Category: alternatives

What to Wear Instead of a Veil – Ask Emmaline

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!


via archived post

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.

Wedding Advice Coasters

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.

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Wedding Advice Coasters

These custom coasters make an excellent icebreaker at your wedding. They measure 4″ x 4″ and are made with ultra-thick matte card stock. A fine point Sharpie marker is recommended for use. Text and colors are fully customizable. Find out more here.


-E.

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Faux Flower Bouquets: Yay or Nay?

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)

by the ritzy rose

Faux Flower Bouquets

Unlike fresh flowers, faux bouquets will never wilt; they last forever. Your bouquet becomes a lasting heirloom instead of a temporary purchase. If you’re allergic to fresh flowers, a bouquet alternative won’t make your nose run or your eyes itch. And, any type of bloom is in season for silk blooms year-round!

1. Brooch Bouquet

A brooch bouquet is constructed with antique brooches and wire to form a ‘bouquet’. This is my favorite bouquet alternative style; where was it when I tied the knot? By The Ritzy Rose.

Faux Flower Bouquets (bouquet: the ritzy rose)

by the ritzy rose

2. Button Bouquet

The button bouquet is another brilliant idea and similar to the brooch bouquet. Instead of brooches, buttons are used. This bouquet is by Lillybuds and I simply adore it.

Faux Flower Bouquets (bouquet: letters4lilly)

by lillybuds

3. Sola Wooden Flowers

Wooden sola flowers are perfect for rustic weddings. By LA Farm Girl Mercantile.

Faux Flower Bouquets (bouquet: la farm girl mercantile)

by la farmgirl mercantile

4. Sheet Music Bouquet

Turn your favorite sheet music into a bouquet! By Surroundings.

Faux Flower Bouquets - Sheet Music Bouquet (bouquet: surroundings online, photo by ashley rose)

by surroundings, photo by ashley rose

5. Vintage Fabric Bouquet

I love the touches of lace and vintage fabrics used in this fab flower arrangement. There are so many varieties available, too. By Innstyches.

Faux Flower Bouquets (bouquet: innstyches)

by innstyches

6. Peony Bouquet

Love peonies year-round? These cupped peonies are some of the prettiest silks I’ve ever seen. By Jasmine Burgess Crafts.

Faux Flower Bouquets - Pink Silk Peony Bouquet (bouquet: jasmine burgess crafts)

by jasmine burgess crafts

7. Rosette Flower Bouquet

Something blue… and faux, too! By The Sunflower Stand.

Faux Flower Bouquets (bouquet: the sunflower stand)

by the sunflower stand

8. Fabric Flower Bouquet

Your bridesmaids can carry faux flower bouquets, too! Check out this pretty style by Autumn and Grace Bridal.

Faux Flower Bouquets (bouquet: autumn and grace bridal)

by autumn and grace bridal

9. Felt Flower Bouquet

Felt takes on a fresh new look as a wildflower bouquet. By Handmade Colectibles.

Faux Flower Bouquets (bouquet: handmade colectibles)

by handmade colectibles

It’s your turn! Do you like faux flower bouquets? Yay or Nay? What will you carry on your wedding day?


-E.