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.
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.
Photo by Steve Steinhardt
Photo by Jana Williams Photography
Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography
Regal and earthy at the same time, a floral crown carries the essence of an enchanted fairy tale.
Photo by Elizabeth Messina
Photo by frame.thirty.six photography
Jeweled Hair Clips
Sparkling details like a delicately jeweled barrette or clip add glamour without being heavy-handed.
Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography
Photo by Justin Marantz
Photo by The Rad Photographer
Another opulent option, feathered clips and combs suggest exotic tastes and vintage glamour.
Photo by STAK Photography
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.
Photo by Lucas Rossi and Michelle Kyle
Photo by Gruber Photographers
Photo by Kristina Chartier
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