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Choosing the Perfect Wedding Veil

Choosing the perfect wedding veil can be both exciting and overwhelming. There are countless decisions to make, from length to layers to embellishment. Whether you envision yourself walking down the aisle in a traditional cathedral veil or a trendy birdcage veil, choosing the perfect one can make a world of difference in your bridal look.

In our comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through the various types of wedding veils, from the traditional to the trendy, to help you find the one that suits your style and complements your gown. We’ll explore the different lengths, styles, and fabrics available, and provide essential tips on how to choose the perfect veil for your special day.

From classic, timeless options to modern, fashion-forward alternatives, we’ll break down the pros and cons of each veil style, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your unique vision and personal style. So if you’re ready to begin your quest for the perfect wedding veil, let’s dive in and discover the one that will make you feel like a true bride on your special day.

Ciara Wears A Waterfall Satin Edge Veil
Lace Wedding Veil
Sheer Wedding Veil

Types of wedding veils

A wedding veil holds symbolic significance in many cultures and has been a traditional part of bridal attire for centuries. It is believed to represent purity, modesty, and the bride’s transition from being single to being married. The veil also adds an ethereal and romantic touch to the bride’s overall look, enhancing her beauty and creating a sense of mystery.

In addition to its symbolic meaning, a wedding veil can also serve practical purposes. It can help frame the bride’s face, accentuate her features, and add an extra layer of elegance to her ensemble. The right veil can transform a beautiful wedding dress into a stunning bridal look, completing the overall aesthetic and creating unforgettable moments.

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Traditional wedding veil styles

There are various types of wedding veils to choose from as a bride-to-be, each offering a unique style and vibe. Let’s explore some of the most popular options:

1. Cathedral Veil: This is the longest and most dramatic veil, extending beyond the train of the wedding dress. It creates a grand and traditional look, perfect for formal and elaborate ceremonies.

2. Chapel Veil: Slightly shorter than the cathedral veil, the chapel veil typically extends to the floor and adds a touch of elegance without being overly dramatic. It is a versatile option that works well with different dress styles.

3. Fingertip Veil: As the name suggests, this veil reaches the fingertips when the bride’s arms are relaxed at her sides. It is a popular choice for its practicality and versatility, as it works well with most dress lengths.

4. Elbow Veil: This veil falls to the bride’s elbows, adding a touch of sophistication and charm. It is a classic and timeless option that complements various dress styles.

5. Shoulder Veil: A shoulder veil is a shorter style that falls just below the shoulders. It is an excellent choice for brides who prefer a more casual and modern look.

6. Birdcage Veil: This retro-inspired veil is made of netting or lace and covers only a portion of the bride’s face. It adds a vintage and glamorous touch to any bridal ensemble, making it a popular choice for themed weddings.

Cathedral Veil, Gay Wedding
Example of a cathedral length veil
Caitlyn – Two Layer Chapel Length Veil With A Cut Edge And Extra Long Blusher
Example of a chapel length veil
Bride Wearing Single Layer Fingertip Length Lace Edge Veil
Example of a fingertip length veil
Savannah – Two Tier Elbow Length Pencil Edge Wedding Veil
Example of an elbow length veil
Pixie - One Tier Shoulder Length Veil With Scattered Diamantes
Example of a shoulder length veil
Bride Wearing Tulle And Diamante Birdcage Veil
Example of a tulle birdcage veil

Modern and trendy wedding veil styles

Traditional wedding veils are often associated with classic and timeless elegance. These styles have stood the test of time and continue to be popular choices for many brides. Let’s explore some of the traditional wedding veil styles:

1. Mantilla Veil: Originating from Spain, the mantilla veil is a lace-edged veil that drapes over the bride’s head and shoulders. It adds a touch of romance and sophistication to any bridal look.

2. Juliet Cap Veil: This style features a small cap that sits on the crown of the bride’s head, adorned with lace, pearls, or other embellishments. The veil is attached to the cap, creating a vintage and romantic look reminiscent of the 1920s.

3. Barely There Veil: The barely there veil is a sheer veil with no gathering at the comb. It’s very delicate and suitable for lightweight, floaty veils. A barely there veil is a single layer veil and it’s two layer counterpart os called a drop veil.

4. Drape Veil: A drape veil is a veil affixed to two smaller combs instead of one larger one which allows the fabric in between to drape in an aesthetically pleasing way, creating a somewhat vintage, regency look. It is a popular choice for brides who love the style and elegance of the Downton Abbey era.

5. Double Tier Veil: This style features two layers of veiling, with one shorter layer worn over the face as a blusher and the other layer cascading down the back. It adds dimension and elegance to the bride’s look.

6. Single Tier Veil: This style features, you guessed it, just one layer of veiling. This type of veil somewhat defies the traditional origins of the wedding veil since it doesn’t veil the bride’s face and is worn only at the back as a decorative piece of the ensemble. Today, approximately 50% of our brides choose a blusher veil, and 50% choose a single-layer style.

Harmony Mantilla Lace Veil Closeup
Example of a mnatila veil
Close Up Of Pretty Bride Sat On Grand Staircase Wearing Juliet Cap Veil
Example of a Juliet cap veil
Violet – Single Layer Barely There Veil In Fingertip Length With Mixed Size Pearls
Example of a barely there veil
Pretty Bride Wearing A 1920S Inspired Drape Veil In Silk Effect Tulle
Example of a drape veil
Paige – Two Layer Chapel Length Wedding Veil
Example of a double tier veil
Jessica - One Layer Cathedral Length Extra Wide Veil With A Simple Edge
Example of a single tier veil

Choosing the right type of wedding veil for you

If you’re looking for a more contemporary and fashion-forward wedding veil, there are plenty of options to choose from. These modern styles offer a fresh twist on traditional veils and can add a touch of uniqueness to your bridal look. Let’s explore some of the modern and trendy wedding veil styles:

1. Personalised Veil: This style features personalised embroidery often featuring stitched writing in an elegant scrip font creating a modern and edgy look. It adds visual interest and can be paired with various dress styles.

2. Waterfall Veil: A waterfall veil consists of a single layer of fabric that’s shaped at the sides in such a way that it cascades down the back, creating a soft and romantic effect. It is a whimsical and dreamy option for brides who want a fairy tale-like look.

3. Embellished Veil: Adding embellishments such as crystals, beads, or embroidery to a veil can add sparkle and glamour to the bride’s ensemble. This style allows for personalization and can be customized to match the details of the wedding dress.

4. Statement Lace Veil: A statement lace veil features lace that’s more than just a dainty lace trim. It adds a bold, contemporary and artistic touch to the bridal look, making it a unique and eye-catching choice.

5. Floral Veil: Incorporating floral elements into a veil can create a romantic and whimsical look. Whether it’s delicate appliques or embroidered flowers, this style adds a touch of nature and beauty to the bride’s ensemble.

I'M Latching Onto You - Song Lyric Embroidery Veil
Example of a personalised embroidery veil
Camilla - Single Layer Waltz Length Waterfall Cut Veil With Satin Edging
Example of a waterfall veil
Chloe - One Layer Elbow Length Veil With Pearls &Quot;Falling Stars&Quot;
Example of an embellished veil
Custom Bespoke Lace Veil
Custom Bespoke Lace Veil
Example of a floral veil

Matching the wedding veil to your dress

When choosing a wedding veil, it’s essential to consider several factors to ensure it complements your dress and overall bridal look. Here are some factors to keep in mind:

1. Dress style and silhouette: The veil should enhance the style and silhouette of your wedding dress. Consider the neckline, back detailing, and overall aesthetic of your gown when choosing a veil that complements it.

2. Length: Decide on the length of the veil based on your personal style and the formality of your wedding. Longer veils create a more traditional and dramatic look, while shorter veils offer a modern and casual vibe.

3. Fabric: Select a veil fabric that matches the fabric of your wedding dress. Common options include tulle, lace and silk. Ensure that the textures and colors of the veil and dress harmonise well.

4. Hairstyle: Consider how you plan to style your hair on your wedding day. Certain veils, such as birdcage veils, work better with updos, while others, like cathedral veils, complement most hairstyles but may need an anchor point to help hold the comb securely in place.

5. Venue: Think about the venue of your wedding when choosing a veil. A cathedral veil may be more suitable for a traditional church ceremony, while a birdcage veil may be perfect for a vintage-inspired garden wedding.

6. Aesthetic/theme: Take into account the overall aesthetic of your wedding. If your dress is going to be romantic and ethereal, a soft and flowing veil may be the perfect match. For a modern and sleek dress, a clean and simple veil can enhance the minimalist look.

7. Colour: Don’t forget to consider the colour of your dress. If your dress is off-white or ivory, choose a veil in a similar shade to create a seamless and elegant look. If your dress is white, which today is very rare, a pure white veil can create a classic and timeless ensemble.

Lastly, trust your instincts and choose a veil that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Your wedding day is about celebrating your love and individuality, so choose a veil that reflects your unique style and personality.


Hopefully, we’ve provided some food for thought when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding veil. And as always, we are more than happy to provide more tailored advice based on your specific wedding dress if you get in touch with us.

And finally, remember that all your bridal accessories should enhance your bridal look without overpowering it. Choose pieces that complement your veil and dress while reflecting your personal style.

If you enjoyed these tips you may enjoy some of our other wedding veil guides.

Check out our Instagram for wedding veil inspiration from our real brides.

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