The bridal headband is very nearly the perfect wedding accessory. At once fashionable, functional, and fun, this is one trending look that will stand the test of time. For the modern bride, a headband keeps the tradition of a bridal headpiece but in a contemporary and fashion-forward way.
Until 2018, the headband had been quietly waiting in the wings for a resurgence. And then Prada sent bejeweled headbands down the runway during Fashion Week, confirming the trend was on its way back. Fashion editors took note. Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders had us reaching for the perfect Zoom accessory—a quick way to look polished and chic.
In just a few short years, the modern headband is more design-focused and chic than ever. And it is beloved by brides, designers, and hairstylists alike! Plus, you can wear it again and again. How fun would it be to rock your bridal headband every anniversary?
We’ve got your guide to the best bridal headbands and where to buy them below. But first, let’s cover a few FAQs.
Bridal veil with headbands: can you pair them up?
One word: absolutely! Often, bridal veils and headbands go hand in hand. You don’t have to have both but there is no harm in the perfect pair. It’s certainly not unheard of (and still looks totally stylish) to wear a bridal veil with headbands at the ceremony and then remove the veil for the reception.
How should you wear your hair with a headband?
The accessory brilliantly accompanies literally any style! Loose curls or waves are perfect for a romantic look. A low chignon or messy updo really lets the headband shine. Just be sure to bring it with you for any hair trials and/or let your stylist know you’re planning on wearing a headband. No matter which hairstyle you choose, the headband will help set your hair and keep it looking chic throughout the entire day. Alternatively, it’s a simple way to change up your bridal look—add, remove, or even switch out your headband for the reception!
Where is the best place to buy bridal headbands?
When headbands began showing up on runways, brands and businesses took note. The accessory is readily found on shelves and designers are even releasing seasonal collections. For the most beautiful bridal headbands, we love modern designers like Lele Sadoughi, Twigs & Honey, and Jennifer Behr. We’ve also plucked favorites from small businesses on Etsy and retailers like BHLDN on our list below.
To help you choose, we collected the most stunning bridal headbands in the most popular categories as well as the latest trends we’re LOVING. Spoiler: pearls, puffs, and celestial details are all included. Scroll on to find your favorite!
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Floral Wedding Headbands
Flowers in her hair, anyone? A floral bridal headband won’t wilt and it’s such a beautiful accessory for the romantic bride. These types of headbands work well for any season and can be worn big and bold or tiny and dainty, alike.
This double headband is made with freshwater pearls and ceramic flowers for a truly ethereal look.
If you prefer something more understated, this is a dainty floral headband that can be worn atop your head like a crown or tied back at your neck.
This stunning adaption of a flower crown crossed with a headband was crafted in a Parisian workshop from preserved English roses, hydrangea, wisps of baby’s breath, and Limonium.
This darling headband mixes resin flowers with tiny pearls, crystals, and hand-painted matte pink petals. It’s not too heavy and an utterly romantic accessory.
These porcelain petals are a perfect finishing touch to your bridal look. Plus, reviewers claim the metal band, which comes in gold or silver plating, is comfortable and not too tight.
The sheer ivory flowers on this bendable headband are flittery and feminine. Plus, we love the slight vintage flair with the gold beading.
This lightweight and flexible hand-wired floral headband features pearl-like clay flowers alongside Swarovski crystal beads and tiny faux pearls. Stunning for the sophisticated bride.
Real preserved flowers (and pampas grass!) cover this hand-made dried floral bridal headband. The shop carries a variety of colors and flowers for an utterly unique bridal look.
Gold Bridal Headbands
Gold is a classic and regal option for your wedding hairpiece. From boho to minimalist, there are several gold headband options—and many that you could certainly wear more than once.
Is this the most modern regal headband or what? Super chic and incredibly simple—so glam.
One bride called this golden halo the “star” of her wedding! It’s no wonder this headband was inspired by head-turning designs at the Met Gala.
Delicate butterflies and flowers are perched atop this stunning gold bridal headband. The band can easily disappear into your hair due to its ultra-thin, no-pinch construction. SO magical
The brand behind this it-shoe also makes perfect puffy headbands! This pleated gold lamé fabric headband works from a wedding day to a Monday—you’ll definitely wear it more again.
Crafted from luminescent Swarovski pearls, this bridal headband is absolutely regal.
A celestial halo effect takes this starry gold crown above and beyond.
The stunning fully crystal-encrusted gold headband is ALL about the sparkle. Rock this one under a disco ball and reception lights, for sure. Tested for comfort and flexibility, you’ll wear this all night long with not a headache in sight.
This tiny gold bridal headband features a single Swarovski crystal tucked inside each flower. Perfect for a whimsical look!
Planning to wed in a forest? This beautiful gold leaf headband is the perfect accessory!
Bridal Ribbon Headbands
While most modern headbands are crafted for comfort in mind, a bridal ribbon headband will most definitely keep headaches at bay. It’s a romantic option that can also be worn in a number of ways depending on how you choose to style your hair.
Sometimes a crown of crystals is the only final touch you need. This headband comes in gold, silver, and rose gold, and you can even customize the ribbon color.
We’re getting all the queenly vibes from this ribbon headband that features a chainmail detail. So cool and unique! Named after the Cassiopeia constellation, you’ll light up the night in this stunning piece.
Several delicate strands of pearls sit along gold wires for this sweet and subtle headband.
Galadriel, Lady of the Wood, is that you? The gold leaf detail makes for a magical and whimsical on this affordable headband.
Black on your wedding day? We LOVE. This is such a whimsical, mysterious look that would be so perfect for a fall wedding.
Swarovski Crystal Bridal Headbands
What is so special about Swarovski crystals? Swarovski’s high degree of precision cut and fine materials combine to create the highest quality glass crystal. It’s why the Swarovski name is synonymous with luxury and precision. And it’s why these crystal headbands shine above all the rest.
This simple vine combines crystals and pearls—and it couldn’t be more stunning. We love this look for a beach wedding!
This headband might just be the most unique and modern of them all. A fine gold metal band is topped with tiny crystals that then fall into a pearl-dropped tendril behind the ear. Obsessed is an understatement!
The best of both minimalist and modern, this double-banded headband comes in gold or silver.
Moons and stars top this other-worldly crown that is just BEGGING for a puff-sleeve dress to match!
Everyone from Kate Middleton to Helen Mirren has been photographed wearing a Lele headband and now, you’ll be, too.
Vintage-Inspired + Vintage Wedding Headbands
Brides have been wearing some form of headpiece for years—centuries, even. Turns out, if you dig long enough, you’ll find a vintage bridal headband with a story to tell. We pulled a few favorites but keep in mind that the true vintage pieces are one of a kind. If it’s sold out, look around the seller’s shop because you never know what kind of treasures you’ll uncover!
This antique tiara comes by way of Germany, and with a corsage to match! This heirloom silver piece features a golden-toned patina that’s developed beautifully over 140+ years.
Downton Abbey lover, anyone? Original from the 1930s, this rare beaded pearl and rhinestone headband is in impeccable condition and an incredible find!
Jumping ahead a few decades, here’s a vintage bridal headband that hails from the 1950s. Pearls and rhinestones are set in a wavy display on a metal band.
Inspired by authentic vintage bridal headbands, this piece is crafted with Preciosa crystals and Swarovski pearls for an art deco-inspired look.
This headband combines the best of modern and vintage. The gold rhinestone trim features two beautiful vintage leaves and ties at the nape of the neck for a unique ribbon drape or bow!
Pearl Bridal Headbands
Let’s get into some of our favorite trending categories! We predicted pearls would be huge for weddings this year and if the stunning pearl headbands below are any indication, we’re on the right track. Pearls are classic and refined and these headbands put a chic twist on the luminescent look!
This halo-style pearl headband is mixed with beads and rhinestones for a tiara effect we LOVE.
A pearl headband with a birdcage veil? We DIE. So chic and stylish.
This pearl + rosegold headband mixes pearls of all shapes for a crown-like effect.
A simple string of pearls on a padded headband is a refined way to rock the trend.
This mix of pearls on a gold band is pearly perfection—just ask the 5-star reviewers!
This strand of pearls puffy headband is simple as it gets yet OH-SO-STUNNING.
These dotted criss-cross pearls could easily be tucked within strands of hair for a darling dotted effect.
Spoiler for the category below, but we love a mix of pearls and a puffy band.
Puff Bridal Headbands
Puffy headbands circle back to Prada’s runway show and the trend that continues to take off rather than ease off. Thanks to the likes of royals, celebrities, and influencers alike, the puffy headband remains! You may also hear the term “hatband” for the large, royal-like pieces. We bow down.
Free People’s velvet puff headband captures the trend in the simplest terms and comes in a number of colors.
Take it up a notch with this statement-making puff band!
Let’s make this crystal clear: peachy pink is a perfect color to accessorize with a white dress!
Loving the birdcage veil option? Try this one with a simple satin puffy headband.
This satin band comes in six colors but how GOOD is the golden crown vibe?
Celestial Bridal Headbands
Finally, we wrap up our trending headband styles with our beloved celestial details. Our moon, sun, and stars—in headband form.
Love the simplicity of this one! Simple gold moons and stars dot this double-banded headband alongside light-catching crystals.
Moon of my life! This whimsical headband is faceted Swarovski crystals and flexible for ultimate comfort.
The base of this headband was designed to allow it to disappear into your hair, leaving only the stars to shine.
Finally, this gold + crystal starry headband is affordable and chic for a stunning celestial vibe.