The white lace, the tulle flowing from your hair, the fishnet draped seductively over your eyes – you hate it all. That’s okay. You don’t need a veil – there are so many gorgeous/fun/quirky/what-have-you alternatives to veils these days that you should really put some thought into what you’ll put on your head. From tiaras to combs to feathers and beads, there’s absolutely something out there that’s right for you.

Fascinators: A fascinator is a decorative headpiece, often adorned with jewels or feathers. Often, brides attach a birdcage veil to a fascinator, but it can be worn on its own, too. They can be small and delicate or big and statement-making. Classic ivory or cream, or purple and black. Choose one with feathers, jewels, fishnet or tulle…or all of the above. Some vendors on Etsy will even custom-make a fascinator to your exact specification. Browse the Etsy website to get an idea of what’s out there.

feather fascinators

Fascinators can be small and delicate or big and statement-making


Tiaras: Bridal tiaras can be simple or extravagant, like a crown fit for a queen. Some lay flat. Some have height. Most are encrusted with crystals, and some use pearls instead (or in addition to).

bridal tiaras encrusted with crystals

Most bridal tiaras are encrusted with crystals


Headbands: Nothing is off limits. Feathers, jewels, crystals. Straight across, around the forehead, curling tendrils reaching over the crown of your head, white, colored. Your imagination is your limit with bridal headbands. You only have to browse Etsy or Pinterest to get an idea of the wide variety that’s out there.

wedding veil alternative bridal headband

Your imagination is your limit with bridal headbands.


Ribbons and “ponytail falls”: Think a veil made of ribbons. Check out these DIY instructions via The Offbeat Bride.

ribbon veil wedding veil alternative

This ribbon veil has French lace hand cut into gentle scrolling stems that are hand beaded with Swarovski crystal pearls


Flowers: You can go with a single silk bloom attached to a bobby pin or alligator clip, or you can go with fresh flowers pinned into your hair. You can pin one fresh flower behind your ear, wrap a stem around your bun, make a crown of flowers or intersperse small blooms in a braid. Freesia, daisies and baby’s breath hold up especially well. If you decide to go with fresh flowers, make sure you do your final spritz of hairspray before you pin them in – spraying them could cause them to wilt or shrivel. See Martha Stewart for more tips and examples. Also check out the fresh flower wedding hairstyles ideas at Style Me Pretty and Bridal Musings.

Floral Bridal Hairpiece

Floral headpieces look so beautifully feminine and add a lovely finishing touch


Juliet cap: A Juliet cap is a small, usually mesh headpiece worn towards the front of the head. It’s usually reserved for formalwear or a wedding and often has beading, pearls or jewels. Very elegant – Grace Kelly wore one for her wedding!

diy wedding veil alternatives juliet cap

Juliet caps are very elegant – Grace Kelly wore one for her wedding!


Hats: Big or small, fishnet or no, don’t knock a wedding hat ‘til you’ve tried it. Especially stylish right now? A 1920s, Gastby- and Kentucky-Derby-inspired hats. Check out these, collected by Southern Bride. Who knows? Maybe a pillbox hat or a floppy sunhat is perfect for your big day!

bridal hat wedding veil alternative

Big or small, fishnet or no, don’t knock a wedding hat ‘til you’ve tried one


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