Often brides put so much emphasis on choosing their dress that they forget another very important task: picking the perfect wedding veil! While the dress may get the most attention, the veil is your most important accessory of the day. It can truly make or break your entire outfit! Thankfully, we’re here to guide you through all the factors that go into picking the perfect wedding veil.
1. The Styles First, we need to introduce you to all the different styles of wedding veils. They vary in length, width, embellishment, and material.
Cathedral veils are the longest of the styles, and can extend anywhere from 9 to 25 feet from the comb. They are definitely in style at the moment, and provide a classic look, reminiscent of a royal wedding. Their main appeal is that they trail (or float) behind you as you walk.
There are several veil lengths that can fall under this category: to your elbow, to your fingertips, to your shoulders, etc. This style of veil is most popular for brides that want to accentuate their dress or frame their upper body. They are the most traditional of the veil styles, but they can also work with more modern, alternative bridal looks.
Definitely a more modern style, birdcage veils only cover part of the face, and give off a vintage feel. They match best with short dresses and modern styles.
“Blusher” is the term for a veil that covers your entire face as you walk down the aisle, so you can have a grand reveal at the end. They are also very traditional, and are often paired with a longer veil that goes down your back. Just keep in mind that this means your face will not be visible in the photos of you walking down the aisle!
Mantilla veils are traditional Spanish-style circular veils. They have a thick lace trim along the edge of the entire veil, which frames the face in a really lovely way. The veil is draped over your head and held by a concealed comb.
2. The Length Now that you know the styles, let’s talk about what kind of length you should be looking for! In general, longer veils are more traditional. Shorter veils, such as the birdcage, are more casual, or have a retro feel to them.
Also think about if there are any elements of your wedding dress that you want to be featured or highlighted during the day of your wedding. If you have an open back or cool lace design, you want to find a veil that either doesn’t cover it or is very sheer and see-through. On the other hand, if there’s nothing fancy back there, or you’d actually like to cover the back for any reason, you can choose a longer, heavier veil, or one with many layers of tulle.
3. Fabric When shopping for veils, you will most likely only see one option for fabric: tulle. And while you may think it’s because it’s the most budget-friendly fabric to use, there are a lot of reasons why it is the best!
The other fabrics that veils are made from are silk, satin, and lace, and yes, they are absolutely beautiful, but they are much heavier and end up falling straight down. Tulle, on the other hand, stays floaty and lifted. It’s also much lighter on your head, which means you won’t feel weighed down by it throughout the ceremony.
And yes, it is the most friendly to your wallet! So it’s truly a win-win on all sides. However, just because tulle is so great doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate lace or embellishments!
If your gown is already fairly embellished with lace, jewels, or shiny things, you probably want to keep the veil fairly simple. However, if you have a very simple dress and want to add something with a little pizzazz, consider wearing a veil with embellishments!
For example, you can wear a veil outlined in lace, much like the Mantilla style, or you can wear one with floral embroidery, or even a veil bedecked with rhinestones! Whatever your style, you can absolutely find it in a veil.
And if you want a simple veil but a little sparkle on your head, check out the different headpieces!
5. Headpieces The headpiece is the piece of the veil that keeps it attached to your head. There are three styles that are the most common: the comb, the tiara, and the halo. The comb is pretty self-explanatory: it’s a very fancy comb that can be placed into your hair pretty much wherever you want to put it. It’s the most versatile of the headpieces. The tiara is also just what it sounds like; if you want to feel like a princess or a queen on your big day, this is the perfect headpiece for you. Finally, there is the halo. This is a more Boho Chic look that’s becoming more popular in modern days, and essentially is a bejeweled headband that goes around your head. Keep in mind that it’s also up to you where you want to place the veil. The most traditional placement is at the very top of your head. You can also place it at the crown of your head for a more modern vibe, or at the back of your head, for a sophisticated look. Of course, this definitely depends on your hairstyle!
6. Hair Last but most definitely not least, you need to be aware of your hairstyle when choosing a veil. Talk to your hair stylist about what you’re going to do and what style he or she thinks would look best and be easiest to incorporate.
In our experience, the best styles for updos are blushers and birdcages. But don’t let this stop you from using any other style; the fun thing about updos is that you can either place the veil above or below a bun or chignon. If it’s above, you can get a bit more volume in the veil, but if it’s below, you can really showcase the hairdo.
Meanwhile, if you choose to have your hair down, you’ll probably want to go for a halo headpiece, a mantilla veil, or a cathedral veil. Once again, experiment around, as this isn’t a science! You will love what you love, and no one can tell you differently. Finally, make sure that once you have the veil in your possession, you bring it to your hair stylist at least once, so he or she can test-drive your hairstyle with it. It’s always better to troubleshoot before the wedding!
We hope that this guide has been helpful to you for choosing your veil! Check out all the styles we have, and let us know what your favorite look is.