Years and years ago, brides wore veils, long veils. It’s just what they did. They wore a white wedding dress and veil. And if you were an early trendsetter who decided to forgo the veil, you probably got a stern look of disapproval from your grandmother. Now days, things are changing. Don’t get us wrong, brides still loves veils, veils are still in, and veils are still very gorgeous. But brides are beginning to expand their bridal headwear options to include baubles, headbands, flowers, vintage hair pieces, and much, much more. Check out a few of our favorites!
Birdcage veils. For the bride who loves vintage or dramatic glamour, this is a fabulous option for you. These stunning beauties have a classic elegance to them, while maintaining a sense of no fuss fashion. There are tons of great options throughout Etsy. Just search “birdcage veils” and you’ll be met with hundreds of options, each with great pictures and descriptions. Still not sure you’re sold on the birdcage veil for the wedding day? Think about using one in your bridal portraits for a dramatic and different look.
Brooches. These sparkly baubles give you the freedom to incorporate as much or as little bling as you want, as brooches come in every possible shape and size. You can also incorporate hints of your wedding colors into these accessories, without overwhelming your entire look. Lots of brides also take advantage of brooches as their something old or something borrowed, incorporating brooches from family members or dear friends. Don’t have any brooches in the family? Look at antique stores, vintage shops, and estate sales for older finds or scour jewelry shows for newer bling. Brooches can be incorporated into almost any hair style…up, down, long, short, you name it!
Floral. The idea of flowers in the bride’s hair used to be reserved for destination weddings, but not anymore. Brides everywhere are looking to nature to add a festive flair to their look. Simple blooms look best, and white blooms create a look that is both polished and pretty. Talk with your florist about what blooms might look best as well as what will be in season. It is important to make sure the stem is long enough to slip a few bobby pins through, and if you would prefer to have your florist wrap a barrette or hair clip with the bloom, most are happy to do that for you. And for the whimsical bride planning a garden party, why not do a wreath of baby’s breath? A look fit for a princess, without being draped in diamonds.
Headbands. Once a thing for schoolgirls, headbands have come back onto the fashion scene in a big way the past few years. Headbands are a fun way, yet hassle free way to add some fun to your bridal look. And since headbands are so popular, look beyond the typical bridal stores. Some of your favorite retailers such as Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Nordstrom, and Forever 21, make great headbands.
Custom hairpieces. Can’t decide what you want? Thinking you want a little bit of everything, or maybe something with feathers, or maybe something you haven’t even actually seen yet? Having a hair piece specifically designed for you is a special way to make a personal stamp on your bridal look. Lo Boheme is one of our favorite places for custom hairpieces, as well as other wedding day accessories. If the price tag is a bit high for you, invest some time looking around Etsy. There are some incredibly talented people out there, just waiting to make the perfect hairpiece, just for you!
And if you’re not quite ready to give up on the veil, no worries! Have the best of both worlds by wearing a veil for your ceremony and switching into one of the options above for your reception. That way you can dance the night away hands and worry free! Wedding Veil Alternatives