For some gown shoppers, the moment they truly feel like a bride is when they try on a veil. Whether it’s elegantly perched just over their face or draped down their back, the sheer cascade of lace and tulle transforms a white dress into something fully aisle-ready.
But, for others, a veil can feel like a tie to outdated tradition, or an outsize distraction from other parts of their wedding day ensemble. If you’ve decided a veil isn’t right for you, but are still on the hunt for another way to elevate your bridal look, you’ve come to the right place.
From simple headbands and hair combs to glitzy tiaras and dramatic dress trains, we’ve gathered 21 ingenious wedding veil alternatives to suit every style—and are answering some of the most frequently asked questions about the topic as well.