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15 Celebrity inspired bridal veils, hats and headpieces to consider for your big day

15 Celebrity inspired bridal veils, hats and headpieces to consider for your big day

Lady of the Veil

Text: Stephanie Boey


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What comes next after you say 'Yes' to the dress?

Deciding on a dress indeed takes precedent but lest you forget the next order of business on your bridal to-do list—the wedding veil. Historically, wedding veils dated back to Ancient Rome where it was worn to disguise the bride from evil spirits. Now that we're in more modern times where the thought of evil spirits is more acquainted to a hangover the next morning, the originating cultural aspect of the veil is long gone. But the idea of the ultimate bridal accessory should not! Ahead, 15 celebrity-inspired wedding headgear to complete your look as you walk down the aisle. There's definitely something for everyone from the strict traditionalist to the unconventional.


Traditional queen

If you're a sucker for a tradition, by all means go with your heart, it is your big day after all. Classic choices include light materials such as silk chiffon, organza and silk tulle for a flowy and ethereal vibe. Anne Hathaway's wrap-around lace band may be inspired by the 1920s but her off-shouldered gown keeps the look fresh and youthful.


Royally extra

We can't think of anyone who does it better than the British monarchy. The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle's 16-foot silk veil (designed by Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy) was embroidered with national flowers from all the countries under the British Commonwealth. Her floral-embroidered veil bears a striking resemblance to the women in Prince Harry's life—Queen Elizabeth II's own embroidered veil when she wed Prince Philip in 1947 and Princess Diana's extravagant veil which took 153 yards of tulle to make.


Top hat

Hats became the bridal accessory of choice for celebrities, the spouses of rockstars in particular. In 1969, Yoko Ono donned a wide brimmed beach hat and a tiered mini skirt as she wed John Lennon—flower power at its finest. The bridal hat is a significant departure from its traditional predecessor, and a more fashionable one at that. Pick a style that suits your face and head shape best, which will also complement your dress or pantsuit. From pillbox to oversized, the possibilities are endless.


Princess bride

Every woman should feel pampered on her wedding day, and what better way to exude that than with a crown on your head? Victoria Beckham's mini crown was designed by Slim Barrett and was crafted from 18-carat latticed yellow gold, set with brilliant cut diamonds and suspended diamond drops. ‘Go big or go home' as they say, and queen of the ballads Celine Dion indeed went all out for her wedding to René Angélil. Her extravagant tiara took 2,000 glittering Swarovski crystals and weighed a whopping 7 pounds.


Floral crown

The blossoming accessory has made a notorious reputation for itself at music festivals but we'll make an exception for cases in holy matrimony. Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie wed her fellow co-star and on-screen love interest Kit Harington in a small and intimate ceremony in her hometown of Aberdeen, Scotland. She paired her vintage-style ivory lace dress with a simple, singled-rowed flower crown that popped beautifully on her naturally red hair. Not one to lay on the DL, Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor wore a bouquet of orange blossoms on the crown of her head and extended down as it was woven into her long ponytail while actress Sharon Tate opted for a combination of tiny flowers and ribbons.

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