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What to Wear Instead of a Veil – Ask Emmaline

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Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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It’s Wedding Advice Wednesday! 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? If you have any tips on what to wear instead of a veil, I’d appreciate it!”

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.


serephine

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!


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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

From hair combs to hair crowns, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas for what to wear instead of a veil on your wedding day. You can find even more ideas in The Marketplace.

Hair Comb

vintage style bridal hair comb by lottie da designs | what to wear instead of a veilvintage style bridal hair comb | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

Hair Flower


serephine

Halo Hair Wrap

halo hair wrap | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

Beaded Halo Hair Piece

beaded halo hair piece | what to wear instead of a veil


southern ever after

Wreath Hair Crown


adbridal

Feather Headband

feather headband | what to wear instead of a veil

tessa kim, photo: deyla huss

Bridal Fascinator Hair Flower

bridal fascinator hair flower | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

Glass Bead Headpiece


divine by andrea

Hair Pin

hair pin | what to wear instead of a veil

senorita joya

Floral Hair Crown

floral hair crown | what to wear instead of a veil

roses and lemons, photo: a darling day

Draped Hair Comb

grecian hair comb | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

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.

Do you have a wedding question? Ask Emmaline! Your question might appear in an upcoming Wedding Advice Wednesdays feature. Regardless, we’re always happy to help via email, too.

xo
-E.

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Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Spotted: a unique way for guests to leave their mark! Introducing wedding advice coasters, one of our favorite new guest book alternatives to date. Crafted by Paper Street Press, these clever coasters are a unique place for guests to leave their tips and well-wishes for the happy couple.

personalized wedding coasters

Faux Flower Bouquets: Yay or Nay?

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CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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What do you think about faux flower bouquets? Would you carry fake blooms instead of fresh flowers down the aisle? The emerging trend of fake flower bouquets has become increasingly more popular among brides — and for good reason. Read on to find out why and get inspired with faux flower bouquets for your big day…

Faux Flower Bouquets (bouquet: the ritzy rose)

4 Reasons to Use a Poster Guest Book

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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While a bound guest book has been the guest book staple for years, it is not your only option! Meet the Poster Guest Book, a fresh alternative to the traditional flip-through book. In this post, you’ll discover four reasons to use a poster guest book, get inspired by AmpersandInk Designs‘ poster guest book collection, and you’ll realize why you need one of your very own. (P.S. There’s a free printable hidden in this post!)

Wedding Poster Guest Book (by AmpersandInk Designs) via EmmalineBride.com

Ring Pillow Alternatives: 3 New Finds – May 23rd

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CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Good morning, beautiful! Grab your coffee or tea and get ready to kickstart your day with Emmaline Bride! Today we’re sharing three unique ring pillow alternatives for your wedding ceremony. There’s nothing wrong with the traditional ring pillow – in fact, we love traditional ring pillows – but sometimes your ceremony requires a specific thematic touch. These ring pillow alternatives showcase three different wedding themes: modern, vintage, and rustic. Read on to find out more…

Ring Pillow Alternatives

Ring Pillow Alternatives #1: The Dish

First, we have this lovely hand-painted ring bearer dish. A ring bearer dish is one of our favorite ring pillow alternatives because it can hold your jewelry even after the wedding day. This ring pillow alternative is our pick for a modern wedding theme. This beautiful dish is handmade by Magic Brushes Workshop.

Ring Pillow Alternatives: Ring Bearer Dish (by Magic Brushes Workshop)