Choosing Your Bridal Veil

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Veils are the perfect finishing touch for your bridal look. Historically, veils were worn to protect the bride from evil spirits and later as a symbol of purity and chastity. Nowadays, brides continue to wear veils as a tradition and a fashion piece. Your options for choosing a veil are limitless; accordingly we've done our research and put together tips on how to choose your bridal veil.

Bridal Veils Photo by Jay Jay Studios

Photo by Jay Jay Photography

Your bridal veil is meant to complement and complete your look. When choosing your veil you must consider the length, style, details and color of your gown; Your hairstyle and accessories; Your height; and your personality. Here are few general tips to keep in mind: 

1. Make sure to ask for a swatch of your dress fabric to match the color of your veil.

2. If your gown is embellished go with a simpler veil or match the beadwork around the edges only. If your gown is simple, you have more freedom to embellish your veil.

3. If your gown has details you want to show, such as embellishments or embroidery in the back, make sure to choose a sheer veil instead of layers of tulle.

4. Consider your hairstyle when choosing your veil. Certain veils will look better with specific hairstyles. Also, depending on where you will be pinning your veil, the required length may vary.

5. Consider your height and choose the veil length that best complements you. For instance, mid-length veils complement taller brides whereas long veils elongate petite brides.

6. Know yourself! Choose the veil that best fits your personality and achieves your desired look.

Here's a breakdown of various styles of veils and their best pairs:

Birdcage/ Visor Veils

Birdcage and Visor veils are an alternative to the traditional bridal veil. They are perfect for a vintage vibe as well as a fashion forward, dramatic look. The birdcage veil can be worn across the face as well as to the side.

Birdcage veil photo by Armen Photo

Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography


The blusher is one-tier tulle that covers your face and is usually worn at the ceremony. You may choose to add different veils to your blusher to complete your look. The blusher adds more volume to your veils.

Blusher veil photo by Sakosan

Photo by Sakosan Photography

Blusher Photo by Dukeimages

Photo by Duke Photography

Angel Cut Veil

The Angel cut veil is cut so that the sides cascade in folds and usually has a trim on the edges. This veil is perfect for a simple dress since it adds a bit of drama. This style is popular for shorter lengths.

Angel cut veil photo by Armen Photo

Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography

Shoulder-length Veil

Shoulder-length veil is perfect for a gown that has a lot of bust, waist, or back details. Since the veil ends at the shoulders, it shows off the details.

Flyaway veil Photo by Collin Cowie Weddings

Photo Source Collin Cowie Weddings

Flyaway Veil

Flyaway veils fall at or below the shoulders. This is another great option for a vintage or short wedding dresses.

Bridal veil Photo by Rene Zadori Photography

Photo by Rene Zadori Photography

Elbow-length Veil

Elbow-length veil pairs with all styles. This veil pairs well with ball gowns as well because it ends where the fullness of the skirt begins.

Elbow length veil photo by Rene Zadori Photography

Photo by Rene Zadori Photography

Fingertip-length Veil

Fingertip-length veil also works well with all styles of dresses. This veil is perfect for the bride who wants a longer veil but still wants to keep the focus on her dress.

Fingertip veil by BHLDN

Photo Source BHLDN

Ballet or Waltz Veil

Ballet or Waltz veils usually fall at knee or ankle length. These styles pair best with fitted dresses without a train.

Ballet or Waltz veil Photo by Dukeimages

Photo by Duke Photography


This veil is perfect for a full-length gown without a train.

Floor length veil photo by Armen Photo

Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography

Chapel-length Veil

Chapel length veils are usually about 90" long and 108" wide and should pass the train. This veil complements all styles of dresses and is perfect for the bride who wants a long veil. The Chapel veil pairs well with a bohemian dress as well.

Chapel length Photo by Armen Photo

Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography

Chapel length veil photo by Dukeimages

Photo by Duke Photography

Cathedral Veil

The Cathedral veil is the longest of all. This veil is formal and should be worn with a full-length dress and looks best with a long train. The Cathedral veil should go passed the train for a dramatic entrance.

Cathedral Veil Photo by Rene Zadori Photography

Photo by Rene Zadori Photography

Cathedral Veil Photo by Duke Images

Photo by Duke Photography

Drop Veil

The Drop veils are sheer, circular veils that do not have combs and can be adjusted in front and back lengths. This style of veil is perfect for the bride who wants a simple veil and no additional hair accessories.

Drop veil photo by Armen Photo

Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography

Mantilla Veil

A mantilla veil is usually cut round and lined with lace. The lace details are a major aspect of this veil as they draw the attention to the face.

Mantilla veil Photo by JayJay Studios

Photo by Jay Jay Productions

When you choose your wedding gown, try different styles of veils to help visualize and choose the perfect fit. Based on your wedding venue, you may also choose to add a longer veil for the ceremony and remove it for your reception. Some brides also choose to skip the veil all together and opt for a headpiece instead. There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing your veil. The important part is to feel comfortable, beautiful, and ensure your veil complements your overall look.

Share your favorite veil style and length in the comments section below or tag us on social media (@Harsanikcom). We'd love to hear from you!

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