7 Non-cheezy Bridal Hair Accessory Ideas

Despite every connotation running through your head right now, bridal hair accessories don't have to be cheesy, sparkly, or anything out of a treacly princess fantasy (unless of course, you dig that, in which case it's totally cool!). "There's something really demure about a subtle hair accessory," says hairstylist Ken Paves. You'll want to get to know your bobby pins—seriously.

BY CATHERINE Q. O'NEILL

HEADBAND

Not something poufy and velvet—we're talking something totally gorgeous and totally nonfunctional. This is not for pulling your hair back, but rather for slipping in the chicest of details. Choose something that blends with your hair color and sits flat on your head, like a Jennifer Behr Arielle headband.

 RIBBON  You're going to be getting a lot of silver, gold, and lace-trimmed ribbon in the coming weeks. Save them. A long, three-quarter-inch piece is what you're looking for—specifically one that's silky and lush, nothing hard or crinkly. Wrap it around a low, wavy ponytail and don't obsess about the knot: The messier and more lopsided it is, the better.

RIBBON

You're going to be getting a lot of silver, gold, and lace-trimmed ribbon in the coming weeks. Save them. A long, three-quarter-inch piece is what you're looking for—specifically one that's silky and lush, nothing hard or crinkly. Wrap it around a low, wavy ponytail and don't obsess about the knot: The messier and more lopsided it is, the better.

 FLOWERS   Flowers in the hair: groundbreaking, right? Well, actually, yes. Skip the daisy crowns and go for oversize blooms or a scattering of tiny rosebuds. The key is to keep the hair loose and tousled; the flowers are almost all the styling you need. Lily Aldridge is wearing a crown by Stone Fox Bride.

FLOWERS

Flowers in the hair:groundbreaking, right? Well, actually, yes. Skip the daisy crowns and go for oversize blooms or a scattering of tiny rosebuds. The key is to keep the hair loose and tousled; the flowers are almost all the styling you need. Lily Aldridge is wearing a crown by Stone Fox Bride.

 BOBBY PINS  Here's the key difference between bobby pins and bridal bobby pins: The former are meant to be hidden; the latter are the main event. Get your hands on some gold, silver, or white pins (or spray-paint your usual set) and slip them into the hair in a  chevron shape. Insta-cool.

BOBBY PINS

Here's the key difference between bobby pins and bridal bobby pins: The former are meant to be hidden; the latter are the main event. Get your hands on some gold, silver, or white pins (or spray-paint your usual set) and slip them into the hair in a chevron shape.Insta-cool.

 ANTIQUE COMB  This is a really good time to use your "something old" card. But if you don't have an antique comb you love, fake it. Jennifer Behr, Colette Malouf, and Lelet NY (shown here) have great options. Slip them into the crease of a French twist, a low chignon, or in the knot of a half-up style.

ANTIQUE COMB

This is a really good time to use your "something old" card. But if you don't have an antique comb you love, fake it. Jennifer Behr, Colette Malouf, and Lelet NY (shown here) have great options. Slip them into the crease of a French twist, a low chignon, or in the knot of a half-up style.

 BARRETTE  The right barrette elevates a ponytail or half-up style by about a thousand points. (Just see the Chanel one above.) Either splurge on a designer clip or use a $3.99 Goody clip—every hairstylist swears by them backstage.

BARRETTE

The right barrette elevates a ponytail or half-up style by about a thousand points. (Just see the Chanel one above.) Either splurge on a designer clip or use a $3.99 Goody clip—every hairstylist swears by them backstage.

 VIOLETTE  We don't mean in a mourning Sicilian-grandmother way. We mean in a fashion runway (Giambattista Valli and Chanel) kind of way. Skip the boxy birdcage or oversize fascinator and go with a violette.  They're sexy and demure—and won't poke anyone in the eye. Jennifer Behr makes beautiful ones, or you can get all crafty and make your own with lace and a headband.

VIOLETTE

We don't mean in a mourning Sicilian-grandmother way. We mean in a fashion runway (Giambattista Valli and Chanel) kind of way. Skip the boxy birdcage or oversize fascinator and go with aviolette. They're sexy and demure—and won't poke anyone in the eye. Jennifer Behr makes beautiful ones, or you can get all crafty and make your own with lace and a headband.