While we love a good veil, there's just something about a flower crown that can totally transform a bridal look. From lush and whimsical to delicate and fairy-like, this bridal accessory can be designed to fit any style — and any season. Dreaming of flowers in your hair, even with a winter wedding date? Victoria Ahn, founder of Designs by Ahn in New York City, has shared some fabulous tips for transforming the traditional flower crown into a winning winter wedding accessory.
Start with small blooms and seasonal accents.
"Mini roses are perfect for flower crowns, no matter the season" says Ahn. "Their small, hardier blooms will stay looking fresh longer than other flowers." She loves to include eucalyptus leaves in her designs, and leans toward seeded eucalyptus for winter designs.
"There are also some great, seasonal floral options that work wonderfully. Ranunculus are sturdy and have small blooms that work wonderfully. Berries are also fantastic seasonal accents, like winterberries, viburnum berries and eucalyptus pods." For some silvery softness, dusty miller leaf will heighten that winter aesthetic.
Choosing the right greenery is key.
Of course, you don't want to look like you're wearing a Christmas wreath on your head! "Choose greenery with smaller leaves to keep your crown from looking too dense," Ahn advises. "And try not to crowd too many flowers too close together. This can weigh down the design and make it difficult to keep the crown in place."
Set the tone with your color palette.
Whether your style is natural, modern, minimalist, or lush, it can definitely work in winter. "The most important choice is the color palette, which will be essential to set the tone for a more seasonal celebration," Ahn says. "A neutral palette is always pretty in winter. Champagne and beige flowers with silver and gray accents would look fabulous with pops of blue and black from berries or anemones." If you prefer color, go for deep purple or burgundy for a moody and cozy feel. "And of course, metallic accents like silver or gold are perfect for winter!" Ahn concludes.
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Remember, less is more.
No matter the season, the right design will make your crown both look and feel great. "Use a variety of blooms and textures to create dimension, and remember that less is usually more — this will help keep the design light and comfortable," Ahn explains. "You can get creative with spacing, either spreading out tiny blooms throughout the crown or clustering them to one side."
Once it's on your head, your crown should stay put. "They're either made to fit your measurements, or may come as an open circle with ribbons that tie at the back so you can get a perfect fit," says Ahn. "But if you're worried about it shifting (especially on the dance floor!), criss-cross a few bobby pins in discrete spots to make it extra secure."