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The Ultimate Wedding Veil Guide:

Your Top Wedding Veil Questions – Answered By The People Who Make Them!

As you embark on the exciting journey of planning a wedding, you’ll begin to realise that it’s the details that truly matter. Among these details, the wedding veil stands out as an iconic symbol of romance and tradition. Whether you’re envisioning a classic cathedral length veil or a trendy birdcage veil, navigating the world of wedding veils can be both thrilling and overwhelming. In this comprehensive wedding veil guide, we unravel the mystique surrounding this timeless accessory, exploring styles, lengths, and the symbolic significance behind veils.

We also have more detailed individual wedding veil guides on Veil Lengths, Widths, Beading, Edges, Gathering, Colours & Styles.

1. How long should my wedding veil be?

We most often get this question from brides looking for long, full-length veils. What they’re trying to figure out, essentially, is the length of the train they have on their dress so they can buy the appropriate length veil to match with it.

There are three standard full-length veils — floor length, chapel length (sometimes called church length), and cathedral length. We’ve dug through our real bride archives to find some examples of each train length paired with its perfect matching veil so you can hopefully get a sense of where on this scale your own dress fits.

Bride Wearing A Typical Floor Length Veil
Example of floor length
Bride Wearing A Typical Chapel Length Veil
Example of chapel length
Bride Wearing A Typical Cathedral Length Veil
Example of cathedral length

Essentially, your veil should be just a touch longer than your train. 10-12 inches longer is usually a good size if you want it to surround your dress quite snuggly. Of course, there are no rules for wedding veils that say you can’t have your veil much longer than your dress if you want to. We personally love a long statement veil. Check out a couple of examples below of extra long veils we’ve made.

Wedding Veil Guide - 7M Long Veil
7m long custom veil
Extra Long Veil - Wedding Veil Guide
5m long lace trimmed veil
Extra Long Veil
5m long shaped lace veil

For brides looking for something a little shorter, your options are fairly open. One good way to decide on a length is to look at your dress’ overall shape and try to find a spot that makes sense to you visually. For example, a fingertip length veil looks great paired with mermaid/fishtail gown as the veil ends just as the train starts to that kick out which is a nice look. A gown with a natural waistline, like a ballgown, looks great with waist length (or possibly elbow length if you’re petite). I’d recommend trying on a few different lengths with your dress at one of your early fittings.

Don’t forget to check out our full Length Guide for more ideas.

Real Bride Kerry Wears Our Faith Veil Copy
Fingertip length veil
Real Bride In Waist Length Veil
Waist length veil
Short Wedding Veil With Short Dress Copy
Shoulder length veil

2. My wedding dress looks white. Should I get a white veil?

White To Dark Ivory - Veil Colour Guide

Even just reading this question makes me hyperventilate.

This is something that comes up a lot! So much so, that even without seeing your dress we’d feel confident enough to say that your dress is very likely to be at least an off white, if not a pale ivory, as most sample dresses in bridal boutiques are some form of ivory. It’s just more flattering against the skin than pure, arctic white. So even if your dress looks really pale and you’re sure it must be white, 9 times out of 10, in our experience, it isn’t.

The best thing to do to reassure yourself would be to call your dress shop and ask them to confirm the colour they’ve ordered your dress in from the supplier/designer.

*cough* Bet it’s ivory! *cough*

Don’t forget to check out our Colour Guide for more on this.

Image credit for dresses: Maggie Sottero

White Versus Ivory Dresses By Maggie Sottero
A side by side comparison of a white vs ivory wedding dress
White Dress Example Maggie Sottero
White dresses are a very cool colour, sometimes with blue undertones
Ivory Dress Example Maggie Sottero
Ivory dresses are warm-toned and generally easier to wear for most skin types

3. When should I order my wedding veil?

We believe the best time to order your veil and accessories is around 4-6 months before the Big Day. Obviously, it depends on where you’re buying your veil from. Overseas orders would take much longer in transit, for example.

Speaking only for ourselves for a moment, our typical lead time for veils is 3-4 weeks as they are all made to order, but we also accommodate more urgent orders on request. You just need to add on our Rush Service when you order online.

Although our manufacturing time is only one month, we’d still recommend getting your veil several months before the Big Day for the most stress-free option. You might want to take your veil with you to your hair appointment or your final fitting – these all tend to happen in the last couple of months before your wedding date.

When To Order Your Veil

4. My dress has lace. Should I get a matching lace veil?

When it comes to matching up to a lace dress, we find brides tend to be in one of two camps. They either decide that the dress is detailed enough and any more lace would be overkill, or they fall in love with lace so much that there’s no such thing as too much.

The good thing is, the lace on your veil doesn’t have to be an exact match to your dress. However, if you speak to someone who’s familiar working with laces (such as ourselves), they’ll at least be able to at least help you match the “type” of lace. For example, is it Corded, French, Guipure, etc? We work with a wonderful lace supplier who has more than 500 lace trims and appliqués to choose from so there’s sure to be one that will complement your dress in there somewhere. And you don’t have to have lace all over the veil, either. If you love lace but are worried about it all being a bit too much, you could always go for a long veil and have lace just around the base curve so that it extends past your train and doesn’t actually cover the dress at all.

Check out our current lace veil designs.

Corded Lace Trim
Our Gabriella lace edging
Customer Feedback Real Bride
Our Gabriella veil paired with a stunning lace dress on real bride Sarah

5. What are the different gathering options for veils?

Wedding Veil Gathering Long Drop Veil
Drop veil - ungathered
Wedding Veil Gathering Long Centre Gathered
Centre (half) gathered
Wedding Veil Gathering Long Fully Gathered
Fully gathered

There are three main gathering styles for veils – ungathered, centre gathered and fully gathered.

The ungathered style is the easiest to explain as it has no gathering at all. The two layer version is often described as a drop veil due to the way it sits quite flat to the head and hangs in a drop (think Kate Middleton). The single layer version has the rather fancy name of  a “barely there” veil and has the same flat and sheer look. A Mantilla is also completely ungathered – See question 12 — What are the different types of veils? – but usually includes a lace trim that surrounds the entire edge of the veil including up and over the comb.

Moving on to centre gathered and fully gathered — these two options are much more commonly seen, with the centre gathered style being the more popular of the two. The main difference between the two styles is the shape at the sides; the centre gathered style has a pretty cascade effect at the sides and has sections that can be brought around the arms and shoulders if desired, whereas the fully gathered style is much more narrow but also a lot fuller at the comb as it has twice the amount of fabric gathered there compared to the centre gathered option.

Check out our video explaining this further, and have a look at some more great example pictures on our full veil gathering guide.

6. Why do brides wear wedding veils?

The tradition of the bridal veil dates back centuries. One of the original reasons for veiling the bride was to hide her face from the groom prior to the wedding because it was, and still is for most people, thought to be bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony.

These days, the tradition has loosened somewhat as they often do. And although it’s still common for the bride and groom to spend the night before the wedding apart, it is now also perfectly common to see an unveiled bride walking down the aisle. We often ask our brides if they plan to wear the blusher over the face as it helps us figure out if a one or two tier veil is required. About 50% of our brides answer yes.

Moving on from tradition and the original meaning of the veil, nowadays a veil is worn for style reasons. It’s a fashion piece. A way to add that extra “something” to a bridal look or just to add detail to an otherwise plain gown. It also helps set the correct tone. These days, wedding dresses come in much sexier silhouettes and designs that may be very close-fitting, with ultra-low backs and/or sheer illusion panels. Adding a veil can instantly make that kind of gown look more “bridal” and modest for the ceremony, and can be removed later on for dinner and dancing.

For a more detailed history of veil traditions, visit Wikipedia’s page on the topic or check out our blog post on a Century of wedding veils here: Sign of the Times: A Century of Wedding Veil Styles from 1920s to 2020s

7. What lengths do wedding veils come in?

2 Layer Fingertip Length Veil
Two layer fingertip length with a total combined length of 72"
Wedding Veil Length Guide 2 Layer Chapel
Two layer chapel length with a total combined length of 126"

It differs from place to place, but consistently there are about 4-6 common lengths. The most popular of those being waist length (sometimes called a 54 inch), fingertip length (72 inch), chapel length (126 inch), and finally cathedral length (144 inch). These figures are the total combined length of the longer bottom layer and the shorter top layer that goes over the bride’s face.

For ourselves, our veils come in 9 different lengths. We’ve sneaked in a couple of in-between lengths such as hip length (goes between waist length and fingertip length) to give brides of all heights more options. You can view them all on our Length Guide page.

All our measurements listed are from comb to end and are not rounded up to include the blusher (the bit that goes over the face) measurement as in the examples above. We make a lot of single layer veils that don’t have a blusher, so we prefer to list all lengths individually. That way if you get your tape measure out at home, they’ll measure exactly what was stated with no surprises.

Check out our comprehensive guide to veil lengths.

8. How do you store a wedding veil?

Veil Clip Hanger
Clip for hanging up your veil at home

Caring for your bridal veil at home, especially if it’s a very long one, can take some careful planning.

The absolute ideal situation would be if someone has a spare bedroom where it can be left to hang, undisturbed and safe from any pets (and future husbands!), right up until the wedding. Obviously, this won’t be possible for everyone. You may have no option but to leave it in its box until nearer the date. At that time, it would naturally have acquired some wrinkles. To help smooth them out, you can hang your veil up and steam it at home using a hand-held steamer or a steam shot iron, so long as you don’t let the hot plate of the iron actually touch the tulle. (See question 11 — Can you iron a wedding veil?) Or you can take it to a local dry cleaner and have them steam it for you.

For a more detailed look at wedding veil storage, check out our blog: Wedding Veil Care: Helpful Storage, Cleaning & Steaming Tips

9. Who lifts the veil at a wedding?

Father Of The Bride Lifting The Veil
Father of the bride lifts the veil at the top of the aisle
Veil Blusher Worn Off The Bride'S Face For Ceremony
Veil blusher is worn off the bride's face for the remainder of the ceremony

There are a couple of options for this, and ultimately it’s up to each bride and groom how they want their ceremony to go.

Option one would be to have the Father of the Bride lift the veil once the bride reaches the top of the aisle as a way of presenting her to her soon-to-be husband. This can be quite a sweet moment and it takes care of it early so you don’t have to think about it again. You could even have a little practice before you make your entrance.

With option two, the bride keeps the blusher over her face for the entire ceremony and waits for that movie-worthy “you may now kiss the bride” moment. This time it would be her new husband that lifts the veil, to raucous applause, I’m sure.

Personally we prefer option one. It means the blusher is out of the way during the whole ceremony so if you need to you can wipe away any tears that may be threatening to fall on your gorgeous makeup.

10. Can I wear a veil with my hair down?

Bride Putting In Veil With Hair Down
Bride with hair down
Custom Lace Veil On Bride Marelda
Bride with hair half-up-half-down.

You can wear a veil with your hair down, although I won’t lie to you, it is the hardest way to secure it as there’s not really anything there for the comb to grab on to. Having your hair half-up-half-down would be slightly easier, but either way, you’d need to secure the comb into the hair with Kirby grips. For this to work, you need to make sure the veil you purchase has a metal comb. A comb with plastic teeth would snap when you attempt to grip it in.

All our veils come on 7.5cm wide metal combs as shown below. Your hairdresser can backcomb, or may even choose to plait, horizontally, a very small section of hair, no more than an inch wide, where the comb will be inserted to give it an anchor. It can then be gripped in from either side. Be sure to discuss all your options with your stylist.

Metal Comb On A Wedding Veil
Our standard 7.5cm (3in) wide metal veil comb

11. Can you iron a wedding veil?

Do Not Iron

In a word: No! Most definitely not. We don’t ever want a repeat of the phone call we got from a devastated bride who had done just that and burned a lovely iron-shaped hole into her precious veil!

Nylon tulle melts instantly above a certain temperature. And since you’ve no way of testing for that temperature on your one and only veil, you just can’t risk it. As veil makers, we do use an iron here at the studio, but we have rigorously tested for the maximum temperature our tulle can stand. And as your veil is steamed and crease-free directly before it goes in its box, it should only have very light creasing when you open it.

So what can you do to remove creases? You can steam your veil! We’ve written a dedicated on post on steaming your veil as well as other wedding veil care, storage and preservation tips in this post: Wedding Veil Care: Helpful Storage, Cleaning & Steaming Tips

12. What are the different types of Wedding veils?

There are a few different wedding veil styles. Some examples of these are shown below.

  1. One layer veils
  2. Two layer (blusher) veils
  3. Mantilla veils
  4. Drop veils
  5. Barely there veils
  6. Juliet cap veils
  7. Drape veils
  8. Birdcage veils
Faith – One Layer Fingertip Length Veil With A Satin Edge
Example of a single layer veil
Brittany - Two Tier Fingertip Length Veil With Satin Edging
Example of a two layer veil
Harmony – Single Layer Chapel Length Lace Edged Mantilla Veil With Comb
Example of a mantilla veil
Matilda - Two Tier Hip Length Drop Veil With A Cut Edge And Scattered Pearls
Example of a drop veil
Pretty Bride Wearing A 1920S Inspired Drape Veil In Silk Effect Tulle
Example of a drape veil
Close Up Of Pretty Bride Sat On Grand Staircase Wearing Juliet Cap Veil
Example of a Juliet cap veil
Camilla - Single Layer Waltz Length Waterfall Cut Veil With Satin Edging
Example of a waterfall veil
Bride Wearing Tulle And Diamante Birdcage Veil
Example of a tulle birdcage veil

The most popular wedding veil styles by far would be the simple one or two layer veil. This is your classic, traditional veil. All of the other options are designed to create slightly different shapes and looks and are a more alternative option.

Read more about the different types of veils here: 9 Beautiful Wedding Veil Styles You Should Know About

13. Should your headpiece be attached to your veil?

These days it’s much more common for them to be separate pieces. That way, if you want to remove your veil later on for the reception so you can boogie on down, you still have a pretty hair accessory in place.

On occasion, we have been asked to attach a veil straight onto a headpiece or onto a plain headband for brides who wear wigs or have ultra-fine hair, etc. We’re more than happy to do this or any other kind of attachments as necessary. Just ask!

Check out some of our gorgeous headpieces.

Natalie Wearing T666 Paris Lace Veil In Chapel Length - Photography By Beth Faulder Photography
Real bride Natalie wearing our fabulous "Paris" veil and side headpiece
Diana Veil On Real Bride Katie With A Separate Headpiece
Diana veil on real bride Katie with a separate draping headpiece

14. Do wedding veils come with a comb attached?

They sure do! That’s the standard attachment for veils. As we mentioned in an earlier question, we use high-quality metal combs that can be gripped into place so they are secure even if your hair is worn loose.

The only exceptions to this could be un-gathered drop or mantilla styles. We personally do still add a comb to our mantillas and drop veils unless asked not to just because it’s so much easier for our brides. We can hide one under the lace on a mantilla, for example, so it can’t be seen but means you don’t have to have grips over the lace. But sometimes they do come without anything on at all and you’d be expected to secure it some other way such as with hat pins or grips.

In terms of how to put the comb in, we recently made this cute little reel for our Instagram that shows just how easy it is to pop them in. The combs are attached pointing up and then you flip them over and down to slide them into the hair. As the combs are metal, you can also have your hairdresser grip them in even more securely – something you would struggle to do with a plastic comb.

If you’re wearing your hair in a very low up-do and would like to wear the veil underneath that – So basically the veil would be at the base of your neck almost. In this instance, you would be better off having veil loops instead of a veil comb. We can do that for you so just ask!

15. What are wedding veils made from?

Veil Colours &Amp; Fabrics Guide - Diamond White Shimmer Tulle
Tulle example in Diamond White Shimmer
Blush Pink Tulle
Tulle example in blush pink.

Veils are almost always made from bridal illusion tulle. This is a soft and sheer type of nylon netting that’s made specifically for creating veils. Of course, there can be exceptions to this where they’re made from more non-traditional fabrics such as organza or chiffon. However, as these fabrics aren’t nearly as sheer, they’re not ideal. Especially if you want to wear the blusher over the face for the ceremony. Seeing where you are walking during the most important walk of your life is a must!

We have a couple of fabric additions to complement the traditional bridal illusion tulle. We recently we added a “silk effect” tulle, which is available on selected styles, and we also have a shimmer or “sparkle” tulle available in three colours and on selected styles.

16. What is a blusher veil?

A blusher veil is the classic, traditional style with the layer that is worn over the face for the ceremony. Any veil with more than one layer can be worn as a blusher veil. There was a time when they all would’ve had two layers and every bride would wear it over the face without exception. But as we mentioned in an earlier question, these days only about half of brides choose to go this route.

If you want your blusher to be extra sheer, choose a centre gathered or drop veil style. These will have less gather lines running vertically in front of your face.

Blushers are typically around waist length (30 inches) unless, of course, the veil itself is shorter than that.

You can check out all the individual layer lengths in our Length Guide or go here to view all of our two layer veils.

Ashlynn - Two Layer Chapel Length Veil With A Pencil Edge &Amp; Beaded Lace Appliques
Brittany - Two Tier Fingertip Length Veil With Satin Edging

17. Do you wear a veil during the evening reception?

It’s really up to you. There are no hard and fast rules. But I think if you have opted for a long one you would probably want to remove it at some point during the evening. Even if it’s just to stop other guests standing on it!

Also, a lot of dresses have the option to bustle them up — to shorten the train to floor length by means of a ribbon and loop inside the skirt. So if your dress has this option, it would be strange to then still have a super long veil trailing behind you, no?

For shorter styles, fingertip length or above, you could easily wear it all day and all night and forget it’s even there!

Bride Wearing A Veil Dancing At Her Reception
Real bride Clare dancing in her full-length veil!
Bride And Groom First Dance
Real bride Taisy dancing without her veil.

18. Why do veils come in different widths?

They come in different widths to match the large array of wedding dress shapes and to create different looks. For example, a sheath or column dress looks great with a slim width veil. An A-line or mermaid gown looks great with a medium width style. And a ballgown looks fabulous with a really full veil.

However, like with everything else, there are no set-in-stone rules. For example, below our gorgeous real bride Abigail is wearing a slim dress with an absolutely enormous veil. She really wanted it to make an impact, so instead of just going for the typical size you might expect for the dress, she chose the widest fabric and an extra long custom length. Playing around with width and length options opens up all kinds of possibilities! And, hey — if it’s good enough for Meghan Markle…

Go here to check out our full guide to veil widths.

Bride Wearing 5M Lace Mantilla Veil (Meghan Markle Veil)
Abigail wears a 5m long, full width lace mantilla - our Meghan Markle veil!
Wedding Veil Widths Long One Layer 54 Inches Wide
Slim 54" width veil shown in a chapel length, one layer style.
Wedding Veil Widths Long One Layer 72 Inches Wide
Medium 72" width veil shown in a chapel length, one layer style.
Wedding Veil Widths Long One Layer 108 Inches Wide
Full 108" width veil shown in a chapel length, one layer style.

19. What are the different edge finishes for veils?

Rhinestone Edge Finish
Example of rhinestone edging
Veil Edge Finishes - The Wired Edge
Example of wired/curly edging

Some typical edge finishes that can be commonly found on wedding veils would be…

  1. Ribbon edge
  2. Hand cut edge *
  3. Lace edge
  4. Fine sewn “pencil” edge
  5. Corded edge
  6. Wired (curly) edge
  7. Scalloped (shaped) edge
  8. Satin binding edge
  9. Rhinestone edge
  10. Pearl edge
  • A hand-cut edge is sometimes referred to as a raw edge veil.

More close-up images of all of these edges can be found in our Edge Finish Guide. Or click on each option above for real veil examples in our collections.

The most popular edges by far are the cut and pencil edges found on our simple floaty veils. These edgings are so delicate and subtle that they literally go with ANY dress.

20. Which type of beading should I have on my veil?

The type of beading you choose is going to depend on a few things.

First, what’s on the dress? If the dress already has beading, you may as well tie it into the design. So try to notice if your dress has silvery diamantes, or pearls, or both!

Second, what other accessories do you already have? If you’re wearing an heirloom headpiece, it might be nice to incorporate some similar beads into the veil to help it all work together a little more cohesively.

And third, what do you like? Because if you want you can just throw points one and two out the window and go with that!

For an even more in-depth answer on this, check out our guide to veil beading.

Custom Veil Designer Pearl
A lustrous ivory glass pearl
Custom Veil Designer Diamante Clear
A sparkly clear foil-backed glass diamante
Custom Veil Designer Crystal Ab
A rainbow-hued bicone crystal AB

Wedding Veil Guide

We hope you enjoyed reading our wedding veil guide featuring some of the most frequently asked questions relating to veils – answered by the people who make them! If you made it all the way to the end of this post we appreciate you taking the time to make an informed decision when it comes time to order your veil!

And if you happened to order that veil from us, well, we certainly wouldn’t be mad about that. 😊

Do you have a question we didn’t answer? You can add to our wedding veil guide by commenting below!

And don’t forget to check out some of our other more in-depth wedding veil guides on a selection of questions/topics such as our…

Comments (149)

  1. Hello, you sort of answered my question in the ‘What beading’ section, but I’m just checking! I love the idea of a veil with scattered pearls. However, my dress is a bit boho with lace and no beading. Would the pearls go? Thanks, Lucy

    1. Hi Lucy,

      I absolutely think lace and pearls are a winning combination! And pearls aren’t too “glitzy” so they can definitely go with a boho look in my opinion. Have you seen our Matilda veil? That’s a pretty pearl one. 🙂

  2. Hey guys, I’ve found this extremely informative and helpful!

    The comment above has also given me ideas 😀 My dress is the Olson by Maggie Soterro and I wondered if you could suggest a veil for me? I don’t want it to be any longer than hip and do like the Matilda but maybe i’m biased being a Matilda 😛

    1. Haha! Hi Matilda!

      Okay, but what if it’s not bias that’s happening, but fate… 😛

      I actually do think the Matilda drop veil would suit the style of your dress. It’s sheer and un-gathered giving it a very soft, feminine vibe. And it just has a few tiny glass pearls scattered throughout so it’s not too “busy” as your dress has beautiful lace detail already.


  3. Thank you so much for providing this guide, it is so helpful for brides who really don’t know which direction to go with their veil (like me!)
    I will be wearing Daenerys by Badgley Mischka and am thinking that I should go for an elbow or fingertip single layer veil with no decorations so as to match the train.
    I would be so grateful if you would recommend a veil for me, or let me know if I am going for the correct style?

    1. Thank you for saying so! And oh-my-gosh I’ve just Googled your dress and it’s divine! I’d go for the fingertip length so that it ends right where the dress nips in. If you want it totally plain there’s either Tina: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/veils/short-veils/fingertip-length-veils/tina-one-tier-plain-cut-edge-wedding-veil-in-fingertip-length/ or Lauren:https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/veils/short-veils/fingertip-length-veils/lauren-single-layer-fingertip-length-veil-with-a-pencil-edge/ which has just a teensy tiny pencil edge 🙂

  4. This was so useful to read! I am currently trying to figure out what type of veil would be best. I am wearing separates, and erring towards a single-layer chapel veil, but not sure if that’s the right length for the outfit, or if I should get a plain veil, or with some lace to tie in with the top. I keep thinking plain is better, but your veils are so beautiful. Incase you are able to provide any recommendations, here is a link to what my outfit will look like, although the skirt is not as full with tulle. Thank you for any help you may be able to provide! https://stylishbrideaccs.com/collections/all-bridal/products/dusty-blue-indigo-ombre-wedding-tulle-dress-with-belle-lace-top

    1. Oh wow! Blue! I love it! 🙂

      I like your idea of chapel length. My first instinct is plain to tie in with the raw cut skirt and leave the lace detail as your top only. The blue ombre is already such a fab detail for the train I don’t feel like it needs a lace trim adding there.

      The bigger question is what colour veil are you going to have? Are you sticking with the ivory of the top? You know we can make you a pale blue veil right? 🙂

  5. Ah thank you so much! I think I want to stick with ivory for the veil- I did toy with blue, but I think I want the slightly more classic veil look to feel more ‘bridal’. I guess I should order some swatches and match them with the top when I get it then! Thank you very much for your help 🙂

  6. Thanks for the guide. Very helpful. I’m looking at the Brittany veil with a satin edge to go with my structured mermaid dress Amanecer by St Patrick. I have ordered swatches from you and know I need a light ivory colour. But can’t make my mind up between illusion tulle and Italian style tulle. Are there any examples of models in Italian style tulle? I think it needs to be quite structured to go with my dress.

  7. Hi! And help! I was wondering if you could recommend a veil for me, I’m a little daunted with so many choices… I’ll be wearing the Galia lahav Martha dress, any suggestions appreciated!

    1. Hi Millie!

      Oh my gosh… I’ve just spent several minutes drooling over your dress. I LOVE Galia lahav!

      So… there’s obviously more than one veil that would work. But I love a long veil. And especially if you’ll be wearing the detachable train (I wouldn’t wear a short veil above that I don’t think). So you could go long, plain, and quite wide and dramatic with something like our Jessica veil. This will be wide enough to wear over the detachable train, and still look fab without it. I chose a plain veil for you because the dress is already quite detailed with all the 3D lace elements. 🙂


  8. Love the info on this site! I bought the maggie sottero “olivia” gown and thinking of a fingertip veil. I’m leaning towards a lightly sequined/beaded veil just on the edging but maybe thinking a plain raw edge veil might be nice since the dress has a beautiful back. I need help! Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi Shannon!

      I’ve just looked up your dress! It’s gorgeous. 🙂

      I think you could definitely go for plain veil and let that gorgeous back detail do all the talking. Or perhaps mostly plain with either a few beads like you said or maybe some teeny-tiny lace pieces just around the bottom.

  9. This guide is so informative and helpful thanks. Can I please have some recommendations, my wedding dress is the casablanca mc kenna style 2398 in blush and ivory with silver beading and pearls as in photo on website. I am going to get a full cathedral veil do you think I should get an ivory or blush veil?. Also do you think a plain veil or a veil with beading and pearls are the edges would be better? Thanks so much for your advice

    1. Hi Sandra!

      Just been to look at your dress! It’s gorgeous and it’s fully pink — I’m not seeing any ivory elements — so I would go for the Blush Pink tulle.

      As for plain or beaded, I think you could afford to add a bit of sparkle as the dress detail isn’t too in your face.

      Lynsey 🙂

  10. Hi this is a really good site and has helped me out a lot. I think I know what I want but a second opinion would really help. I will be wearing a Justin Alexandra dress style 88110. In ivory. Any help on the type of veil would help me a great deal

  11. I have a question…which side should we fix the applique on the veil…i mean the shorter portion…coz wen we put the veil on face it turns the back side

    1. Yes, it does do that. It should be on the side facing out the right way when the veil is worn off the face since this is how it will be seen 99% of the time. 🙂

  12. Hello – firstly just to say this website has been HUGELY helpful in understanding what the different styles/lengths of veils are called and how they look! I will be wearing the Josie dress by Rebecca Ingram and have always wanted a drop veil with a blusher for our traditional church ceremony. Given that the dress is quite plain, with the detail of the buttons down the back, I wondered if a pearl embellishment would suit. I initially thought the falling stars style would be best but, after a brief look on pinterest I really like the look of pearls scattered mainly around the head and trailing offf… kind of an opposite to the falling stars if that makes sense?! I would love to hear any recommendations you might have! Many thanks https://www.maggiesottero.com/rebecca-ingram/josie/15706

    1. Hi

      Ooh I love the classic cut of your dress. So beautiful!

      Yes, I do know what you mean. In fact, we used to do a drop veil called Opal that was very similar to what you describe. This look tends to look nice with mixed sized pearls for a bit of variety. Like the ones on our Violet veil here: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/beaded-veils/violet-barely-there-veil-fingertip-chapel-mixed-size-pearls/

      If you want to get in touch directly we can dig into the details. 🙂


  13. Hi I am going to be wearing the kenneth winston 1745 dress in champagne. As an older bride I am really deliberating about wearing a veiI I don’t want to look too “princessy” but am worried i might not feel like a bride. What veil would you suggest ?

    1. Hi Jane!

      The tulle in your dress looks SO similar to our Italian Style tulle – I think possibly the slightly pinky Oyster Pink shade might actually match better than the Champagne, but you can see both in person in our Deeper Colours sample pack here: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/veils/extras/veil-fabric-samples-deeper-colours/

      For the style, how about a shorter length veil that nips in at the waist? Waist length or elbow length depending on your height. Perhaps with our silver sparkly rhinestone trim to highlight the lovely bodice detail? I just made one like that in Oyster Pink and it was really sweet.


  14. Hi which veil would you recommend for chiara Ronald Joyce wedding dress been looking at cathedral length with crystals

  15. Hi! Thank you for this very informative website. I don’t have any knowledge at all when it comes to veils not until I’ve read this page. I would like to ask what kind and length of the veil can you suggest please. I will be wearing this simple ivory dress Alicia by Loulou full length in an outdoor garden wedding. You’re suggestions will be very much appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Hi Osel!

      I’m not sure I’m finding the right dress. When I search for “Alicia by Loulou” I keep coming across a short, tea-length one. Could you link it?

  16. Hi,
    Just been looking through the FAQ’s. So helpful thank you.
    I’m struggling to find a veil to go with my dress, it’s a Morilee Riva 2077 in Ivory. I would like a chapel length veil but not sure which one to go for to compliment my dress. Any suggestions would be fab
    Thank you x

    1. Oooh lovely dress. And there was a video too!

      Your dress has so many beautiful lace elements and that lovely low scoop back. What I might suggest is to just frame your train with a nice wide chapel length veil that’s fairly simple and sheer. A one layer one (assuming you don’t mind not being able to wear the veil over the face for the ceremony?) like our Brooke would be great: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/plain-veils/brooke-simple-one-layer-chapel-length-veil-with-a-pencil-edge/

      You can see a bunch of other past brides wearing the Brooke veil in this blog post too: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/style-file/popular-wedding-veil/

      If you’re looking for the most see-through tulle, go for our Bridal Illusion. 🙂


  17. Hello 😊
    This guide is amazing! Thank you.
    I had planned on going to try on veils at my local bridal shop but our wedding day is fast approaching (if it goes ahead) so now I think I’m going to have to buy blind!
    I have the Morilee #5216 but have added tulle draped sleeves.
    I had envisioned a two length cathedral length veil, but not sure it going to be too much?
    What would you recommend ?
    I have ordered the tulle samples so hoping they will be here this week 😊
    Thanks so much for your help.

  18. Hi,
    Just to say – this guide is very helpful!
    I have 2 questions about wearing a blusher and chapel veil
    is it possible to remove the longer piece of the veil and wear the blusher (flipped back) only during the evening without removing the comb?
    Is it possible to get a longer blusher so that it is finger length/ballet length when flipped back

    1. Hi Natasha!

      Yes, both of those things are possible. You’d just need a detachable veil.

      Sometimes brides want to be able to remove the blusher, and sometimes they want to be be able to remove the longer layer for dancing. We’ve done it both ways before.

      If you’re worried about the removing of the comb part, one option we’ve done before is to simply make each layer as a separate veil on its own comb. Our combs are metal and curved and so you can quite comfortably wear two combs at the same time sandwiched together. Then just wiggle the longer comb out from underneath later in the day. Assuming, that is, that your hairdresser hasn’t gripped it in. In which case you might need a bit of assistance from a bridesmaid. 🙂

      If you’re interested in this idea, send us an email and we’ll sort you out.



  19. Hi there,

    Please could you advise on what length veil you would recommend with a midaxi length dress? My dress is by Emilia Wickstead with a simple bodice and A-line skirt which I’m pairing with an ivory headband from Cherubina. I’d love to wear a veil with these but don’t know where to start!


    Thanks! Sophie

  20. Hello! Thanks for this guide – very helpful to give me an idea of different veils available. I will be wearing the Morilee Shiloh style 6927 dress in prosecco. Could you suggest a veil length and style? As for color, I think my gown is closer to dark ivory.

  21. Hi there, thanks for such an informative post. I’m tying myself in knots trying to think of what style of veil to go for – your selection is just STUNNING – so I am hoping you can offer some advice. I am wearing ‘Sapphire’ by Suzanne Neville and I got the train customised to add on an extra 1/2 metre in length! I was thinking I would go for a 2 tier fingertip length veil with some volume and scatter crystals but now I’m wondering whether that will look silly due to the long train…should I go for a longer length? Any advice would be so much appreciated! Thank you! x

    1. Hi Chantelle!

      I’m wondering what the rest of your wedding vibe is like because I could see that dress easily lending itself to a more retro-cool look, but I have no idea if that’s actually your theme! I do think a short veil with volume could also be good for a retro look.

      Since it’s harder here in the comments section to have a good back and forth feel free to email or DM me if that’s easier. 🙂


  22. Hi,
    I’m wondering if you could advise on colour and length for my veil,
    I ordered the swatches from you and I’m drawn towards the Italian style tulle, but can’t really tell from the swatch if the shade will work with my dress, unlike most dresses my dress actually is white not ivory! its diamond white mikado satin,
    Raven Effortlessly Classic Mikado A-Line Wedding Dress …https://www.maggiesottero.com › maggie-sottero › raven
    Does the Italian style come in a white shade ? or am I best to go for the bridal illusion in white?
    Also I’m not sure on which length to go for, my dress has a chapel train so not sure if a chapel veil would work or would the cathedral length be better?

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Tabitha!

      Diamond White, if that’s the name of your dress colour, is actually an off-white shade. I know, it sounds like it’s saying it’s brilliant, luminous, blindingly “diamond” white, doesn’t it? But no. It means off white. In which case, the Italian tulle in Pale Ivory (which is very, very pale) should be fine for you. On the larger piece we’ve sent you, try twisting it to get a better sense of the colour against your dress.

      For the length, chapel should work but there is certainly no rule that says you can’t have a veil longer than your dress. I personally like there to be a little extension beyond the end of the train, so cathedral length could be fabulous too 🙂


      1. Hi Lynsey,

        Thankyou for your help I have ordered my veil today in the pale ivory Italian style and I can’t wait for it to arrive, your veil guide is absolutely fantastic and so helpful!

        Thanks Tabitha

  23. Hello! This site is terrific and I have just poured through these helpful comments! I am at a loss when it comes to the veil, too… what would you recommend for the Jenny Yoo Dawson dress? (it has a VERY high neckline).. I am a rather small person, 5’4″ and plan to have my hair up (rather down, in a low bun). I was thinking of a blushier, or fingertip length – I thought 1 tier, then was thinking 2 so I could do the centered gathering, then my brain just collapsed with all the options. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. Hahaha! Oh no, no brain collapses! lol That made me chuckle. 🙂

      I love the halter/collar! Wearing your hair up is a great idea with such a high neckline; you really want to be able to see it fully without loads of hair in the way. This begs the question, do you then want your veil to come around your arms and shoulders? Because a two-layer veil will and a single layer veil won’t.

      My first thought was something single-layered and simple like the Lauren or Faith veils. Or if you wanted to add a pop of sparkle, the rhinestone edged Sophia veil.


  24. Hi Lynsey! Would love to get your opinion on a veil for Mikaella 2328 in the Natural color (which seemed a lot whiter in person than in the picture, so would very much appreciate your thoughts on color). It also looks like a shorter chapel train in the picture, but seemed very long on me in person — I’m very short and only around 5’1, but plan to wear heels! I love the look of a long ungathered drop veil, but wondering if that will overwhelm me? My mom’s also pushing me to get a lace veil since the dress is so plain, but I’m not sure. Probably will wear my hair half up/half down. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Leslie!

      I’ve just looked up the dress. Very nice! 🙂

      It looks a lot paler in the video that the images doesn’t it? I guess they must have used quite a warm edit for the photos and it’s throwing the colour off. From the vid, I think the dress looks like a good match for the Light Ivory Illusion tulle (but I would DEFINITELY recommend getting samples to confirm).

      Lengthwise it’s hard because it’s hanging down but I think you might possibly need cathedral length. You could always try the chapel length drop veil Caitlyn and return it if it’s too short then order a custom veil?


  25. Hi,
    I am looking for a veil for my Enzoani Lesley wedding dress. I have opted for Ivory/Ivory rather than Ivory/Sand as detailed on their website. From googling and looking on social media a lot of brides opt out of a veil for this dress so I am struggling to pick one. Can you suggest what would complement the dress please? I know that I want a long veil, and single tier. Also the straps on the dress are diamante.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you

    1. Oh it’s lovely Natalie!

      Love all those leaves. 🙂

      I think a single layer veil like our Brooke in chapel length or our Jessica in cathedral length would be perfect! I wanted to try and give you some kind of idea with a picture for inspiration. This is one that came to mind that we posted on our Instagram a while back: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKyflftoJJh/

      Not the same dress, obviously, but similar in the amount of lace, the straps etc and shown with a single layer long veil. 🙂

      Here are those two veils.



  26. Hiya! There’s a lot of great info on here, thanks! I’m wearing the Essense of Australia D2308 dress and thinking of going with a fingertip length veil… my main confusion comes from whether I should have something to wear in my hair so if I choose to take the veil off later, I’ve got something pretty in my hair (like a comb or vine) I wasn’t sure if the two go together, veil AND hair accessory…

    1. Hi Sarah, your dress is gorgeous! You can definitely wear a headpiece and a veil. This is a very popular option as you still have something when you remove your veil. From looking at your dress, I would recommend a hair vine. You can have a look at the different options here


      Your veil will sit at the back of your head and the beauty of hair vines is that there isn’t a set place you have to wear them so they will fit in with any hairstyle.

      Hope this helps.

      Bridal Consultant

  27. Hi,
    Amazing website! I’ve just followed you on Instagram also
    The possibilities are endless! I was going to borrow my sisters 2 layer fingertip veil from her wedding 10 years ago but I think I’d rather get something that is more me and more suited to my dress.

    I’m wearing Rio by Morilee 6916. I def want a single layer and I’m thinking a longer one for added drama. But then again I’m not sure! I do like the idea of some sort of beading but if you can see from the bodice that is already on there I’m unsure what to go with!
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated
    If there is nothing that you have then I would be willing to go down the custom route to get the best one to suit

    Thank you so much

    1. Hi Joanne! First of all your dress is stunning!! To get the perfect veil for you we would suggest a custom design. By looking at your dress’ beading I would add clear crystals to the veil as they will complement the little seed beads on your bodice. For added drama, I’d go for chapel length which would frame your train beautifully.

      Have a look at our Serena veil here


      The Serena veil is longer than the chapel but it is a really good example of our crystal beading.

      Hope this helps 🙂

      Bridal Consultant

  28. Hi, so much great information, who knew so many options I’m still in such a tizz, I’m struggling more with the veil than I did with the dress! Who would have thought. I have a Millie may M112 dress here (https://milliemaybridal.co.uk/product/mm112-4/) but have got it in ivory even though tried it on in this champagne colour, not seeing myself in the actual dress in ivory til 4 weeks before the wedding 😬 Not sure what length as don’t want to detract from seeing the applique detail on the skirt so thinking fingertip or floor length or would it be best for veil to stop where lace detail on the bodice thins out? Thinking cut edge so matches skirt hem with scattered pearls and have no clue for no of layers. What could you advise? Picked a dress completely different to what I thought now such a dilemma

    1. Hi Sam!

      What a stunning dress!! So sorry to completely throw you even more but I would pair your dress with a Chapel length veil which would perfectly frame the train of your dress. I would have this in our Italian Style, pale ivory tulle. This is our most sheer fabric so your scattered pearls would almost look as though they are floating 🙂 In regards to layers, that is a personal choice as to how much fabric you would like up top. I would recommend going for the simple one layer so as not to distract from your beautiful bodice!! Hope this helps 🙂

      Sam Pickford
      Bridal Consultant

  29. Hi Lynsey and Sam,

    Oh my goodness! This site is amazing and has been incredibly helpful! I am struggling with my veil choice and the information you provided is so good! Like others, I would appreciate any recommendations/thoughts on the veil that would pair best with my dress (Raphael by Maggie Sottero, all ivory): https://www.maggiesottero.com/maggie-sottero/raphael/16518. I am a plus size bride, so I do not want to add more width than I already have. I am planning to wear my hair half up/half down. I am going for a very classic, elegant, princess type of vibe. The dress has beautiful beading that I was considering matching on the edge of the veil. I have also considered a lace-trimmed veil. The dress has sparkle tulle (which I LOVE) but I don’t want it to be overkill by incorporating that in the veil. My biggest struggle right now is a long vs. waist-length veil. I don’t want to take away from the beauty and details of the dress, but I very much want to complement my look (especially around my face though I will not be wearing the veil over my face at any time). Does having sleeves make a difference on which length to choose? I feel like I am all over the place! Help!

    Thank you in advance for any help/advice!

    1. Aww, fab! You could go with waist-length if you like but I feel a longer veil keeping it slim down the back and keeping it out of the way of your sleeves so it is not too busy! As said before, I would have the Italian style tulle in pale ivory which is our most sheer fabric so your detail on your dress will be completely seen through the veil. this would also give an illusion of your beading “floating”. From the pictures, I can’t tell if you would need Chaple or Chaedral length but we could do a medium or even slim width depending on how you feel. Have a look at my favourite veil the Phoenix as an example and let me know what you think 🙂



  30. Hi Team, this is such an informative and helpful site….i am however slightly mind blown by all the different options and wondered whether you might be able to help me out. I am getting married in the Jenny Packham ‘Alba’ dress and think I would like a long veil, the dress itself has a lot of beading on it so I was hoping you might be able to steer me in an appropriate direction in terms of veil that would work.

    Thanks so much.


    1. Hi Sarah. I love your dress, especially the little embellished cap sleeves! I would probably go with our Italian tulle as the holes in the fabric are the smallest so less likely to snag on your gorgeous beading. Have a look at my favourite veil the Pheonix https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/beaded-veils/phoenix-one-layer-cathedral-length-veil-with-diamantes-falling-stars/ This is our longest and widest veil, in the Italian style pale ivory. It is our softest and most sheer veil that has mirror backed diamantes in our falling star design (less at they top, building up to more at the bottom) which would fall past the end of your dress’s train! Let me know what you think.

      Sam Pickford
      Bridal Consultant

    1. Hi Cora. I am not too sure of the colour but you can order samples here https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/?s=SAMPLES&post_type=product
      I love your dress, it is stunning! have a look at our Fearne and Summer veils here https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/?s=horsehair&post_type=product Both of these veils have a horsehair trim which would match the trim of your dress. from the picture i would recommend a cathedral length that would perfectly frame your train. We can make a custom veil to incorporate all of this if it was what you liked 🙂 Hope this helps.

      Bridal Consultant

  31. This has helped me tremendously!! I am wearing the allure wilderly august dress (minus the sleeves). I would like a blusher veil. Do you have any suggestions that would match with the unique lace of this dress? Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Kristen, is it possible for you to send me a picture of the dress, and a close up of the lace at all please?
      Sam pickford
      Bridal Consultant

  32. Hi,

    Thank you for this helpful guide! I wonder if you could recommend a veil for my dress please. I am wearing Grady by Maggie Sottero. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance.


    1. Hi Lilly, I love your dress!! I would go with something plain and chapel length. you have so much detail on your dress you don’t want your veil to take away from this. I would also suggest you go for our Italian Style, Pale Ivory. This tulle is out most sheer fabric but also the most dense. It has the smallest holes in the tulles so is less likely to catch on your beading at the top of your dress. You will also be able to see the overall dress detail through the veil.

      Hope this helps.

      Sam x

  33. Hi. This guide is very helpful, but I am really torn between two options and I am not sure which way to go. My dress is Casablanca Evelina dress: https://www.casablancabridal.com/collections/gowns/style-2406-evelina/. I have the color shown in the picture (a blush/ivory combo). I am torn between getting something with a bit of lace at the bottom to frame the dress or keeping a simple plain veil so that the dress stands out. I would love to hear your recommendations – I am planning on wearing a two-layer chapel length veil.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, wow! Your dress is gorgeous! I would be tempted to go for a simpler veil so not to distract too much from the beautiful detailing of your dress. Have a look at our Siobhan veil, two layer, chapel length, hand stiched pencil edge and our falling stars design created with subtle diamantes. this design would give a smaller amount of beading to the top, falling down to full beading at the bottom which would frame your dress. This option gives you some detailing without distracting from your dress 🙂

      Hope this helps.

      Sam x

    2. Hi, thank you so much for this guide! It’s been so useful to help picture different styles! We are having a traditional church wedding then country house reception – I’ve got my dress – a classic satin ballgown (https://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_off-the-shoulder-satin-ball-gown-wedding-dress-wg3979_all-wedding-dresses) but with more traditional straps. I was thinking a pearl veil with a blusher and then can’t decide on the gathering (I like drop veils but not sure how that would work with the pearls..) and whether to have a satin trim. In terms of length I’m thinking LONG but not sure how long further than my train….. I would love to get your thoughts and recommendations!

      Thanks in advance!


      1. Oooh love the dress! So classic. Satin edging could tie in really well. Or you could absolutely have a drop veil with a strung pearl edge. Maybe samples would help? If you order one of our tulle sample packs here: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/product-tag/samples/ just pop a note in the comments requesting some bias biding and some pearl trim and we’ll include them. 🙂

  34. Hi, I’ve read your guide, which is very helpful! However, I am still undecided on what type of veil to go for. My dress is Val by Hayley Paige in ivory https://weddingstylecollective.co.uk/1703-val . I am thinking about a long veil, but not sure whether floor or chapel length would be better. I would also like the veil to be quite sheer. Also not sure whther I should go for something simple, like the satin edge one or with lace. I like the idea also to wear rustic looking flowers on my hair (we are getting married outside in Tuscany), but not sure if these will look good with a veil. Please, help!

    Thank you,


    1. Hi!

      I think either plain or lace would work best for a rustic theme. As you’ve already got satin binding on your dress (which is a lovely detail, by the way) I would not want to detract from that but having it on the veil too. Too many satin lines, potentially.

      For the length, it looks like it only has a small puddle train so floor length would work or chapel length could be used to add length. 🙂

  35. Hello. I need help. I tried on a fingertip rhinestone edge veil but not so sure now. I will be wearing Enozani Pippa dress in Ivory. Was also thinking of doing a side rhinestone comb but not sure if that goes with a veil. what veil would you suggest. Any suggestions would help. Thank you so much

    1. Hi,

      Yes, you can definitely wear a side comb with a veil.

      I could see a rhinestone edge veil working well with your chosen dress. Maybe about fingertip length?

  36. Hi. Please could you advise which style or veil would you recommend for the Morilee sally wedding dress but adding a lace cap sleeve for somebody slightly short about 5′ 3”. Looking for a two tier but not sure about length and whether sequins or pearls or both . thanks

    1. Hi

      I’m also 5’3″ so I’m right there with you, lol. I always think a long veil is safer for shorter brides as with a short to mid-length veil, you risk the end of the veil hitting you at an awkward spot that makes you look even shorter. A long veil, on the other hand, flows right down and even beyond the train adding to the illusion of length/height.

      For a two-tier plain veil in chapel length see Paige: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/plain-veils/paige-two-layer-chapel-length-veil-with-a-simple-pencil-edge/

      Or for the same size but with pearls and diamantes, see Siobhan: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/beaded-veils/siobhan-two-tier-chapel-length-veil-with-pearls-and-diamantes-falling-stars/

  37. Hello,
    Thank you so much for this amazing guide!!! It’s helped massively for me! I’m very petite at 5ft nothing! And I have a few questions I wondered if you could help with? Firstly I read on a previous comment about how a long chapel length helps to elongate a petite frame. Would a waterfall/angel cut chapel veil still have the same effect or would it make me look shorter? Also does the chapel length come in a standard length as it will obviously be a lot longer on me than somebody say 5ft 6 inch? And finally (sorry for all the questions!) I have chosen the Goldie dress by Jane Hill in Ivory. It has a very delicate lace with sequins. Am I best to go for a plain veil or sparkly veil to bring out the sparkle in my dress? Hugs Laura

    1. Hi

      Thanks for your comment! Sorry, it took a while to spot the notification!

      Yes, it would still work with a waterfall cut veil. Chapel length is 96″ from top to bottom so compared to someone 5’6″ you could say it will look 3 inches longer, but then it also depends on how high in your hair you wear it. You can raise or lower the veil 3 inches, possibly more, depending on whether you wear it on the top of your head right behind your tiara, or at the back just above a low bun. It’s all quite fluid and that’s why the veil is usually 10-12 inches longer than the dress to allow for all these possibilities.


  38. Hi there!
    This guide is so informative! Thank you for taking the time to create it and being so responsive! I was against wearing a veil at first, but after many, many days of looking through your veils, I’ve decided that I love the look of the Diana drape veil, I’m just not sure if it will go with my dress, nor do I know what length the veil should be. I will be wearing Annika Morilee #5872. I plan to wear my hair in a low bun with a half halo hair piece. Any advice/insight would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Oh you’re very welcome! Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

      I love the idea of the Diana veil with your dress. With a low bun, it should be long enough for your train as-is, but I would recommend ordering it the set style in chapel length first either way, even if when you try it you find you need it longer, at least it’s returnable then and you can just request a custom cathedral version to be made. 🙂

  39. Hi. which veil would you recommend to go with the Morilee Sally dress, Am looking at possibly 2 tier fingertip length with raw edges and allover sparkle.

    1. Hi Tina,

      Yes, I can definitely see a shorter two-tier veil looking lovely with your dress. The cut edges are great for seamlessly blending in without any harsh lines and fingertip length, although still short, if still long enough to flow elegantly.

  40. Wow! Really informative and understandable guide through all this baffling world! Gosh, every day is a learning day once you say “yes”! I’ve chosen a Greta dress from wed2be – simple and elegant I think (I’m 46), and it has pockets! But I’m not sure whether to wear hair down with flowers in it, or up. Would you recommend a simple veil, or some detail in it? And what length please? I’d like to feel ‘bridal’ but not over the top and fussy. Thank you xx

    1. Love a dress with pockets!

      I think if you end up going with the flowers in the hair, that’s quite a romantic looks so then I’d be tempted to just go for something long, plain and floaty for the veil. Whereas wearing it up is a bit more structured so you could peharps add a bit more detailing, some light beading, maybe?


  41. Hi, being an older bride, (56) I’m really quite scared that I get it all wrong! My dress is Rebecca Ingram Josie in Ivory which is extremely plain and I quite like the idea of having quite a sparkly veil but worry I’m too old and getting this all wrong. Would appreciate your thoughts, I must have read everything on the net and I’m more confused than ever ! Thank you in advance of your thoughts x

  42. Hello! Firstly, thank you for creating such an in-depth guide, it’s answered so many of my questions and was funny to boot! However, as you seem to be some sort of sorceress at being able to recommend the perfect veil for ones dress, could I ask what you’d suggest for a Suzanne Neville Lilliana? I’d like a long two-tier, but other than that haven’t a clue! I am adding a sparkle belt to the dress for a bit of ‘zhuzh’ if that helps?

    1. Haha! Well, your comment just made me laugh so now we’re even. 🙂

      I’ve looked up the dress and the good news is your options are very open because lots of things could be paired with it as it’s a simple classic.

      For a bit more added sparkle in a subtle way on a two-layer chapel length design, maybe look at Nadia: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/beaded-veils/nadia-two-tier-chapel-length-veil-with-scattered-diamantes/ It’s the right size for your train and has just a light scatter of diamantes to catch the light. 🙂

  43. Hello, I wonder if I could ask you advice please 🙂 I’m getting married this summer, and at the moment I really can’t decide whether to have a veil or not. I’m a little against the idea as I find veils a bit old-fashioned, but almost everyone I speak to are very pro-veil as they believe it completes the ‘bridal’ look.

    If I did go for a veil I’d want it to be quite subtle and delicate, but at the same time I wouldn’t want to go too plain – I’d like a little sparkle/detail/finished edging.

    My wedding dress is Novabella 30321 (champagne with ivory embroidery), but with a button-down back instead of a corset, and with the addition of lace shoulder straps and illusion upper back (so I really don’t want to lose the detail by covering up with a heavy veil). My hair is just below shoulder length and will be worn in a half-up, half-down style with a tiara. The overall look I’m going for is soft, flowing and romantic.

    Do you have any advice or recommendations on veil type and length? Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Morning!

      Well, we’re very pro-veil here as well as you could probably have guessed, lol.

      My first thought to really make sure all the lovely details and changes you’re making to the top of the veil are seen would be to get a “Barely there” veil which has zero gathering at the comb and is designed to be the sheerest and most see-through type of veil. It looks like this: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/beaded-veils/violet-barely-there-veil-fingertip-chapel-mixed-size-pearls/ but obviously you don’t have to have the oodles of pearls that veil has if you’re trying to stay on the subtle side. Some smaller, more dainty beading, perhaps?

      1. Lovely, thank you! Yes, I do like the idea of going with an ungathered veil, and I’m actually quite taken by your custom option of small pearl beading (and/or diamante…or maybe I’m just getting carried away now!). What sort of length would you suggest – would fingertip be ok?

          1. Lovely, thank you so much – I think I might just be sold on the idea now! 🙂 Thanks again for all your help.

  44. Hello,

    Thank you so much for creating such a helpful guide! I really have no idea where to start in terms of a veil. My dress is from Stella York, style 6718 (https://www.essensedesigns.com/stella-york/wedding-dresses/6718/), and I’m wearing it without the straps – just a sweetheart neckline. I am likely adding a thin sparkly belt to the dress. Given that the dress is more plain, should I go with a veil with some lace or beading, or should I keep the veil more plain as well to match? In terms of length, I was defaulting to fingertip length, but I honestly have no idea what would look good! Your advice is VERY much appreciated! Also, do you ship to New York? Thank you!

    1. We do! We’ll ship pretty much anywhere.

      It’s both easier and much, much harder when the dress is simple because you can literally have anything you want…so what should you have? lol

      If you’re a fan of lace by all means add some in via your veil. In fingertip, I love the lace on our Gabriella veil especially: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/lace-veils/gabriella-one-layer-fingertip-length-demi-lace-edge-veil/ but of course, we can do any lace as well as a custom option…I’m not helping am I? 😂

  45. Hi,

    This guide is so helpful. I was thinking of a chapel length with lace, but I’m honestly overwhelmed and not sure what would be best. I originally was going to go for a plan one that sits under my bun. I’m wearing the Patterson by Wtoo Brides: https://www.watters.com/products/patterson/. I like something that is right between sweet and dramatic. I like to make a statement. I do feel that a cathedral is just too long. I would love some of your guidance. Thank you!

    1. Hi Kim!

      Thanks so much for your comment.

      I think chapel length will be perfect for your train! And maybe lace would work or a sheer hand-cut veil would be equally nice but, either way, it should be something delicate to go with the soft tulle skirt rather than anything too heavy, don’t you think?


  46. Thank you so much for making this veil guide! It has been SO helpful in narrowing down veil styles, but I’m still a little undecided with which style would go best with my dress and frame – wondering if you’d be able to recommend any?
    My dress is the Laraline by Watters STYLE # 67701B (https://www.watters.com/products/laraline/) in the ivory-multi color, so it’s got a nude/darker undertone and ivory tulle on top. It’s also kind of a crinkle material and I think a ballgown shape – it’s got quite a bit of volume in the skirt. I might also be adding off the shoulder bishop sleeves to it as well and will be wearing a tiara with my hair in a loose bun. I think I’d love a very soft, ethereal and flowy veil in a two-tier drop style veil with blusher that would cover the bouquet. I originally wanted to go for a finger tip length, but because I’m petite (5’2″), I heard that the fingertip length could make me look even shorter, especially since my dress already has a lot of volume. Is this true, or could the veil “melt” into my dress? I’ve also always wanted a subtle scattering of flat back crystals but not sure if that would look too overwhelming with the dress.
    Thank you so much for your help!!

  47. Hi! Your guide has been so helpful to understand the world of veils. Thank you!
    Any suggestions welcome… my dress is Tyson by Pronovias. It has a detailed lace back, buttons and sleeves so I was debating whether any veil at all would overload the look. I don’t want to cover up all of the bits of the dress that I love. But you only get one chance to wear a veil right? Any recommendations welcome! 😍

  48. What about if your train isn’t round. Do you choose a round edge vail? My dress is Maggie Sottero Johanna. Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Danielle!

      In your specific case, you could still do round but perhaps ask for it to be shaped into more of a soft rounded point than a simple rounded bottom. 🙂

  49. Hello! Super useful to read I just wondered if you could help me on colour choice, my dress is the Maggie Sottero – Hattie in Misty mauve (the exact colour is pictured on the site) so a pinky/nude, I’m set on getting the single tier Chapel length Skye with some embriodery and wanted a Shimmer Tulle but could you recommend best colour for this? Lean more toward an Ivory?

    1. Hi Yasmin!

      I just looked up the dress and it’s lovely!

      The mauve part looks just like our Oyster Pink colour, however that doesn’t come in a shimmer option so if you instead match to the ivory lace, either the ivory shimmer or if you need something less creamy/more pale, the Diamond white shimmer (off white shimmer basically) would be your best bet. 🙂

  50. Hello! I love this guide! I have the Kenleigh dress by Sottero and midgley, and I bought a chapel length veil with scattered crystals but I’m having second thoughts and think a finger tip veil would look better. Would really appreciate any thoughts you might have! Thank you!

    1. I think both lengths would work so if you already have it, I’d stick to the long one. Who doesn’t love a long veil?

  51. Hi!
    Loved how informative your article was.
    My dress is the Bernadette from Morilee in Capuccino color
    What veil would you recommend? I am petite 5’3.

    1. Ohh it’s quite a romantic and floaty gown so I’d got for a similar vibe with the veil: Long, floaty with perhaps a hand-cut edge for ultimate sheerness and delicacy.

    1. Oh yes! What a classic and a perfect blank canvas for literally any veil you like you lucky thing! I’d just suggest sticking to the classic vibe rather than throwing in any wild rustic or boho vibes but other than that. your options are wide open.

  52. Hello! This page is so helpful and really clearly explains all the options!!
    I wondered if I could have your opinion please? My dress is Blue by Enzoani Kalypso and thought about a veil ending before the train… thinking Waltz? Initially thinking about satin edge (camilla) but not sure if a plain or even pearl edged would look better? I’m not wearing the veil over my head but not sure if the single layer veil would look good on this dress? Any opinions would be hugely helpful!
    Thank you!

    1. Hi!

      I definitely understand why you’ve chosen that length – because of your stunning train detail. I might have gone for a less bold edge than the satin binding at 1cm wide. Something that literally melts into the dress like a cut edge (see the Angelina veil), for example.

  53. Another (previously confused) bride here that has found this page and website to be astoundingly helpful. Thank you so much for the thorough explanations and help in how to shop for a veil- it was so overwhelming to me! Can I also solicit your advice on what you would suggest for my dress? It’s the Stella York 6607 as shown here https://flaresbridal.com/product/stella-york-6607/

    I am thinking a chapel length, single tier, 72″ wide so that the lovely back can be seen through. What embellishments or details, if any, do you see working well with this? Thank you sincerely for any thoughts!

    1. I’m definitely in agreement with the length and width you’ve chosen. As you have beaded lace you could add a little hint of sparkle to the veil as well, maybe a scattered diamante like our Bianca veil (https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/beaded-veils/bianca-single-layer-chapel-length-veil-with-scattered-diamantes/). Or leave it plain for the dress sparkle to show through. It will depend on how comfortable you are with glitz and sparkle…?

  54. Hi,
    Fantastic guide thank you so much for writing it!
    Firstly a question – is there such thing as a veil that is two tier chapel length, that could be also be worn separated? I am marrying in a church and love the thought of a beautiful veil train draping up the aisle, but for our relaxed dancing reception it would be too long and I would have to take it off – but I love veils and don’t really want to be without one on the day!! So the idea of keeping the shorter piece on for the evening would be ideal but perhaps I’m dreaming haha

    Secondly I would love your advice on what you might recommend for my dress – https://beta.davidsbridal.com/product/floral-applique-open-back-tulle-wedding-dress-swg841?defining_size_family=126&defining_extra_length=1&defining_mesh_bodysuit=1&defining_color=602
    My dress has been ordered in White not ivory, and it’s beautifully sparkly in real life.
    My imagination has a two tier chapel length veil, with lace edging and some glimmer or sparkle within it. Does anything exist that could match this description? Or are there any other styles you could recommend that might suit my dress and setting?

    1. Oh wow! I can imagine how much that gown sparkles in real life!

      And yes, you could go for a detachable veil where both pieces – your longer back layer and the shorter layer that goes over the face – are both on their own comb. That way you can wear both together, or wear just the long one after the ceremony and swap to the shorter one for the evening. Three veils in one!

  55. My wedding gown is exactly like the one where you compare the ivory color to white. I still can’t decide what type of veil I want, any suggestion for that particular dress? My hair will be down with soft curls and a tiara . Any help counts 🙂 thank you

  56. Hi,

    What an amazing guide! There are so so many options, your head keeps spinning with all that’s possible! I’m still deciding between veils but your guide has helped me a long way! My dress is quite simple but with a really lovely (I think) back. I don’t want to take the attention from the back and the silhouette away, but since the train is on the longer side, I do want to match that veil-wise. This is my dress (without sleeves): https://www.pronovias.com/wedding-dress-mermaid-sweetheart-neckline-long-sleeves-antelope

    I’m looking for a simple veil, but something that will make the dress and myself pop. I thought of something with a simple edge (I’m not too much into glitter or a lot of lace) and like a floor length? But I hoped you might point me towards something!

    I would love your help since I love your website and the help you’ve provided others! Thank you so much. Love, Sophie

    1. Oh thank you! And sorry it took so long for me to spot your comment waiting for moderation!

      I love a long plain floaty veil! they literally go with everything. You just can’t lose. Our most popular one plain styles are Jessica (cathedral/wide), Brooke (chapel/wide), and Skye (chapel/medium). I’ll link them all below.

      Jessica: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/plain-veils/jessica-one-layer-cathedral-length-extra-wide-veil-with-a-simple-edge/
      Brooke: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/plain-veils/brooke-simple-one-layer-chapel-length-veil-with-a-pencil-edge/
      Skye: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/plain-veils/skye-one-layer-plain-chapel-length-veil-with-a-cut-edge/

  57. Hello! Who knew that there were so many things to consider when choosing a veil!? My dress is the Greenley by Maggie Sottero (https://www.maggiesottero.com/maggie-sottero/greenley/16115). I originally purchased a crystal beaded edge fingertip veil when I bought my wedding dress. I am planning an outdoor adventure elopement so I was nervous about considering a long veil. I let my bridal consultant convince me that the fingertip style looked best (because let’s be honest trying wedding gowns on is exhausting and at that point I was ready to be done). Now I’m having second thoughts and really wishing I would’ve gone with a longer veil (they make for some amazing pictures). I know there is a Greenley veil (cathedral length) that matches the wedding dress, but I’ve had a difficult time finding one available anywhere that would be in stock for purchase in a short period of time. I’m trying to decide on other options for the best length/style to go with my dress. I would love any thoughts on this!!

    1. I am definitely a fan of a longer veil myself, and indeed, that is the majority of what we make for brides so they do seem to be popular at the moment…And I agree, they do make for spectacular wedding photos! (–not helping your dilemma, am I? lol)

  58. My daughter just bought her veil, which is about 12” shorter than her dress. Is this okay or should we return it for a veil that is 5-6” longer than her dress? Thank you!

    1. Personally, yes, I prefer a veil to extend a little past the dress than ending just shy of the end of the train. 🙂

  59. My wedding dress is ballgown in off white silk mikado, I would like to accessorize with a Belgium veil.
    Can you give me any reference where can I buy a good and beautiful veil.
    Thank you

  60. Thank you so much for this guide it is super helpful. There are so many to choose from I don’t even know where to start. I’m wearing the Despina by pronovias dress. Any help would be appreciated, what do you recommend? Thanks!

    1. Oh wow, such a beautiful lace dress! I would suggest a long and simple/plain veil like Brooke or a custom one with an equally delicate lace edging such as the Chantilly lace from our Tamsin veil which I’ll link for you.

      Brooke: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/plain-veils/brooke-simple-one-layer-chapel-length-veil-with-a-pencil-edge/
      Tamsin: https://theweddingveilshop.co.uk/shop/wedding-veils/lace-veils/tamsin-two-tier-fingertip-length-veil-with-chantilly-lace-edging/

  61. Thank you so much for this guide. A true life saver!

    I’ll be wearing the Sienna Gown from Grace Loves Lace. What veil length and style do you recommend?

  62. I just discovered this site and I am very happy because you guys are all I need. My wedding is September 23, 2023. I am wearing Justin Alexander gown, style 88116 in ivory. A-Line style with lace fabric. I need help in choosing a veil to go with it. Please help.

  63. Wow what a life saver this is!
    I’ve just added your samples to my basket but unsure which to go for.
    My dress is the enzoani naroza in ivory. Which cathedral length veil would you recommend? I’m also leaning towards having it personalised with my late mammas writing. 🙂x

  64. Hi! I’m so stuck on what length veil to go for with my dress or what details! All I know is I want a single layer. I’ve ordered the Sophia Tolli ‘Maren’ dress which has quite a lot of lace on it and a long train. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi!

      Well you can never go wrong with long plain and floaty – thats a winner for every literally dress. But if you want something more specific to your dress, you could consider a shaped lace edge to echo the shape of your petal train. DM on instagram or email to chat in more detail. 🥰

  65. Hi, I’m wondering if I got a one tier veil just to wear over my face while walking down the aisle, would that be weird if there was no veil on the back?

  66. Hello, this is the best website I have found! So helpful! I also love that you have given personalised recommendations and I was wondering if you could do the same for me? I’m wearing Mackenzie by morilee 2531 in Ivory/Prosecco/honey, and it’s a destination wedding on the beach 🙂 I have no clue on what I want, or what would suit the dress, I am open to any suggestions!

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