How to wear a flower crown ... and how to deal with your fresh flowers wilting!

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Debbie Carlisle

So you want to wear a fresh flower crown for your wedding – but how should you style it and how do you deal with the fact that the blooms may wilt before the big day is over?

fresh antique pink flower crown with blush pearl and crystal jewellery headband

A fresh flower crown is a wonderful way to create a natural, striking and bohemian style for your wedding day – but if you’re planning to wear one for your daytime ceremony AND your evening reception you could well end up with wilted flowers on your head.

One way of dealing with this is to swap out your flower crown before your evening reception for a more dramatic sparkling bridal headpiece to create a more glamorous look. This is a great idea if you or one of your guests or attendants will be capable of swapping one accessory for the other.

A more striking – and much easier – option is to team your flower crown with a jewelled wedding headpiece for the day and then, when your flowers start to wilt, you can simply remove the floral crown to reveal your jewelled hair accessory in all its glory!

Fresh half flower crown with gold wedding headband

This approach is ideal if you don’t feel confident in your ability (or that of your bridesmaids) to position a different headpiece correctly (especially after a few drinks!) With this option all you or your attendants have to do is lift off your crown to unveil a whole new sparkling evening look!

This look also has the added bonus of being a really beautiful and much more unusual way to rock the flower crown look!

When we were shooting my 2016 wedding accessories collection I decided to ask our florist and hair stylist to create a few different looks by combining a fresh flower crown with some of my ribbon tie jewelled wedding headbands.

fresh flower crown with silver and pearl bridal headband

I asked Anna Potter from Swallows and Damsons to create a half flower crown which could be worn off-centre with a headband placed in a number of positions. We decided on a half flower crown as this would allow the jewelled headbands to just peep out alongside the crown and create a really interesting and striking look.

One of the looks we tried was teaming Anna’s pink-toned flower crown with my antique blush pink mother of pearl flower headband, Isabella (below). The pinks worked so wonderfully together that the two pieces looked like one complete design…and when the crown was removed we were left with a really beautiful and delicate look.

flower crown with pink mother of pearl wedding headband

Blush pink mother of pearl floral wedding headband with flower crown

Isabella blush pink ribbon tie mother of pearl wedding headband

antique blush pink flower bridal headband

Another look we came up with was to team my delicate silver headband, India, with the flower crown – and this time we decided to curve the wired crystal and pearl headpiece a little higher up the head to create a more unusual look alongside the half flower crown. On removing the crown you could leave India as it is or change the position so it sits across the forehead as a browband for a more dramatic look or even remove the ribbons and pin it into the back of your head.

Silver crystal and pearl headband with flower crown

India silver pearl and crystal bridal headband

Delicate silver crystal and pearl brownband with ribbon tie

For a really striking look our hair stylist Jenn Edwards positioned the flower crown just above the hairline and tied the Elizabetta gold mother of pearl flower headband into place below it as a brow band. Styling the ribbon tie headband across the forehead with the crown created a really dramatic feature and is perfect for fashion-loving bohemian brides who want to create a statement look. Again, you can simply remove the flower crown leaving the jewelled headband to shine on its own, or change the positioning of the headband to create a different look altogether.

Gold mother of pearl flower headband with floral crown

Gold crystal bridal headband with wedding flower crown

Gold wedding browband or forehead band

These are just a few of the bridal headpieces which can be styled with a flower crown – take a look at the different ribbon tie wedding headbands in my online shop to see other pieces which can also be worn in the different ways mentioned here.

I hope you like these options for flower crown styling and if you come up with your own way of styling one of my jewelled headpieces with a flower crown please do send me a picture, I’d love to see – and share it on my ‘real brides’ page!


If you’re planning to wear a flower crown and are worried that it won’t last as long as you want it to just ask your florist for advice and they can tailor a flower crown to meet your requirements. Some flowers will last longer than other more delicate blooms so you can lengthen the life of your fresh flower crown by picking certain types of flowers. The temperature on your wedding day will also have an effect on the length of time your flowers will last before wilting so do bear this in mind when choosing a flower crown.


Photography and styling credits:

Photographer: India Hobson 

Hair and Make Up: Jenn Edwards

Hair accessories: Debbie Carlisle

Flower backdrop and crown: Swallows and Damsons

Dresses: Halfpenny London and Jenny Packham courtesy of The White Room 



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