Rocking a veil is peak traditional—it’s timeless but there’s a bit of a learning curve (when was the last time you wore a veil?). A bridal headband, however, we’re well prepared for. Not only is the look young and fresh, but it can complement any bride’s style, from glam to elegant or indie. Bridal headbands frame your face like a veil but they can be re-worn (a true anomaly in the wedding world) and cost a fraction of the price, as veils can be thousands of dollars depending on the designer.
If you opt for a fashion-forward wedding bridal headband, stay true to your style by following these simple tips—crystal, pearls, or anything jewel encrusted is glam yet timeless. Add romance with lace, florals, and texture, while indie ladies can play with cottagecore or rustic headbands. Bridal headbands can be worn with any hairstyle, work with any length, and you can even pair them with a veil. Talk about the best of both worlds. Read on for our best bridal headband picks!
Best for Curls: LoveShackFancy x Lele Sadoughi Mini Pearl Knotted Headband
The LoveShackFancy x Lele Sadoughi Knotted Headband is hand-knotted over a 1″ tall comfort fit base with a 1 1/2″ knot and 2 1/4″ width. Its large size means it sits pretty on romantic, curly waves.
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Best Floral Accent: Jennifer Behr Meadow Headband
This thick and textured headband was inspired by wildflower meadows and crafted using embroidery, beading, and three-dimensional silk chiffon flowers. If you’re having a garden wedding and want a nod to your location, this is the choice for you.
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Best for Straight Hair: 8 Other Reasons Rhinestone Headband
Add volume to a straight sleek look with this bold jeweled headband made with faux pearls. The base is a cotton blend and measures approx two inches wide.
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Best to Add Subtle Sparkle: Shashi Princess Leia Headband
Made from a double-wire gold-tone headband with glass pearls, this princess crown adds bling so subtly, the jewels could be part of your hair. And if you’re a Star Wars fan who wants to give subtle nod to Leia, you’ll appreciate this headband even more.
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Best for Brides Who Want a Veil: Jennifer Behr Tori Voilette Headband
This best-selling bridal headband features a veil sewn into the padded one-inch thick base and is hand-crafted, assuring you won’t have to worry about quality. Perfect for the modern bride who doesn’t want to veer too far from tradition, this two-in-one headpiece will transform any look.
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Best for Minimal Brides: Hill House The Halo Headband
The Halo Headband is structured and clean, making it ideal for minimalists. Made from 100% Italian silk, it’s basically a padded crown perfect for a queen.
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Best on a Budget: Lulu’s Reign of Romance White Pearl Beaded Headband
Lulus Reign of Romance White Pearl Beaded Headband checks all the boxes—it’s plush and adorned in an eye-catching pattern made with faux pearl beads (and under $20). The headband measures 14″ from end to end and is 1.25″ wide.
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Best for Those Who Prefer Jewels: LELET NY 3D Crystal Headband
LELET’s multi-tiered crystal headband is Bridgerton in 2022—its regal quality is bound to enhance your big day and shine in every photo.
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Best for the Cool Bride: Maison Michel Mesh-Appliquéd Satin Headband
Whether you’re getting married on a roof or at the courthouse, cool brides will gravitate to this skinny headband-veil combo. Made in an Italian atelier from quilted white satin and embellished with delicate mesh, this is the bridal headband your granddaughter will hope you saved.
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Best for a Winter Wedding: DINARA SWAROVSKI Luxurious Wedding Headpiece
More of a headpiece than a traditional bridal headband, it can also be worn at the back of an updo hairstyle, giving you more options to take it from reception to brunch. Crafted with Swarovski crystals as well as micro cubic zirconia, this wreath-like crystal headband would be radiant for a winter wedding.
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Best Wraparound Headband: Twigs & Honey Freda Halo
Appropriately named the halo, this bridal headband wraps around the head and is tied in the back. A must-have for romantic brides, delicate rhinestones adorn this stunning sparkler.
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Best Something Blue: Free People Pearl Maisie Headband
Made by artisans, this pop of blue headband features a stretchy fit, an array of glass pearl embellishments, and crystal flower beads that sit on a woven silk ribbon.
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Best Headwrap: Lele Sadoughi Ivory All Over Head Wrap
If headwraps are your favorite headband style, opt for this hand-embellished wrap covered in faux peals by Lele Sadoughi. The versatile shape is the perfect canvas for this opulent, textured design.
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Best to Match Your Dress: Bracha Chantal Headband
A double diamond accent chain sits on a cream tulle band that measures 1.5-inches wide. Aside from being a stunning accessory, the bridal headband is a gorgeous way to mirror the fabric of your dress.
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Best for Brunch: Gigi Burris Millinery Elain Feather-Detail Headband
Made from cotton, silk, plastic, and feather, head to brunch in this playful floral bridal headband that elevates any bridal hairstyle.
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Best for Short Hair: Deepa Gurani Billie Imitation Pearl & Bead Headband
Short-haired brides are guaranteed to stun in this hyper-flattering pearl and bead headband by Deepa Gurani.
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Check out THESE pro hair tips from a bridal stylist for everything you need to know about your big day!