There’s a new must-have accessory in town: the wedding face mask. While this may not have been a look you expected to be sporting at any celebration, there are some surprisingly chic options.
Face coverings at weddings could well become standard for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Their primary function is as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the virus. But that doesn’t mean you have to totally compromise on style.
If you’re the couple, of course you want to look your best on the big day; if you’re attending a celebration, it makes sense to choose a mask that goes with your carefully chosen wedding guest outfits.
We’re not talking surgical or medical grade masks, but UK government guidelines say wearing a face covering, particularly in enclosed areas, can help us protect each other from Covid-19. From bridal face masks to comfortable coverings for guests, we’ve found the most stylish options for weddings.
1. Custom bride face mask – £12.75, MariasCustomGifts at Etsy
Simple, elegant and to the point, this polyester and cotton mask is an easy-wearing option. It comes with two filters, and has adjustable ear straps for comfort. As this design can be personalised, you can order versions for the whole bridal party.
2. Face mask with filter pocket & nose wire – £5.99, Etsy
If you wear glasses, you’ve probably had to contend with your lenses fogging up as soon as you put on a face covering. The answer? A face mask with a nose wire, so you can mould it to the bridge of your nose, like this budget-friendly Etsy version. Its pared-back style means it’ll go with anything, and it comes in a variety of colours. The seller is also donating £0.50 from each order to NHS staff and volunteer support.
3. 3D floral appliqués mask – £17.02, David’s Bridal
What could be more bridal than pretty floral appliqués? This David’s Bridal face mask would look delightful at all kinds of wedding, from country house elegance to a boho tipi party.
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4. Organic linen mask – £10, Plümo
If your style is on the minimalist side, Plümo’s pared-back face masks could be right on the money. We particularly like this rosebud colour, but other hues are available. The mask is made from linen, a popular material for face coverings as it’s soft, light and breathable, and has antibacterial properties.
5. Sanctuary organic face masks – £18 for a set of three, Anthropologie
Leave it to Anthropologie to create some of the most covetable printed face masks. These organic cotton reusable masks are good value and would look chic at any celebration. The best bit? The company is donating all profits from the masks to NHS Charities Together.
6. Big smiling red lips mask – £19.99, Mask Have Accessory
If you want a face mask with plenty of sass, look no further than this cool design. Luxury British bridalwear designer Chantal Mallett developed her face coverings side project during lockdown, coming up with a range of smart and witty styles. Each one comes with a free filter and storage bag, and features a metal nose strip you can pinch for a perfect fit.
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7. Lily mask – £20.85, DearLilineBijoux at Etsy
This pretty bridal mask is made from two layers of cotton covered with satin and finished with 3D lace. As it ships from the USA, postage is on the pricier side (£12.10 at the time of writing), but you may find that worth it for such a romantic style.
8. Face mask in Peony Blast – £28, Cotton Citizen at Revolve
Yes, £28 is slightly on the spendy side for a face mask, but we can’t get over how cute this on-trend tie dye design looks. On the practical side, it has an adjustable nose bridge.
9. Rainbow face mask – £15, Kurt Geiger
In uncertain times, sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference to how we feel – like this mood-enhancing rainbow mask from Kurt Geiger. It’ll bring a smile to your face (even if other people can’t see that).
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10. Bridal broderie anglaise face mask – £7.50, HandKnittedYorkshire at Etsy
We love the fresh, summery feeling of broderie anglaise, so it’s easy to see why we’re drawn to this reusable mask. There are two layers of fabric and a pleated front.
11. Floral face mask with HEPA filter – £14.95, Love Those Prints at Not On The High Street
This floral mask has a print that feel opulent and sophisticated – we can really see it working at an autumn or winter wedding. It has a nose wire for shaping, a replaceable HEPA filter – great if you’re worried about hay fever at the wedding – and it’s reversible, so you can switch up your style.
12. English Meadow face mask – £45, Aeibe
It’s between you and your budget as to whether you’re happy to spend £45 on a face mask. All we can say is that this floral face covering, made from Liberty London fabric, is bewitchingly pretty – and there are more Liberty prints in the range, too. It also features a nose clip and filter.
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13. Kids pink knit face mask – £9, Just Hype
We’re not forgetting the younger wedding guests – this knit mask is suitable for up to age 10 and has been designed with comfort in mind. Just Hype have an excellent range of face masks for both adults and children, and while many are a tad bold for a wedding, there are some more pared-back versions that would be ideal.
14. Ballet Slipper face mask – £12, Florence Bridge
We never thought we’d describe a face mask as enchanting. How times change. But that really is the best word to sum up this duchess satin mask, in a romantic shade of pink and with side ties you can make a feature of.
15. Toile de Jouy cotton face mask – £8, WithLoveJenAndDaria at Etsy
Traditional French print Toile de Jouy is so elegant, creating a delicately pretty effect on this cotton mask. The seller is donating all the proceeds to NHS Together charities, as if you needed another reason to add it to your basket.
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16. Custom face mask – from £15 for two, Contrado
Want a bespoke wedding face mask? Contrado let you custom the design of your mask, adding text (your wedding date, for example) and images. If you’re not feeling super-creative at the moment, you can also shop pre-existing designs by artists.
17. Disco Ball face mask – £25, Katie May at Revolve
Bring some sparkle to your face with this sequinned mask. Lined with polyester and covered with a white sequin mesh, it’s ideal for a bride who won’t compromise on glamour.
18. Better Together face masks – £25.05, EverydayBestday at Etsy
These pared-back masks are a cool alternative to all the “Mr & Mrs”, “Mr & Mr” and “Mrs & Mrs” masks that are sprouting up all over Etsy. The simplicity means they won’t take away from your outfits.
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19. Cotton face mask – £20 for three, Lavender Hill Clothing
Ideal for a laidback yet still style-conscious groom, every time you buy a pack of these triple-layered face masks, the brand will donate a pack to charity Katherine Low Settlement.
20. Face mask – £17, Grlfrnd at Revolve
The pattern on this jersey mask is gorgeous – we could really see it working for a boho bride who wants to add a pop of colour to her look.
21. Face mask – £12, Reformation
For a romantic feel, this rose-strewn mask is hard to beat. The tie sides will look particularly pretty and also help you adjust the fit.
22. Children’s face masks – £5.50 each, SIWFDesigns at Etsy
We can’t decide which of these children’s face mask designs is the cutest. We’re leaning towards the pandas, but really, any one of them would be great for your younger wedding guests.
23. Washable hygiene face mask – £5.98 at Femme Luxe
If you want a mask that won’t detract from the rest of your outfit – and that’s affordable too – check out this Femme Luxe face covering. As an extra bonus, it can be your “something blue”.
24. Face mask pattern – free, Christopher Kane
Designer Christopher Kane produced some very chic face masks using leftover fabric. These have now sold out, but you can download the pattern for free if you’d like to go DIY and make your own.
25. Fabric face mask – £7.50, LoveLeighGiftsUK at Etsy
Bring some botanical freshness to your look with a leaf-print face mask, like this double-lined mask from Etsy. It features a nose wire and a filter pocket.
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