10 Stunning Alternative Bridal Headpieces That Go Beyond the Veil

10 Stunning Alternative Bridal Headpieces That Go Beyond the Veil
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To top off your wedding attire in trendsetting fashion, today’s bride can choose a headpiece or hair accessory as an alternative to the traditional veil. Donning a show-stopping headpiece as your crowning glory is an easy way to add personal style to your wedding ensemble. From rustic flower crowns to glamorous turbans and dazzling tiaras, wedding headpieces function as an accessory as well as an aesthetic statement of your dynamic personality.


There are limitless headpiece options, so your task is simple: Choose one that complements your dress and expresses your unique style. Retro brides will love fascinators and feather headpieces, while boho brides may prefer floral hair clips or flower crowns. (The super glam bride can totally rock a chic turban!) We especially love accessories that can be worn again for other occasions, that’s why we’ve rounded up the most fashionable and versatile bridal hair accessories, including pieces from Nordstrom, BHLDN, Dillard’s and Etsy.


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Kira Crystal Halo & Sash


Within the category of intricate crystal headpieces, this radiant halo from Brides & Hairpins is a winner. Its gold-plated wire is shaped by hand into a delicate botanical motif that sparkles with an abundance of marquise crystals. It has already been a hit on Instagram and we assure you, it will make you the star of your own show. Bonus: It’s designed for wear as a headpiece or belt with a simple switch of the ribbons, as it includes both 47” halo ribbons and 60” sash ribbons.

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Twigs & Honey Ginerva Tiara


The gold-plate brass vines of this exquisite tiara are sprinkled with marquis and round rhinestones from Swarovski, the premier maker of modern crystals. It was designed for BHLDN by Myra Callan, the Oregon-based designer behind Twigs & Honey. Callan is known for crafting headpieces from delicate petals and sparkling crystals with careful attention to detail. If you have an interest in fine craftsmanship, this regal tiara is the finishing touch for your bridal ensemble.

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Luna Bea’s Midnight Rose Comb


Before founding Luna Bea, designer Lou Simmonds worked in the costume departments at The Royal Ballet and Disney, and she embroidered for haute couture fashion houses. Her illustrious background is revealed in pieces such as this rose hair comb, which was inspired by wild English roses after the summer rain. It was handmade in England out of porcelain-painted silk and gold-plated brass and will perch perfectly in any wedding updo.

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Rona Handmade Turban


This turban is a work of art. What an exciting new option for brides, as a turban can complement hairstyles ranging from flowing curls to an elegant chignon. Designed by an Israeli woman for religious purposes, Rona turbans are worn today by women of all races, religions and from various walks of life. We love this crisp white wedding turban made of a scuba and Lycra blend that gives it a sculpted look and lightweight feel. Topped with a dramatic bow, it is positively perfect for a wedding headpiece. Plus, the shirring at the sides and height at the top make for an extremely fashionable look.

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Nayana Halo


We love BHLDN’s ethereal take on all things bridal, and this handmade halo is yet another example of the brand’s beauty. In a world of mass production, it’s nice to find a handmade headpiece as well-crafted as this enchanting halo. With its glittering rhinestones that sit amongst gilded leaves, this halo is infused with the spirit of a Grecian goddess. Its clusters of freshwater pearls are in tones of blush and ivory and the crystals are faceted rounds, making the materials a melange of pretty tones and textures.

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Natasha Accessories Small Platter Fascinator


From Natasha Accessories for Dillard’s, this fascinator features a dainty, open weave platter as its base topped by a spray of feathers and bows. This whimsical millinery style is soaring in popularity again, topping the heads of women everywhere, including royalty like Kate Middleton. We love the fascinator as a stunning alternative to a traditional bridal veil because it is incredibly glamorous, plus it adds a hint of vintage flair to the special day.

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Twigs & Honey Crystal Speckled Blossom and Leaf Hair Pin Set


This stunning pair of hair pins are ornamented with sparkly Swarovski crystals and hand-painted enamel leaves on a 14k-gold-plated brass base. They’re handmade by Twigs & Honey, skilled artisans who mold the flowers and leaves before assembling them into stunning, lightweight and long-lasting pieces. The design team was inspired by flowering springtime gardens.

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Ever Fairy Handmade Rose Flower Crown


The spring and summer wedding season is upon is, and the flower crown is one piece of formal wear we expect to see everywhere. Casual and formal weddings alike have room for these whimsical pieces, and this handmade rose flower crown from Ever Fairy is one of our favorites. For an outdoor wedding reception, this crown lends a rustic or boho detail. And we love how wearable such crowns are for warm weather; they never stifle and are so easy to keep in place with a few hairpins no matter what your hairstyle.

9 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Brides & Hairpins ‘Veda’ Crystal Embellished Hair Comb


We love the oversize drama of this shimmering hair comb made of silver plate and brilliant glass crystals. The comb is crafted into a dramatically organic shape through intricately hand-twisted wire that takes on a delicate botanical motif. Scattered throughout are brilliant crystals that will subtly catch the light. Not only is it elegant and romantic, this comb has the ability to transform your hair in a way that will give you an entirely different look from your typical style.

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Babeyond 1920s Ostrich Feather Crystal Headband


Ostrich feathers are the absolute must-have detail for a Roaring Twenties themed wedding, which is why these plumes are often seen on tabletop centerpieces during the reception. Do the theme one better by donning this awesome, 1920s-inspired headband made from ostrich feathers, rhinestones and faux pearls that would have been all the rage back in the Art Deco era. The feather portion is separate from the headband, so you can adjust the position as desired. Wear this headband and your big day will be filled with nostalgia and elegance.