Hey y’all! I’d like to share with you a resource that was such a blessing to my friends and me this summer! Have you heard of Garlands of Grace? I had seen some of their gorgeous hair pieces on Pinterest but hadn’t ever clicked through to the website, which was super silly of me! I wish I had known about them sooner.

My friend Cami sent the bridesmaids a link to their website and I was blown away by the beauty. We quickly decided the Cecily’s Classic Lace was exactly what we were looking for in a headcovering for Kaliste’s wedding.

 To us, weddings are a worship service. They are a beautiful illustration of the covenant that the Lord makes with us. Just as we renew covenant with Him every week when we worship on the Lord’s Day, so witnessing the covenant vows of two of His children is worship. The program of the wedding was gorgeously liturgical, such a testimony. My favorite part of the liturgy was the songs they had chosen that spoke of Christ coming to His Bride. Goosebumpy.

 In the name of full disclosure, Garlands of Grace provided all the headcoverings for Kaliste’s wedding to us in exchange for this post. Wasn’t that super generous of them? But really, I am sooooo impressed with these headcoverings.

Emotions.

Any woman who covers knows the struggle of keeping your headscarf in place without super conspicuous bobby pins/clips. The Cecily’s Classic Lace coverings have a soft velvet band sewn into the front of them so that they don’t slip! Plus, the material is soft and stretchy which allows for easy tying.

And the ties. Okay, another thing I hate about usual scarf headcoverings is all the bulk in the back when you tie them. The tails stick out from under your hair and it’s just awkward looking. Noooot a problem with these at all, since the tails are small and soft.

I’ve been wearing my scarf to church almost every week since the wedding because it is just. so. comfortable. (Here’s a link to one outfit I wore.)  Almost all hats and scarves give me a headache after just a short time, but this one doesn’t ever. Huge blessing!

If you would like to see more pictures of our bridesmaid dresses, you can visit this post. πŸ™‚

I hope this review has been helpful for those looking for a great headcovering source! I’m planning on ordering some more colors/styles soon. Having a go-to white headcovering has been a huge stress-reliever and so nice.

Even if you don’t wear headcoverings to church, Garlands of Grace has some adorable headbands for everyday wear! Check em out.

Do you wear a headcovering? Do you have the same issues with scarves I used to have? Have a great day!

Wedding images by Rachel Clarke Photography

38 thoughts on “Review | Garlands of Grace”

  1. Wow, that headband on top is very pretty! I have heard of them, and we have a basket full of their beautiful head coverings. πŸ™‚
    ~Katie @ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

  2. Garlands of Grace seems like such a delightful company! I myself don't wear head coverings to church, so the headbands would be a better choice for me πŸ™‚ How neat that they sponsored the head coverings for the wedding!

    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com

  3. I always wear a headcovering at church, and I know lots of other girls and women who do the same. It's really making a resurgence today.

    You'd probably really like this video about headcovering:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFqSae_ZwRY

    A quote from one young man in the video:
    "By putting the cloth on your head you're not hiding your beauty, you're revealing your dignity, and your beauty is being expressed in a different way. There's a certain degree of beauty that shines forth from the most beautiful of all God's creatures covering themselves, so that God's presence may be more clearly aware to others."

  4. In picture four it looks like everyone is crying? Was it when the vows were being exchanged or something?

    I don't wear a head covering. I believe that hair is a covering because of what it says in 1 Corinthians about a woman being covered and her covering not being cut. There are also other verses that I read that helped me come to this decision. 1 Corinthians 11: 15 says that hair was given to women as a covering. That's my view, but I whole heartedly respect you, Olivia, and other girls and women that wear head coverings.
    Kathryn

    1. Yes, it was a very emotional ceremony 1) because it was so beautiful and 2) because we all realized this was the start of the rest of our best friend's life and it was so exciting! I believe that picture was taken while her father was giving her away, though, which is always especially emotional when the father and daughter have as strong a bond as Kaliste and her father do. πŸ™‚

  5. I think those coverings on y'all are lovely, just lovely. It is attractive and only enhanced your feminine beauty, with a freshness. πŸ™‚ thanks for the post!
    Brielle

  6. Not trying to be mean, but asking out of total curiosity. What is the difference between the head coverings you have on and a regular wide hairband. If you wore that on the street, I would never guess it was a head covering. Looks like a pretty hairband. They are cute by the way!
    Naomi

  7. Garlands of Grace has so many wonderful choices to choose from! I have visited their site before, but I always find myself emptying my 'cart' because I am too cheap to pay that much for "just a piece of fabric" as my brother calls it. Ha ha! Maybe one day I will break down and buy one anyway! They are so pretty!

    I had wondered why I didn't see you wearing a covering in the post about the bridesmaid dresses…now I know the whole story. πŸ˜‰

    Cassie
    p.s. LOVE the photos.

  8. I began wearing a head covering to church not too long ago and I you're right, after a bit they give me a headache! I finally ordered one from Garlands of Grace and it is so comfortable! I really love the ones they wore for this wedding!

  9. I have been purchasing coverings/headbands from Garlands of Grace for a couple years now and I LOVE them. They are made with love by a wonderful family who are very attentive to their customers needs. I have coverings for all seasons and they are soft and comfortable and easy to wear. I have this white lace covering and the ivory lace one is also beautiful. I have totally lost count on how many I have but there will be more in my future ~ God Bless you and I am glad I found your blog <>< Barb M

  10. I don't wear head coverings, but they sound like an awesome sight for those who do! I might still check out their headbands, even though I have a hard time getting them to work usually. πŸ™‚

    How long ago was the wedding? That navy and white striped skirt post was quite a while ago.
    Love the pics, thanks for sharing!
    ~Abby

  11. I have no idea where mom and I got our head coverings. Since we only wear them at church (and they wash well), we've had them for years. Mine has been slipping a lot lately, though. Dad just told me last week that he's been distracted by how much I need to adjust it. Those velvet, no-slip strips sound lovely.

    Beautiful wedding pictures.

  12. I have been using Garlands of Grace for a couple of years and love them. They are comfortable and beautiful. Rachel, from Garlands of Grace has always been accommodating and will even special order any size/length and replace a tie for a clasp if you prefer. I love that you all wore the head covers during a wedding where there is prayer and scripture being read. What an encouragement to see this post.

  13. These pictures are just beautiful! πŸ™‚ I love Garlands of Grace… I've not been able to purchase any of their beautiful scarves yet, but one day! πŸ™‚ I wear a headscarf every day and finding one that doesn't bunch in the back is a big must! I don't get headaches myself, but I've talked to quite a few young ladies who say they do. *shrugs* I'm just lucky I guess. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your bold approach in discussing head coverings as I know its a touchy issue in the Christian church… You're such an encouragement and inspiration, Olivia! Blessings!

  14. So cute! I don't wear head coverings, but I might get some just cuz they are pretty! ( I might try my hand at making some of them! and what beautiful dresses!) -Abi
    jubilantjoys.blogpot.com

  15. Beautiful pictures!

    Here's just a comment on head coverings, as I don't wear them, but my Sunday school class recently studied a passage in scripture about them. From what I learned, head coverings were only worn by married ladies to show they were under submission to their husbands, and the covering would cover all of their hair. I just wondered what passage of scripture you use to show you need a head covering, and why it doesn't cover all your hair? I'm just curious, and hope to be in no way offensive.

    -Bethany

    1. Hi Bethany- You ask a very great question. The passage comes from 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. It's a wonderful passage that has been neglected quite a bit so it's great that your church is making an effort to study this passage. Here is a wonderful website that is very sound on the subject which I thought you might be interested in http://headcoverings.org/. There is a lot of other great material out there on this subject. My only warning is to be careful of those that teach it with a preconceived idea regarding the culture of Corinth during the first century. Many will say that it was just cultural and that it's not applicable today, but as you read this passage you will see that Paul bases his reasons on age-lasting and universal reasons that transcend culture. Two of the very same reasons are used in 1 Tim. 2:11-14 and 1 Cor. 13:34 (headship and creation order) in regards to women preachers and the reasons stated in these passages were not cultural either. The head cover is also not just for married women, since the headship is not meant to be followed only by those who are married. Both men and women are amenable to this command since the passage says, "every man" and "every women." I too used to believe just as you stated in your comment, but once I studied it in a way which removed all of my prior biases and preconceived ideas, I was able to see the truth of these scriptures. May God bless you and keep you.

  16. I have been wearing headcoverings for almost 2 years. I have to say that 99% of mine have come from Garlands of Grace. Those ladies are precious and do beautiful work.

  17. I love Garlands of Grace's stuff, but she's so rabidly anti-Catholic I can never bring myself to buy something, no matter how much I like it. πŸ™ Terribly frustrating.

  18. I agree with Elizabeth, they have such beautiful pieces. But as a Catholic who wanted to start headcovering at church, I was very put off by their attitudes towards fellow Christians. I have been using super wide headbands from the drugstore rather than financially support a company that spreads hate.

    1. Hi Amber and Elizabeth,

      I was wondering if you could explain how this company has spread hate. I have bought countless coverings from them and have never had a bad experience with them. Could you expand on your experience? I don't believe they are "rabidly anit-Catholic" but rather pro New Testament Christianity. I just would not want this company to be accused of "hate" because their biblical views differ from Catholic traditions.

  19. I'm not Amber rot Elizabeth, but I'll jump in here. The issue with Garlands of Grace began with a facebook post the company made a couple of years ago.

    "In response to several ladies who have wondered and many others who have presumed, I am compelled to share:
    Garlands of Grace in NOT a Catholic run business. I am burdened for all who stand with the Catholic Church and would plead with you to come out and believe the Word of God."

    A better way to answer the question could have been to say simply, "We are not a Catholic company, we are (fill in the bank)."

    Their post seems to imply that Catholics are a burden and do not know/believe the Word of God. I don't know that I would call them "rabidly anti-Catholic" but it certainly does feel insulting to be called a burden. I would suggest too that Roman Catholics are familiar with the bible being that there are three reading from the Bible in each Sunday mass.

    The tone used by Garland of Grace in there post was very off-putting and spreading misinformation doesn't benefit anyone, including them.

    Jenny K

  20. Thanks Jenny. I had read the same thing some time ago and likened it to Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 when he pleaded with the Corinthians "Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." Paul wanted them to be of one mind, not become multiple denominations with multiple traditions and man-made "doctrines." It may have sounded harsh to those in Corinth who had differing beliefs but none-the-less, Paul still had to preach the full council. Their plea to come out and believe the Word of God is a genuine concern for all New Testament Christians who believe that man-made customs and traditions should be left out of worship to God. The Bible gives us our pattern for worship, not man, or man-made traditions. Over time these man-made traditions have somehow turned into biblical-doctrine within the Catholic church and that may the reason for Garlands of Graces' sincere plea "to come out and believe the Word of God." We must worship in spirit and in truth" John 4:23 or else our worship is in vain Matthew 15:9.

  21. P.S. I wanted to also comment on Garland of Graces' response; "I am burdened for all who stand with the Catholic Church." I'm sure this was not meant to be an insult but only a sincere sadness. I too feel saddened by those that wish not to follow God's Word entirely. That is not a personal insult to any one person, just a statement of a saddened heart. Hope this helps clarify.

  22. They may not have meant it as an insult, but it just shows how narrow-minded they are. I simply could not purchase a covering from them to wear in Mass, it would feel inappropriate.

    Anonymous, if you'd read the same scripture you quoted, and see it from the prospective of the Church that has been teaching the same truth for 2000 years, 1500 years before any Protestant churches came to exist. Who is creating divisions among Christians? That is my prospective.

    I will not be contributing any more to this conversation, as I don't participate in doctrinal debates over blog post comments πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Amber,
      You might want to check this website out on your free time. http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=114&article=1027 It's about The Bible and Catholic Tradition.

      While there are many morally good and lovely Catholic people, whom we admire and for whom we have affection, the fact remains that the Roman Catholic church stands in stark contrast to the teaching of the New Testament.

      The dogma of original sin, infant baptism, sprinkling as a substitute for immersion, auricular confession, penance, the sacrifice of the mass, etc., all are quite alien to the divinely revealed plan of salvation as set forth by Christ and his inspired spokesmen.

      I am part of the New Testament church that began by Christ and was established by the apostles. I worship just as they did in the first century, without any additions or subtractions of man. I hope and pray that all will read the Bible and do the same. May God bless you and keep you.

  23. "Sincere sadness" or not, that's basically cheap Christianese for "ya'll are going to hell."

    The most off-putting part was her refusal to hold any dialogue on the topic. When her RC customers started schooling her on church history, and the origins of Scripture, and Holy Tradition she simply responded with the classic "anti-Catholic" proof texts. No reasoning together, nothing productive, just a lot of unhappy customers and holy smugness. I get that a Facebook page may not be the place for that kind of discussion, but if that's her excuse then why even bother kicking over that hornet's nest?

    I'm not even Catholic; I'm Anglican with an Eastern Orthodox flare. But one of my best friends is Catholic, we've been known to run off to candlelight mass together, and we are perfectly capable of discussion purgatory, and the primacy of the Bishop of Rome, and how Scripture and Holy Tradition relate to one another, and just how many Sacraments there are, and Transubstantiation vs. Holy Mystery without getting dramatic and woeful about the state of the other person's soul. (That last topic might have gotten a touch snippy, but we still love each other, and we don't question the other person's love for the Eucharist, and that's the important part.)

    tl;dr: She should have responded with a lot more grace.

    1. Oh, my goodness. I did not know about this entire incident and I am pretty well distressed to read of it. I have a lovely veil from GofGrace that I have been wearing to Mass for four years. I can't tell you how sad this makes me.

      Olivia, please forgive me for even continuing this discussion in the comments of your post with such lovely wedding pictures – but now that I have read this, I am put in a position where I must defend my faith in Jesus Christ. I WILL try to keep it brief! πŸ™‚

      Anonymous (at 9/10 on 10:50 AM), I am not singling you out, but rather, as you offered reading material, I too would like to make a suggestion:

      http://www.johnsalza.com/p/scripturefathers.html

      All of the concerns you mention in your third paragraph are addressed by this apologist (and indeed, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, if you're ever inclined to look at it and find out what practicing Catholics truly believe. Oh, I'll just link you up while I'm at it. It's an absolutely amazing document.)

      http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

      I am sure you did not mean to be offensive, but implying that Christian Catholics haven't read the Bible is unkind. I hope that going forward, if you make that kind of statement, you will phrase it differently.

      Lastly, if you celebrate and worship the way the first Christians did . . . you celebrate the Mass. (Have you ever read any of the writings of Justin Martyr, who died, I believe around 160 AD? He specifically mentions the Mass.) At the link above (to John Salza's writings) you will also find brief excerpts of writings from some of the early leaders of Christianity – their words are so fascinating and exciting to read and show us, again, what the early Christians believed and practiced.

      Finally, I would like to point out that MANY Catholics are baptized by immersion. (I address this point specifically because so few Protestant Christians are aware of it.) The Melkite and the Maronite Catholics are two that come to mind. Their baptisms are just as valid as, and they are in full communion with, the Roman Catholics.

      Blessings to ALL of you – because we all love Him, and we are all seeking His Face!

  24. Seeing the photos of you ladies dressed modestly and with head coverings has inspired me too wear one to the glory of God. And such beautiful options to choose from!
    The wedding seems so sweet and worshipful, just from looking at the pictures!
    Fuchsia

  25. Thanks! I have been covering in church but was trying to decide whether or not to do so at my brothers' weddings this fall. I think I may have found a solution. πŸ™‚

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