Fashionable alternatives to wearing a veil

By Jennifer Cox on August 13, 2018

There are plenty of beautiful options when it comes to wedding hair accessories that can be worn in lieu of a veil, so consider the following:


Whether it’s a more traditional headband that fits over the top of your head (and can be adorned in everything from beads and pearls to other gems and embellishments), or a halo headband that sits atop the head, these are understated but striking.


These veil alternatives can really show off your personal style – if you’re having a more vintage wedding, you can find beaded or metallic headpieces that are like works of art. They can feature beading, feathers, jewels and so much more.


Kate Middleton wore a Cartier tiara, and now you can be a princess, too. Skip the over-the-top jewelry, like chandelier earrings, and let your tiara take centre stage. Regal tiaras are ideally suited to formal gowns, while a vintage wishbone style can give a nod to yesteryear. Wear it on the crown of your head, not your forehead.

Combs, Fascinators and Pins

Depending on where you place them, bedazzled bridal combs or pins can be used to really accentuate your hair as well as your dress. Choose ones with pearls, crystals, and rhinestones that match your overall look and style for the day. Fascinators can also be used to add some dazzle to an up-do.

Measuring Up

If you do choose a veil, here are your options.

Mid-length or shoulder-length: These veils are normally 20 inches in length and are perfect for gowns that have a lot of detailing.

Elbow-length: One of the most popular styles, these measure at 25 inches and can go with almost any gown, from simple to ornate, and can be paired with up-dos as well as loose locks. They look especially pretty with a tea-length dress.

Knee-length: The knee-length veil is a beautiful option for a fitted gown without a train to add dimension. It measures approximately 45 inches in length and should fall between the knee and mid-calf.

Fingertip veil: This is the most commonly worn veil, as it is extremely versatile and can be worn with a simple column dress or something that is very opulent.

Birdcage: Traditionally short, these veils go to the bottom of the chin. They can also be skewed to one side for a more dramatic effect. They’re lovely for an outdoor wedding or something with a retro feel.

Blusher: Around 30 inches in length, this is that thin sheath of a veil that falls in front of your face and is lifted at the start of the ceremony. It can add height and visual interest.

Cathedral: If you want something super dramatic, consider a cathedral veil, which can flow as long as 120 to 144 inches. They look stunning with mermaid or trumpet styles. Think Princess Diana.

Originally published in Today's Bride magazine, Fall/Winter 2018.

By Jennifer Cox| August 13, 2018
Categories:  Ideas|Planning|Accessories

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