Five ways to add feathers to your bridal look

27 Jan 2022

Classic and timeless with an on trend edge, feathers are a wonderful way to add interest to your bridal look while complementing your chosen style

Feathers are riding high in the bridal fashion stakes, not least because of their versatility. Glamorous and luxurious, romantic and vintage, or beautifully bohemian, when creating your desired bridal style feathers have numerous qualities to elevate your look. 

And their versatility doesn't stop there. Brides can be as bold and daring or soft and subtle as they choose when incorporating feathers. Whether you're looking to include full-on fabulous feathers or want to make a simple nod towards the trend in your wedding wear, there are various ways you can embrace the look. 

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1. Opt for feather details on your dress

For ethereal movement and a feminine touch, choose a feathered skirt or subtle trim at the hem or neckline of your wedding dress. Bridal designers are increasingly using feathers in their collections and there is a wealth of options for brides to choose from.

You could even switch it up and choose a more informal dress featuring feathers for the evening wedding reception.

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Above: Maribou skirt by Halfpenny London, check retailers for pricing

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Above: Derina by Ronald Joyce, check retailers for pricing

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Above: Katie by Nadine Merabi, £375

2. Choose a feathered cover-up

Cover up in style with a feathered bolero, stole or jacket, perfect for an autumn or winter wedding. Available in a range of colours, these bridal cover-ups can add an extra layer of chic sophistication and will look great in photos too. 

Siu Coll, founder of bridal accessory online retailer Liberty in Love, says: "Feathered accessories have become wildly popular, as they’re a celebration of unabashed bridal glamour. Feather cover-ups are a classic case in point here. Choose a form-flattering cropped shape to offer a touch of coverage while not covering up your beloved dress too much."

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Above: Blush Pink Feather Bolero Jacket from Liberty in Love, £230

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Above: Ivory Feather Bridal Cape from Liberty in Love, £245

3. Take on the trend with your bouquet

In keeping with your bridal style and wedding theme, your bouquet can serve to bring the two together. Dried wedding flowers are on trend and can be interspersed with feathers for colour and texture, while fresh florals can also incorporate feathers with ease.

You can request colours to match your wedding scheme, from bold hues to muted tones. Alternatively, turn to the natural world for inspiration and consider pheasant feathers or peacock feathers instead for a head-turning pattern and pop of colour. 

Carry the theme through to your wedding décor with feather and floral combinations, or displays using macramé and dreamcatchers for the ultimate in boho chic.

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Above: Getty Images

4. Pack your bag for the occasion

It's not often that you see brides carrying a bag instead of a bouquet, but it is an essential item to store your must-have items to get you through the day. Plus a bag enables you to add another design element to your bridal ensemble. 

Complete your look with a feather clutch bag or drawstring pouch... to have and to hold. 

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Above: Feather bag with diamante clasp from Rhubarb Curve, £50 (Supplied by Lovett & Co)

5. Add a fascinator or headpiece 

For a finishing touch that exudes vintage glamour, a headpiece of fascinator is the way forward, and there is an infinite amount of feathered varieties available at all price points. You could even tuck your feather of choice into a headpiece that you have set your heart on for a 1920s twist in an instant. 

Harriet Head, founder of bridal and wedding headwear brand By Harriet, says: "There’s an appetite for flamboyance after two years of cancelled and low-key weddings. While top designers are featuring exquisite statement gowns with feather detailing, these may be beyond budget or a bit too much, so feather hair accessories are the perfect way to embrace the trend. Timeless, and enduringly stylish."

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Above: Odette Wedding Hairpiece from By Harriet, £120

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Above: Bride Magazine Featured Photo Shoot at Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk

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Above: Getty Images

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