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NEW! Beautiful Boho Hair Accessories by J Arends Designs

We are delighted to share the new fall collection by J Arends Designs! This boho inspired hair accessory line was inspired by all things romantic, bohemian, and luxe. These beautiful handmade pieces are one-of-a-kind and feature luxurious vintage details. You’ll find wired crowns, hand-beaded headbands, drop chain headpieces, and more! Get ready to be inspired…

Boho Hair Accessories by J Arends Designs | photo: Glimpse Imaging |

by j arends designs

Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a great weekend! It’s time for today’s #HANDMADEADAY find: a gold bohemian wedding hair wreath. It is a stunning handmade piece that can be worn with or without a veil.

Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath

Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath |

handmade by lottie-da designs

This boho chic hair accessory can be worn two ways:

1. in the back with a hair down hairstyle,
2. in the front as a halo-style headband

This stunning boho chic hair wreath is handmade by Lottie-Da Designs and offers customizable features: the ribbon can be satin or organza in white, ivory, or blush. The flowers are handcrafted in silk or sheer organza, depending on your preference. Finally, you can decide whether you prefer a gold wire or silver wire to coordinate with your jewelry and bridal accessories.

Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath |

handmade by lottie-da designs

Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath |

handmade by lottie-da designs

If you like this bohemian wedding hair wreath, you can buy it here. You can find out more about this artist and see more from their shop here.

Happy Sunday and we hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! I’ll be patio-living all day and evening, that’s for sure. Check back with us bright and early tomorrow morning as we kick off a brand new week of gorgeous handmade wedding inspiration. Oh, and while we have your attention, be sure to subscribe to our posts so you don’t miss a thing.


Giveaway: Win a Crystal and Pearl Bridal Headband

Brides: do not miss this one! Do you remember when we talked about the gorgeousness that is Blair Nadeau’s new collection? Now we’re giving away one of our favorite pieces to one lucky reader! Blair Nadeau is giving away this Christie crystal and pearl bridal headband to one lucky bride-to-be. Will it be YOU? Enter for a chance to win below!

Crystal and Pearl Bridal Headband

One lucky reader will win this pretty headband:

Crystal and Pearl Bridal Headband

by blair nadeau | photo: whitney heard

It goes perfectly with any hairstyle! If you’re wearing a veil, you can pair the headband with it; or, take the veil off for the reception and just wear the headband.


Here are the full details:

o Enter between 3/25/15-3/31/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Crystal / Pearl Bridal Headband by Blair Nadeau | NEW from the 2015 Collection | Can be made in winner’s choice of colors
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included anywhere!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $100 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter


Bridal Headband With Veil or Without? – Ask Emmaline

Wondering what to wear instead of a veil? A bridal headband is one lovely option! Read on to find out more + be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post.

Are you considering a veil alternative for your big day? A bridal headband is one of our favorite choices, especially since it is extremely versatile. It can be worn with nearly any hairstyle and can be paired with a veil or without. You can even wear it with a veil for just the ceremony portion, and remove the veil for the reception. This question to our Ask Emmaline inbox couldn’t have come at a better time, since the lovely Blair Nadeau Millinery just released a beautiful new collection of bridal headbands, halo headbands, fascinators, and more for the discerning bride-to-be. Alicia asks,

I want to wear something other than a bridal veil, but I want it to be fancy enough. Also, am I supposed to wear a veil with a bridal crown or headband or is it better without?

Great question, Alicia! One of the wonderful things about a bridal headband or crown is that it can be worn with or without a veil. There’s no requirement — as the bride, you get to decide whether or not you wear a veil at all. It’s really up to your own personal preference. We think they look great with or without, and can really show off any hairstyle (whether up or down) nicely. To inspire you, here are a few handpicked (+ handmade!) bridal headbands we found that will fit the bill nicely. Some of these headbands can even be transitioned to a sash, which we love. Take a look…

Bridal Headband with Veil or Without

half crown gold

opal crystal headband

doris crystal headband with veil

antonia crystal lace bridal headband

carolyn lace headband

diana floral headband

amanda floral crown gatsby inspired

Aren’t they lovely? You can see even more from the collection here.

credits //

bridal headbands / crowns / any veils shown: blair nadeau millinery
photos: whitney heard photography


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.


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


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


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.


Boho-Inspired Wedding Halo Headband

boho halo wedding halo headband by all for love by gina

We love to find unique bridal veils and veil alternatives. This boho-inspired wedding halo headband is one of our favorite bohemian veil alternative finds, perfect for your wedding ceremony, reception, or bridal shoot. We spotted it at All For Love by Gina and it features ivory and blush-colored millinery flowers and leaves. This piece has amazing texture with a mix of satin and velvet, a hint of pearls, and a rhinestone chain with ostrich feathers and a gold birdcage netting. This wedding halo headband ties at the back of the head for an adjustable fit (with skinny soft jute or ivory satin ribbon). We especially love it with a hair down style.

Wedding Halo Headband

boho wedding halo headband by all for love by gina

boho wedding halo headband by all for love by gina

boho wedding headband by all for love by gina

boho wedding headband by all for love by gina

photo: julie roberts

To see more details on this bohemian wedding halo headband, visit All For Love by Gina, Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride in The Marketplace!


31 Wedding Hairstyles: Day 22 – Curly Natural Hair

This bride wore a gold statement piece to accessorize her gorgeous thick + curly natural hair. Instead of a veil, this gold accessory steals the show and frames her face beautifully. Take a peek!

Curly Natural Hair with Headband

bride curly natural hair gold headband

via brides, photo: chelsey boatwright

You can find hair accessories similar to this one here. Happy browsing!

P.S. What’s your favorite wedding hairstyle so far?