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 guide below to find the perfect veil, from a delicate headpiece to a show-stopping cathedral train.
Birdcage: A style that’s perfect for the bride looking for vintage appeal. 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. (This bride is wearing Patience by Maggie Sottero; opt for a black veil for a chic Sottero and Midgley look.)
Blusher: This is 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.
Flyaway: The flyaway also just brushes the shoulders, but with multiple layers of tulle to add volume and movement. This style is ideal for brides with oval or oblong face shapes.
Elbow: Elbow-length veils are romantic and traditional but don’t give you the hassle of carrying a full-length veil. This style looks exquisite with a strapless sweetheart gown or simple satin wedding dress. Consider adding face-framing layers of tulle if you have a square or round face.
Fingertip: The most popular veil length, the fingertip-length veil flatters most brides and dresses, even those dresses 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.) Pair this veil with a fit-and-flare gown, 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 regal drama with a cathedral-length veil. This style is best suited for formal weddings, as an outdoor setting may ruin its delicate fabric. (And plan on your best friend minding the train as part of her maid of honor duties!)
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 veils for vintage wedding dresses for more inspiration, or send us pictures of your own veiled intentions!