When it comes to wedding-day ensembles, no single accessory is as polarizing as the veil. Whether it comes down to tradition, religion or the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play out your Kate Middleton a la Royal Wedding fantasy, there are simply those who are ‘veil girls’ and those who are not. I, for one, fall into the latter camp. Maybe the look is just a tad too twee for my tastes. Or perhaps its the myriad logistical issues—veils and wind are a tenuous battle of expectation versus reality. But when my day to take a twirl down the aisle arrives, the last thing you’ll find atop my head is 72 inches of lace-trimmed tulle.
So, if you too cringe at the mere mention of that which is sheer and flowy, look no further than these 15 equally pretty veil alternatives for brides of any style. No lifting required...your maid of honor will thank you.
Lily of the Valley Hair Comb
This comb features dangling 14K gold-plated hanging brass blooms and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Drape this piece at the midsection of your updo or over waves for a glamorous Grecian goddess vibe.
Sassy Statement Fascinator
Bold and whimsical all at once, this asymmetrical fascinator combines sinamay flowers and feathers with a modest netted veil.
Simple yet striking, Eugenia Kim’s grosgrain headband is trimmed with sleek feathers—the perfect topper for the modern minimalist bride.
Meadow Flower and Chandelier Alice Band
Pale velvet flowers and a cascade of diamante embellishments come together to create this vintage-meets-modern adornment by Her Curious Nature.
Jennifer Behr Five Strand Crystal Bandeau Headband
Add some interest to a simple updo with this heirloom-quality Rhodium-plated brass metal headband composed of five strands of Swarovski sparklers.
Priestess Feather Headpiece
A trio of 18K yellow gold-dipped brass feathers make up this bohemian-chic hairpiece that features a dual center chain to fit any style.
The nontraditional bride with a stylish streak will love this turban-inspired knotted metallic headband by Eugenia Kim.
Nina Sequin Diamante Bridal Head Band
A heavy dose of diamante makes this otherwise simple elastic headband a sparkling showstopper.
Poppies Wide Headband
Take your flower-crown obsession to the next level with this 14K antiqued gold band that can be worn on the front of your head as a regal coronet or in the back for an equally queenly look.
Rhinestone Hair Swirls
Consider a smattering of sparkling rhinestone swirls for an effortless pop of sparkle on any simple updo.
Tina Veil Headband
While still technically a veil, this lace-draped headband is an impossibly cool take on the classic blusher.
Nina Pearl Embellished Hair Pin Chain
Three dangling strands of pearlescent baubles can be clipped to hang over your forehead or at the base of a bun.
Whispy ivory petals and draped feathers create a perfectly precious topper for the ultra-feminine bride.
Statement Hero Headband
Winter brides, look no further than this multidimensional crown of faux-pearl and crystal embellishments for an ice princess-inspired touch.
Bianca Netted Embellished Veil
Gigi Burris’ headband with ombre Swarovski embellished netting is all at once bold and delicate.
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