It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! Bride-to-be, Michele, asks:
“Help! I’ve tried on a few wedding veils in a store but I didn’t like how they looked. I don’t think a veil is my style and I just don’t see myself wearing a veil at my wedding. Does a bride have to wear a veil? Or is there something else I can wear as an alternative?”
Fantastic question! For starters, you asked if the bride has to wear a veil. Remember that it’s your wedding: there are no rules. A bride doesn’t have to do anything or wear anything that she doesn’t want to, so a veil is definitely not a requirement.
Now, before we show you some wedding hair accessory options, if you try on a veil in store make sure you also…
1.) try on a veil while wearing your dress (or a similar style)
2.) try on the veil with a hairstyle you plan to wear the day-of
3.) try on several veil styles
The third one — trying on several veil styles — is especially important because one style can look better on some people than others. Your face shape, hairstyle, dress, and personal style are all factors when it comes to picking the perfect veil — or veil alternative. Also, trying on many different veil styles to see which one you like best is also a great rule of thumb. For example, a bandeau veil — like this one, shown below from Serephine — is a unique veil style that differs greatly from a traditional, classic look.
If you’ve tried the above and still prefer no veil, you’re in luck: there are plenty of stylish wedding veil alternatives from which to choose. And you know what?
You don’t even have to wear anything in your hair if you don’t want to.
See? These brides rocked a no-veil, no-anything look beautifully.
Oh hey, no veil!
You can also change up your look mid-day: wear a veil for the ceremony and swap to a headband in the evening. Furthermore, you can wear a hair crown during the ceremony and swap to nothing for a no-fuss look at your reception.
Ah, endless possibilities. See how much freedom there is when you’re the bride? You get to make all of the decisions!
Now, on to the loveliness!
What to Wear Instead of a Veil
Halo Hair Wrap
Beaded Halo Hair Piece
Wreath Hair Crown
Bridal Fascinator Hair Flower
Feather Flower Headpiece
Floral Hair Crown
Draped Hair Comb
These are just a few of the many hair accessories you can choose. What’s your favorite style above? I’m loving the draped look lately, where you see the accessory just from the back. It’s gorgeous and perfect for a hair down hairstyle You should also see these hairstyle ideas for inspiration, too.