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Wedding stuff is all kinds of pretty — and mighty special — but today’s request from reader Yuki is a prime example of how easy it is for the wedding expenses to add up. Yuki fell in love with a $350 headpiece: 

Hello! I was hoping you might run a Can’t Afford It? / Get Over It! column on the Bluebell headpiece from BHLDN! It’s so gorgeous, but $350 for a headband is steep! Do you have any ideas? Thank you!!! Yuki

Hey Yuki! I hear ya! The Bluebell Halo headpiece is an art nouveau-inspired floral and leaf design (spot on for 2016’s botanical wedding trend, as seen here and here) dotted with crystals and pearls. And hey, the Bluebell was designed by a fellow Ohioan, artist Debra Moreland! (O-H…!)

So pretty! And no doubt a gorgeous and lighter-weight alternative to the more ostentatious tiara while still the perfect accessory for almost any hairstyle. I’ve rounded up a few similar options for under $100 (with a bonus option at the end) — and I won’t judge if you want to wear one of these on non-wedding days, too! 😉 

Can't Afford It

BHLDN Bluebell Halo

Bluebell Halo by Debra Moreland, $350 at BHLDNGet Over It

BBB Pearl Vine Wedding Headband

Pearl Vine Wedding Headband, $40 at Bed Bath and Beyond

Crystal and Ivory Pearl Bridal Headband by MonaAccessory

Crystal and Ivory Pearl Bridal Headband, $44 by Etsy seller MonaAccessory

Dessy Vintage Look Embellished Bridal Headband

Vintage Look Embellished Bridal Headband, $21 at Dessy

(In gold or silver tone.)

Nature Inspired Hair Vine by ALBridalAccessories

Nature Inspired Hair Vine, $75 by Etsy seller ALBridalAccessories

(In gold or silver tone.)

David's Bridal Silver Leaf Headband

Silver Leaf Headband with Crystal Accents, $39 at David’s Bridal

Rhinestone Crystal Pearl Bridal Headband by AllureWeddingJewelry

Rhinestone Crystal Pearl Bridal Headband, $27 by AllureWeddingJewelry

Pearl Bridal Headband by petals181

Pearl Bridal Headband, $50 by Etsy seller petals181

BBB Tia Floral Bridal Headband

Tia Floral Bridal Headband, $70 at Bed Bath and Beyond

Ivory Porcelain Pearl Flower Bridal Headband

Ivory Porcelain Pearl Flower Bridal Headband, $45 at All Bridal Jewelry

Elvina Freshwater Pearl and Rhinestone Bridal Headband by GlamorousBijoux

Elvina Freshwater Pearl and Rhinestone Bridal Headband, $92 by Etsy seller GlamorousBijoux

I’ve got a bonus option for ya, too, Yuki:

If you’re feeling crafty, grab a hot glue gun, a store-bought headband or a length of thick satin ribbon, and some crystal or pearl accessories from your local craft store or Etsy. Arrange the embellishments on the headband, starting from the center point of your design and moving outward. Place a drop of glue on the headband where you want to place the bling, then hold it in place (carefully, so as not to burn your fingers on the hot glue!) a few seconds or until the glue cools a bit. Depending on your selected raw materials, you could easily make a headband like this for under $10-$15 (not including hot glue gun and glue — though small glue guns can run as  low as $5 or less). If you prefer visuals, here’s a good tutorial.

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: When hunting for bridal accessories be sure to check out accessory stores in malls and online — especially around prom season, when crystal, pearl, and super-shiny accessories are in abundance! Craft stores are also great sources for affordable pre-made wedding accessories or easily assembled kits. 

What do you think, Yuki? Has the Bluebell Halo met her match in any of these bridal headpieces? I’d love to hear what you choose in the comments below! Thanks again for submitting your question! 

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
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