Veils used to symbolize the purity of the bride in weddings but these days, they are more of a fashion statement than anything else. Whether you wear a veil or not is entirely a personal choice but if you decide to do so, you have to make sure that you are wearing the right one!
The number one factor to consider in choosing the right veil is the length. There are ten types of known lengths, and each creates a unique look for the bride.
The blusher is a short veil that is typically 30” in length. It covers mostly the face and tends to be longer on the back. It exudes a vintage appeal. We also find this veil to be very versatile as you can wear it with both low-key dresses and more extravagant ones. Also, if you are going for the Old Hollywood look, this is the veil to go for.
The birdcage is shorter than the blusher and usually covers only half the face or sometimes, just the top of the forehead. It is usually longer on the front and is made of netting. Just like the blusher veil, it is versatile and goes well with the vintage look.
Just as the name suggests, the shoulder veil falls just to your shoulders, either a bit above it or below it. It has a 1950’s vibe and could stand out because of its length so be careful with the dress you choose to wear with it. If your dress is on the frilly side, the shoulder veil can make you appear wider or too poofy. You can still opt for it though but make sure to choose a soft material, like tulle, which falls nicely. It goes best with streamlined dresses, strapless dresses, halter dresses, and with the right cap-sleeve dresses.
You’ll find that the flyaway veil is about the same length as the shoulder veil. However, it differs in style – it is the shoulder veil’s wilder twin sister. Often made of tulle, it is layered and is more voluminous. It has a way of adding flair to more modest, unembellished, and short dresses.
Soft, feminine, and traditional are the words that come to mind when a bride wears an elbow veil. This veil falls to, that’s right, the elbows or the bride’s waistline. Now, this is the safest veil of the lot, and you can wear it with any long dress regardless of style.
Now we are edging into very glam territory with the fingertip veil. Most fingertip veils are shorter in the front and fall to fingertips at the back. It’s very airy and flowy and looks oh-so-lovely with dainty lace details. Because it is a longer veil, it is best worn with longer dresses.
Now the Juliet cap is not too much about the length but more about the way they are wrapped around the head. These veils gained popularity in the 1920’s and 30’s and look romantic with dresses inspired by the same era.
The mantilla veil also comes in different lengths but what sets it apart is its lace lining which is round and soft in the edges. It looks quite conservative and frames the face in such a lovely way.
Ballet veils fall below your derriere and end above the knee. Just like most fingertip veils, they tend to be longer at the back. Ballet veils are typically made of tulle, layered, and have a tutu-like feel.
Pretty much same as the ballet veil but waltz veils fall to the calves. Very elegant and this is the veil you should go for when you want a body-length veil but are too scared to commit or do not want any help with walking down stairs.
Chapel veils are dreamy, romantic, and make quite a statement. They graze the floor or sometimes extend a few more inches beyond but don’t trail too far. They photograph beautifully and look gorgeous from behind.
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Can we say royalty? Elegant beyond words, a cathedral veil is longer than the dress itself and trails behind the bride in a beautiful fan. It completes a dramatic look and seriously, you cannot go more Big White Wedding than this.
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Do you plan to wear a veil on your wedding day? Did you? What influenced the style you picked? We would love to know in the comments!