And the award for most whimsy hair accessory goes to: flowers. Every time. Their only downfall? Staying power, or lack thereof – a circlet of pink roses doesn’t hold quite the same appeal when it’s more brown than blush. Here, floral stylist Kelly Amundsen shares how to keep your blooms looking fresh.
1. Keep flowers cool and fresh in the refrigerator, and only put them in your hair at the last moment.
2. Don’t use hairspray on flowers – the alcohol and polymers will cause them to wilt and damage the delicate petals.
3. If you are making your own headpieces using flowers from your garden, have a few trial runs before the day. Otherwise, work closely with a reputable florist.
4. Have a spare headpiece – think a crystalled hairclip or and elegant faux bloom – ready in case the petals begin to droop between the time of the ceremony and the reception.
5. Use big flowers for maximum impact. However, keep in mind that they will open and get bigger during the day, especially if you are using peonies or roses.
6. Opt for flowers that are in season and resilient rather than fragile – good summer choices include gardenias, sweet peas and hydraengas. In winter, go for Peris Bud and Winter Rose.
7.Watch out for flowers that could cause an allergic reaction and remove any loose pollen to avoid staining your dress.