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How To Choose The Right Wedding Veil For You

A quick guide on wedding veils.

How To Choose The Right Wedding Veil For You

Don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing your wedding veil?

Today we’re taking you through the process of how to choose the right wedding veil for you. With countless options available in terms of style and length, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by choice. Luckily for you, we’ve got some exclusive tips to help you choose a beautiful wedding veil.

The first piece of advice we want to kick off with? Start by prioritising what’s most important to you.

There is no “one size fits all” solution. It’s not as simple as seeing a veil and choosing that one. You’ll want to choose a wedding veil that suits your gown, matches your hairstyle and works with your style.

How To Choose A Wedding Veil

We’re going to take you through a few pointers to help you choose the right wedding veil for you.

1. Decide on your wedding hairstyle first

Choosing your wedding hairstyle is really important for determining how your veil is to be secured. Here are some examples:

  • If you’re going to have a lot of volume on top, you need to choose a veil that won’t pull your hairstyle down. You also need to be aware of the amount of detail in your veil. Beaded veils for instance, can be heavy on the hair.
  • If you’re wearing a low bun or loose style, choosing a veil that needs to lay flat on top of the head is a perfect option.
  • Gathered veils are a good option if you’re unsure of your wedding hairstyle because they’re very flexible.

2. Know your wedding dress

One of the most important parts of choosing a wedding veil is making sure it works with your dress. Your gown has such a huge impact on your veil of choice and you need to make sure it complements your dress. Here are some things to think about:

  • What type of fabrics will you be wearing? Consider patterns and the colour of your dress.
  • What length is your gown? In most cases, the shorter your dress, the shorter your wedding veil. For instance, a dress with a full-length train works really well with a dramatic cathedral length veil.
  • What are the focal points of your gown? If you are wearing a dress with detailing on the back, you want to make sure your veil doesn’t hide the details – a sheer choice would work here.

3. Keep cultural or religious traditions in mind

You’ll want to decide whether these factors are important to you when it comes to choosing your wedding veil. If you’re getting married in a religious setting, check whether there are any requirements regarding your veil length and style. If you don’t need to take these traditions into account, feel free to choose a veil of any style!

4. Learn the basics of wedding veils and styles

As a bride-to-be, choosing a veil is completely new to you, so it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. You can make it easier by learning about the different veil types and styles available.

Wedding Veil Choices

The shortest veil option is the Birdcage, perfect for quirky brides. It usually covers the front of the head and eyes with sheer netting.

Other short to medium length wedding veil options include:

  • The shoulder length veil
  • The blusher length veil
  • The elbow length veil
  • The fingertip veil

Medium to long wedding veil options include:

  • The knee length veil
  • Waltz length
  • Floor length
  • Chapel length
  • Cathedral length

Wedding Veil Styles

Popular bridal veil styles include:

  • The romantic Juliet cap veil
  • The halo veil and bridal gown bohemian pairing
  • The classic lace-edged veil almost worn as a shawl

5. Do you want the veil to cover your face?

A wedding blusher or a drop down veil usually covers the bride’s face. It is removed either by the person walking her down the aisle or by her partner. This can be worn as a stand-alone veil or as a shorter, second-tier addition to a long veil.

6. Will you be wearing a headpiece or other accessory?

Some wedding veil styles look beautiful with a hair accessory. These can also add glamour to a simple, understated look.

7. Get your hair styled when you choose your veil

This is our best tip of all. If you know how your hair is going to be styled on your wedding day, book an appointment for a trial run on the same day you’re going to look at veils. This will make sure you pick the perfect wedding veil for you!


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By Holly Sutton

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