12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil

Whether a petite birdcage or full-on cathedral length piece, veils can add more drama to a wedding look than perhaps any other accessory. But with brides more eager than ever to let their personal style show through on their wedding day, alternatives are increasingly on the rise. (A bonus? Ditching the veil also lets brides twirl the night away without fear of tripping on or getting all tangled up in it.)

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

Images via Kristin La Voie Photography (left) and Ann-Kathrin Koch

From braided updos dripping with delicate crystals to brightly colored boho blooms, the options for capping off a gorgeous wedding look—and adding a whole new kind of drama and style—are endless. Here are 12 of our favorite bridal looks that say au revoir to the veil.


A Beautiful Braided Crown

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

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A Dainty, Double-Strand Headband

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

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A Delicate Boho Chain

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

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A Light-as-Air Feather Fascinator

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

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A Cascade of Floating Flowers

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

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A Garden-Fresh Flower Crown

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Belle and Beau Fine Art Wedding Photography


A Luxe, Jeweled Barette

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

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A Vintage-Inspired Hair Chain

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

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A Single, Sentimental Brooch

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

Image via by Millie B Photography


A Subtle, Sparkly Comb

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Charlotte Jenks Lewis


A Sculptural Spray of Stones

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Loft Photography


An Old Hollywood-Style Headpiece

12 Stunning Alternatives to the Traditional Veil | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Ann-Kathrin Koch