Our New Wedding Headpiece Obsessions

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography

The flower crowns that once took festival culture—and wedding day hair—by storm, are now taking a backseat as bohemian festival-goers and brides alike are opting for braids and delicate headpieces to perfect their outfits.

Don't get us wrong, we here at Brides love a good flower crown—the boho trend that took bridal fashion by storm is a beautiful way to adorn your hair with fresh florals for the ultimate hippie-chic bridal look. But as much as we adore them, there are other, equally (if not more) fashionable alternatives out there. Here, we round up our favorite alternatives to the flower crown.

Halo Wedding Headpiece
 Brides / Courtesy of BHLDN


Adding an ethereal and mystical touch to any bridal look, halos are worn across the top of the head—either behind or in front of the forehead. Raging from simple and thin designs to detailed and dangling jewel-encrusted pieces of art, bridal halos are growing in popularity and for good reason—they're gorgeous.

Headbands Wedding Headpiece
Heather Hawkins, Brides / Heather Hawkins Photography


Whether you're looking for a delicate touch of sparkle, or an ornately embellished, jewel-encrusted showstopper, headbands are great bridal headwear options, and can suit the style of any bride-to-be.

Fascinator Kleinfeld
Brides / Courtesy of Kleinfeld


Popular since their inception in the early 19th century, fascinators have since come a long way (who can forget all the fascinators on parade at the Royal Wedding?). This formal headpiece is an alternative to sporting a traditional hat and can feature a variety of decorative materials and accents to perfect your look.

Birdcage Wedding Headpiece
Brides / Courtesy of Twigs and Honey


To add vintage flair to your big-day ensemble consider sporting a birdcage. Typically featuring a decorative floral or feathered piece, with netting crossing in front to veil the face, this style became most popular in the 1940s. Paired with a simple, sleek gown, birdcages pay homage to decades gone by in a fashionable way.

Tiara Wedding Headpiece
 Brides / Courtesy of Twigs and Honey


It's your day, so if you've always channeled visions of being a princess bride, now's the time. Ornate in nature and most popular amongst royal brides, a sparkling tiara can perfectly complete a ball gown style, so you can be the belle of your own ball.

Bobby Pins Wedding Headpiece
Brides / Lacie Hansen

Barrettes, Bobby Pins, and Combs

For brides looking to keep it simple and sleek, opt for a delicate yet decorated barrette, clip or comb to add to your updo. By selecting these simpler and smaller designs, you can add accessorize subtly, while keeping the attention on your amazing gown.

Vines Wedding Headpiece
 Brides / Courtesy of BHLDN


The latest trend in bridal hair accessories, decorative vines can be woven in throughout your hair design, or worn as a halo. These are fantastic substitutes for flower crowns and can be made of natural materials or ornate metallics and beaded varieties.

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