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What to Wear Instead of a Veil – Ask Emmaline

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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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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.

Yellow Bridesmaid Clutch with Polka Dots

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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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Hi, loves! Have you popped in to Allisa Jacobs‘ shop lately? It’s making me very impatient for spring, especially because it’s only been winter “officially” for… what, two weeks? Yikes. Regardless, these pretty pops of color–like this yellow polka dot clutch in citron, to be exact–is a refreshing thing to see after waking to find lots of snow on the ground this morning.

Yellow Bridesmaid Clutch with Pretty Polka Dots

This yellow polka dot clutch is perfect for your spring wedding! Summer, too. Ah, summer… what is that like again? I’m starting to forget.

yellow bridesmaid clutch - polka dot clutch purse

yellow bridesmaid clutch - polka dot zipper clutch

To see more of this yellow bridesmaid clutch (or many other fab colors), visit Allisa Jacobs.

xo
-E.

Finally… TOMS Wedding Shoes We Love!

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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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toms wedding shoes

We’ve seen TOMS wedding shoes before: the bride in a pair of these, the groom in black slip-ons. And while they’re comfortable and a totally appropriate choice for the laid-back couple, we think they are lacking a little something… like personalization or custom charm.

Until now, that is!

TOMS Wedding Shoes

Meet B Street Shoes, a shop that offers hand-painted TOMS shoes with unique designs including Young Love or Just Married.

There’s even a custom pair of MR shoes in black with a tuxedo hand=painted onto the front.

toms wedding shoes

Whether you want a pair of wedding shoes to wear for the reception or as a matching set on the honeymoon, this shop has you covered!

toms wedding shoes

There’s even a little something blue for the bride.

toms wedding shoes

Or a hand-painted pair to look like you.

toms wedding shoestoms wedding shoes

Cute, right? We think so, too.

Go + Get ‘Em!

See more + grab your pair of TOMS wedding shoes here.

B Steet Shoes is a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride in The Marketplace.

Happy Planning!

xo
-E.

Bride Carries the Groom LEGO Cake Topper >> POTD

Check out this fun and unique LEGO cake topper! Perfect for the whimsical couple, this wedding cake topper was handmade by Mariann from Folded Fancy Creations. Mariann says, “Groom dragging his feet? Does the Bride need to bring him to the alter? Have a fun and unique Wedding Cake Topper for the Big Day!”

LEGO Cake Topper

lego cake topper bride holding groom handmade by Folded Fancy Creations

“This Custom Bride dragging Groom set made from LEGO® elements is just the thing! You can have the figures as shown, or with a picture I can make a Bride and Groom that look like you!”

Check out more handmade wedding creations in the marketplace!