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 Headpiece 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
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
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
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. ‘Matilda’ Embellished Hair Chain
Add a little boho feel to your bridal attire with this beautiful chain cap that has strands of glittering silver or gold.
5. 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. Scattered Crystal Halo Comb
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
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
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
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. Baby’s Breath Crystal Hair 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
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.
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. Pearl Vine Halo
An elegant hair halo with freshwater pearls nestled amidst branch-like sprays of crystal gemstones and plated in silver, paired with a chignon 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 Coronet – Flower Crown
An exquisite headpiece featuring delicate gold leaves and flowers in gold-plated brass will decorate any boho bridal ‘up-do’ beautifully.
3. Pearldrop Halo
A delicate bridal halo to add just that light touch of freshwater pearls and sparkling rhinestones, secured with a ribbon.
4. Freshwater Pearl Wreath 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
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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Despite her dreamy wedding blogger lifestyle, Meredith's day job is running ClassicVeils.com and a full-time mom to an active toddler. If she could, Meredith would spend her days taking cruises, helping animals in need, and watching Big Brother!