13 Striking Alternatives to a Traditional Bridal Veil

See all the beautiful options for adorning your hair sans veil.

13 Striking Alternatives to a Traditional Bridal Veil

Photo: Elizabeth Messina

The accessory that is perhaps most associated with brides is the wedding veil – from blusher to cathedral-length styles, those diaphanous layers of fabric are often considered the finishing touch to a bride’s ensemble. However, cascading lengths of silk tulle aren’t always practical, or simply don’t line up with a bride’s vision or style. And that’s perfectly fine – if your wedding setting isn’t conducive to acres of veil or you have a different look in mind, there are plenty of gorgeous options that are equally becoming of a bride.

From beautiful blossoms to sparkling hair accessories, we outlined the top wedding-day alternatives to bridal veils. Browse the images below for inspiration, and let us know your thoughts on opting out of this traditional bridal accessory.

Fresh Flowers
A delicate bloom pinned to an updo makes a sweetly sophisticated statement, while a blousy flower tucked into flowing tresses evokes an elegant bohemian vibe.

Destination wedding fresh flower hair accessory

Photo by Steve Steinhardt

Fresh pink dahlia in Katrina Hodgson's wedding hair

Photo by Jana Williams Photography

White orchid flower in bride's wedding hairstyle

Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography

Floral Crowns
Regal and earthy at the same time, a floral crown carries the essence of an enchanted fairy tale.

Bridesmaid wearing greenery and flower crown

Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Destination wedding bridal flower crown

Photo by frame.thirty.six photography

Jeweled Hair Clips
Sparkling details like a delicately jeweled barrette or clip add glamour without being heavy-handed.

Flower motif crystal bridal hair accessory

Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography

Bride in jewel ball gown with crystal hair accessory

Photo by Justin Marantz

Crystal hair accessory on bride's bun updo

Photo by The Rad Photographer

Another opulent option, feathered clips and combs suggest exotic tastes and vintage glamour.

Blue feather bridal wedding headpiece

Photo by STAK Photography

White feather hair accessory on bride

Photo by Perspective Studio Photography

More delicate than a barrette and glitzier than a flower, a jeweled headband works beautifully with short hair as well as an elegant upsweep.

Bride holding rustic bouquet with crystal headband

Photo by Lucas Rossi and Michelle Kyle

Black and white photo of bride wearing tiara

Photo by Gruber Photographers

Bride in Claire Pettibone dress with crystal headband

Photo by Kristina Chartier

For other hair accessory ideas, visit our photo galleries, and be sure to check out additional fashion accessories here.