16 Stunning Bridal Headpiece Alternatives To A Veil

I’ve always been drawn to period movies, especially ones that take place in The Renaissance. Whats more, there is something unique about bridal headpieces (hair chains, hair vines and hair halos) that makes them emit a romantic, medieval feeling. My mind wanders to visions of fair maidens adorned with enchanting ribbons, along with headpieces perfectly placed in long flowing locks.

Totally up my  bridal alley.

If you think about it, even Greek goddesses are portrayed as riding the same fashion bandwagon. It’s unfortunate that this headpiece trend never really made a come back in modern times, as I adore the look.

Great news! A bride’s wedding day is one rare occasion when it is perfectly acceptable to wear whichever headpiece you choose!

Go wild and place a tiara or flowers crown on your head, add a hair comb, vine or hair chains. Or, if you want to fair-maiden-it-up with a statement bridal headpiece, this is your chance to do so without anyone looking at you strangely.

Doting eyes will be doing a double take and remark on the gorgeous headpiece you’ve chosen, wishing that they could incorporate it into their own ‘do on a regular basis!

Bridal Headpieces Alternatives

In the same way that not every woman wants a solitaire diamond in a gold setting, a classic veil is not for every bride.  With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite bridal hair chains, hair vines, and hair halos headpieces that make perfect alternatives to wearing the traditional veil.

Bridal Hair Chains

With so many styles available, bridal hair chains work beautifully with different bridal styles like the city glam bride to boho bride.  Hair chains are versatile in the way that they can be worn across your forehead or in the back of your head. Depending on how you wear your hair style, you can change the look drastically.

Celebrities like Alicia Keys, Camila Alves and Kim Kardashian sported chains across their forehead with their hair tightly pulled back. We absolutely fell in love with the way Fergie chose to accent her wavy curls with a crown of chains in the back. She looked like a modern day fairy tale princess!

Tip:  If you are going to wear your hair down with a hair chain, make sure to give your hair a tease underneath so that you can secure the headpiece in place.

Be aware that depending on which chain you choose, your wedding day look can appear dated. If you’re looking for something a little different, a bridal hair chain is a great way to add a little unexpected bling to your overall style.

1. Draped V Headpieces

by danani

Hair Jewelry Simple Wedding Head Chain

This lovely double V draped headpiece brings modern day Zelda to mind.  Accent your elaborately coiffed hair with this stunning piece or adorn it across your forehead for a dramatic look. Danani’s unique piece will add a beautiful finishing touch without overpowering your hairstyle.


2. Draped Hair Comb

by Lottie Da Designs

Draped brial Hair Comb

A hair chain that seamlessly pulls 1920’s vintage and boho chic together.  The small side accents are placed on combs allowing you to drape this piece from the front or the back.


3. Ripple Headpiece

by danani

modern unique vintage comb fascinator

A stunning rippled piece that gives off that 1920’s movie star at her finest vibe.  Change it up a bit by wearing the cascading ripples to the side, which adds a soft yet bold statement.


4. ‘Lindsay’ Embellished Hair Chain

by Sara Gabriel

Sarah Gabriel ‘Lindsay’ Embellished Hair Chain

Add a little boho feel to your bridal attire with this beautiful chain cap that has strands of glittering Swarovski crystals.


5. Silver Pearl Bridal Hair Chain

by LottieDaDesigns

Silver Pearl Bridal Hair Chain

If you are going for a vintage feel and want to wear a hair chain in your locks, then nothing says vintage more than these enchanting draped strands of pearls.


6. Pearl Browband 

by HairFloaters

Wedding pearl browband

An elegant statement piece that provides a dramatic accent to any bride’s up-do.


Bridal Hair Vines

Hair vines make the perfect hair accessory because they are flexible and can be styled into many different hairstyles. Also, they’re comfortable to wear and easily pinned into place.

Choose to add a hair vine around a bridal bun, weave it through a braid, wear at the top of your head like a headband, or for an even more dramatic look, wear them across your forehead.  There are plenty of style combinations.


1. Wedding Hair Vine 

by Powder Blue Bijoux

wedding hair vine with pink flowers
A delicate floral hair vine that’s absolutely exquisite. It would suite an outdoor garden wedding or a fancier venue with a vintage vibe.


2. Lace Headpiece

by Powder Blue Bijoux

Wedding Hair Vine, Lace Head Piece
We love that all these different headpieces come in so many types of materials, and that no two are the same! For example, take the stunning piece above, which is handmade from lace and embellished with lovely rhinestones.  We can envision an outdoor summer wedding in full bloom to show off this wonderful lace headpiece.


3. Starfish Bridal Hair Vine

by StylishBrideAccs

Beach Wedding Hair Piece, Beach Bridal Crown Starfish, Bridal Beach Headband, Wedding Hair Vine, Wedding Hair Piece with Starfish

Any Ariel lovers out there? How about destination beach brides-to-be?  This romantic starfish hair vine has mermaid hair written all over it … and we are in love with it!


4. Twinkling Pearl Vine

by Twigs & Honey

bhldn Twinkling Pearl Vine

Weaving this sparkly strand through your tresses will take your braid from everyday wear and make it into a romantic and enchanting bridal worthy ‘do.


5.  Pearl Hair Vine

by Biano Accessories 

Wedding Hair Pearl Vine

An elegant pearl vine from Biano is the perfect hair accessory for a bride who wants to stay within the parameters of classic bride, but wants to have a little fun with a beautiful hair accessory as well.

Bridal Halos

The day you’ve dreamed about since you were little is nearly upon you. And the princess inside you wants to shine for all the world to see, without the help of some tacky sweet sixteen tiara. Rather, crown your head with an enchanting bridal halo and rock it with either loose flowing curls or an up ‘do hairstyle.


1. Abrielle Crystal & Pearl Headpiece

by Brides & Hairpins

Abrielle Crystal & Pearl Headpiece from nordstoms

An elegant hair halo with freshwater pearls nestle amidst branch-like sprays of marquise crystals and plated in gleaming 14-karat gold, paired with a chigon bun couldn’t get any more royal looking if you tried. Love the Roman wreath look – I would wear this piece nearly everyday if society didn’t have such silly rules!


2. Gold leaf Halo

by Agnes Hart

Gold leaf feather halo bridal hair piece

A pretty headpiece featuring delicate gold feathers in gold-plated brass will decorate any boho bridal ‘up-do’ beautifully.


3. Kassia Halo

by Justin & Taylor

Kassia Halo – gold bridal halo with crystals and gold leafs

A delicate bridal halo to add just that light touch of shine to your locks.


4. Freshwater Pearl Wreath Halo

by Joanna Reed Bridal

freshwater pearl wreath bridal halo

A striking adornment meant to sit around the back of your head. A pleasant surprise for any guest to see when you turn your head.

5. Grecian Hair Wreath

by Lottie Da Designs

Silver Hair Halo Hair Vine, Grecian Hair Wreath

Bring out your inner Grecian goddess with this stunning silver flower and leaf hair halo.


Don’t forget to accessorize for your wedding reception!

Most brides end up taking their veil off after the ceremony and leave their beautiful tresses with the style their hairdresser crafted that morning. If you can’t decide between a headpiece or a veil, why not choose both?

Wear the veil for your ceremony, and then have your hairpiece on standby to wear during the reception.

Which bridal headpiece style will you be wearing on your big day?

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