I've been scouring the Internet for months in search of the perfect hair accessory. I have a cathedral-length veil and am still considering bold jewelry, so I didn't want anything too overwhelming, but I'm definitely the girl that needs some bling in her hair. I knew I wanted to add oatmeal peacock feathers to a hair comb, so I've been looking all over for that perfect glitzy comb to use as my starting point.
A few weeks ago I stumbled across this Regina B. hair comb online, and naturally (like any bride) I fell in love with it before I even thought of looking at the price tag. I just loved the shape of it; I could envision the oatmeal feathers coming off of it perfectly, and I knew it'd look fabulous with my veil. Then I saw the $375 price tag, and I closed my browser window before my jaw could hit the desk.
I'm sure there are brides who wouldn't flinch at the idea of dropping $375 on a hair accessory, but I am definitely not one of those brides. There was just no way I could justify the price and trust me I tried to justify it. I kept up with my online searches and found others I liked, but at the end of the day I kept coming back to that one. One of my bridesmaids is flying in from Seattle and every time I was tempted to hit that 'order' button I would remember how much more it would mean to me to put that money toward her roundtrip airfare. There was no way I could justify spending it on something I was going to wear in my hair for mere hours.
Last Sunday night I was perusing Etsy when I stumbled upon what I thought was the hair comb I had been drooling over for weeks. Then I saw the $36.00 price tag and assumed it had to be used, or damaged, or a mirage. But no, it was just a spectacular handmade creation by Melissa Canino of Twinkles Formal Hair Fashion Accessories. I didn't waste any time; that baby was in my cart and paid for in roughly two minutes flat.
Looking at them side by side I actually like my Etsy find so much more. The bottom line is that it matches my dress, bouquet, and wedding brooch better. Also, Melissa is a professional hairstylist, so knowing that my hair comb was lovingly crafted by someone with that experience puts me completely at ease about any last-minute hair accessory disasters.
Ever the Thrifty Bride, I by no means think $36.00 is cheap----I think that is still a hefty sum to spend on something you will wear for one day. But, just look at it: It is so worth it, and besides, a bride has to splurge sometimes, right ? So, another item crossed off my wedding to-do list, and an easy $339.00 saved.
Be sure to check out Melissa's Etsy Shop—especially if you are a bride or bridesmaid-to-be who loves the glitzy accessories. Not such a huge fan of bling in your hair? Consider making a statement with your jewelry. I'm totally in awe of some of the beautiful statement jewelry from Prettied.
Our wedding countdown is now at 75 days and things are really starting to pick up! Remember to keep tabs on Aisle File: Dani & Josh on Facebook for the latest updates.