Veils are yet another customizable detail of an endlessly customizable wedding. The right veil can give your vintage wedding dress an air of romance, add intrigue and glamour to your simple satin gown, or complete the drama of a tiered fit-and-flare. Browse our perfect bridal veil guide below to find your favorite, from delicate dotted headpieces to show-stopping complements to your cathedral-length train.
Birdcage: Perfect for the bride who loves all things vintage. This mini veil is worn to just cover your eyes or extend a little past your chin. It’s very chic and tends to evoke Hollywood glamour. (Opt for a black veil for a chic Sottero and Midgley look.)
Blusher: A short veil that falls over your face and ends near your shoulders. This option is ideal for the bride looking for a traditional look without the hassle of a long veil. (Also great for customizable headpieces)
Flyaway: The flyaway style also just brushes the shoulders, but features multiple layers of tulle for volume and movement. This length is ideal for brides with oval or oblong face shapes.
Elbow: Elbow-length veils are romantic and traditional, but are still short enough to avoid the irksome-ness of a full-length veil. This style looks exquisite with a strapless sweetheart gown or simple satin wedding dress. Consider adding face-framing tiers of tulle if you have a square or round face.
Fingertip: The most popular veil length, the fingertip-length veil flatters most brides and wedding dresses, even those with statement-making backs. (The sheer fabric of the veil adds a touch of intrigue while still showcasing your open back or illusion lace detailing.) This is a great veil pairing for fit-and-flare gowns, where the volume of the skirt begins between the hip and the knee.
Ballet: Want to wear your veil for the after-party and reception? Choose a ballet-length veil or shorter. This style hits mid-calf, perfect for the bride looking to dance through the night.
Chapel: Create the illusion of a train with a chapel-length veil that extends just beyond your gown’s hemline. This style also adds drama to slim silhouettes, such as subtle fit-and-flares or sheath gowns.
Cathedral: Go for serious regal drama with a cathedral-length veil á la Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. This style is best suited for formal chapel or manor weddings, as an outdoor setting may ruin its delicate fabric. (Oooh, and plan on your best friend minding the train as part of her maid of honor duties!)
Illusion Cape or Detachable Train: If you love the look of a veil but want to forego the headpiece, consider a tulle cape or lace-embellished train that attaches at the waistline. Bonus points for customizability from ceremony to reception…
We’re all about the drama and romance of a veil; this timeless bridal accessory looks great in wedding photos and adds perfect intrigue to your bridal look. Be sure to check out our post on vintage veils for more inspiration, or send us pictures of your own veiled intentions!