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How to Accessorize with a Floral Crown

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When Natalie Portman wore a fresh floral garland atop her tresses for her 2012 wedding, the look was seemingly an homage to both wood nymphs and Audrey Hepburn — ethereal and chic. Whether you want to add a touch of nature — outdoor wedding, anyone? — or simply add some celeb-inspired glamour, you can make this flower accessory work your own with these expert tips.

Renaissance Faire Redo

Some brides will certainly gravitate toward a Boho-chic wreath of dainty and romantic blooms. But for an updated vibe, think about flora that match up with modern composition concepts like clean lines, color blocking and architectural structure, says Stephanie Major, owner of the Portland, Ore.-based floral design company Petalos. “Options that exude these elements would be air plants, succulents, anthuriums, calla lilies, tulips and blushing bride.”

In terms of design, consider forgoing the classic headband in favor of a chic asymmetrical look – the flowers (often large and colorful) are clustered more heavily on one side of the forehead, creating a dramatic focal point, says Emily Gladnick, owner of San Diego-based Urban Garden Floral & Event Design. Also, don’t be afraid to incorporate non-floral items, such as lace, feathers or jewels.

Practical Magic

If you don’t want to end up with a coronet of limp and brown blooms, select hearty flowers that can withstand heat and lack of water, such as roses, peonies, orchids, freesia and small succulents, says Gladnick. You’ll also want to get your hair stylist involved to ensure your desired ’do will work with the headpiece, says Major. She recommends taking a picture of yourself during your hair trial and sending it to your florist so that she or he can better determine an appropriate size and structure for the crown.

Clothes Call

The biggest mistake any bride can make is overwhelming her attire with too many accessories, warns Major. Because a blossom tiara is a bit of showpiece, she advises sticking with small, droplet earrings and either skipping the necklace or opting for a simple chain or strand of pearls. And, adds Gladnick, statement-making floral crowns look best with understated, sheath-y or flowing dresses, so try to avoid full skirts or gowns with lots of beading or other details.

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