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Veil Guidelines & Tips

Guidelines & Tips for Choosing Your Perfect Bridal Veil

What length is best for me?

The number one consideration for most brides shopping for veils is length.

BIRDCAGE: This is just a little bit of veil, and it's sophisticated in the way only something vintage can be. Any bride who has her heart set on wearing a 50s reproduction gown should consider this retro style that just barely covers the face. Wide netting means that seeing is not a problem, and birdcage veils look adorable flipped back.

SHOULDER LENGTH: What you see is what you get with a simple shoulder length bridal veil. These veils can hit just above or just below the shoulder and are surprisingly, well, cute. We like this length paired with fun and unfussy gowns (and brides!) because it's definitely a flirty alternative to the longer, more traditional veils.

ELBOW LENGTH (30” long): These veils are generally paired with gowns without a train and will enhance any detailing at or around the waist of the gown. You're wearing a beautiful bridal belt or oversize bow? This veil will show it off! Elbow length veils also pair well with gowns with full skirts.

FINGERTIP LENGTH (36” long): The fingertip can be worn with any full length gown but isn't usually worn with gowns with a train. Think of this as the next option up in formality, just past elbow length. 

CATHEDRAL LENGTH (floor length): Cathedral veils are usually worn only for formal weddings, but rules were made to be broken. This type of veil looks best when worn with a cathedral or semi-cathedral length gown and is definitely a great choice for brides who want a dramatic wedding day look.

Things to keep in mind when choosing a veil:

  • Always consider the detailing of your dress. This is another one of those situations where you don't want one accessory stealing the show! Your veil length (unless you're wearing a birdcage veil) should be cut just above or below any focal point on your dress. For example, a shoulder length veil can be used to highlight a stunning embellished bodice. 
  • A cathedral length veil should only be worn with a chapel or cathedral length gown. Most rules are made to be broken, but not this one. And keep in mind that the longest veils can be difficult to move in. Yes, they look great going down the aisle, but try turning around in one.
  • Remember that your hairstyle and hair accessories will affect the length of your veil – e.g., a veil worn high on the head with a tiara will appear shorter than a veil worn in a low updo.  
  • Height matters! If you are shorter than 5'4", select an elbow-length veil.  If you are taller than 5'7", a fingertip-length veil will work well with your frame.  If you are in between these heights, you could go with either length depending on your personal taste and your gown.

Single layer or two layers?

This is entirely up to you… but we can offer some guidelines that may make picking the perfect veil easier. 

One layer veils are lovely with any dress and often have a more relaxed feel. That could be because they don't have a blusher* – a shoulder length second layer of veil worn over the face for part of the ceremony by some brides. Single layer veils are the choice of brides who want a minimal, less formal, but still chic look. And of brides who are planning to wear their veils in back to accentuate an updo.

Two-layer veils, on the other hand, go beautifully with almost all dresses, but look especially stunning with a semi-formal or formal gown. Two-tier veils have a blusher, are fuller, and will frame your face beautifully whether the blusher is down or pushed back. Two layer veils are the choice of brides who want a traditional, romantic, or dramatic look.

What color should I choose?

You may never find an exact match for your gown because white will mean something different to every wedding dress designer, but you can get close enough that only careful scrutiny will reveal the difference. HINT: If there is any color variation between your dress and your veil, always choose a veil that is a shade lighter than your gown.