It’s usually when you try your veil on at your dress fitting that your mom will start to get tearful, because you start to look like a real bride at this point. I did!
You’ll need to think carefully about your hairstyle if you’re planning on wearing a veil. Take your veil to your hairdresser and try out some different looks with them. Work out how it’s going to fix to your ‘do and ask your chief bridesmaid to come with you so she can see how to take it off for the reception without ruining your style.
If your dress doesn’t suit a traditional veil, you might decide to wear a birdcage design instead. Birdcage veils look particularly good if you’re rocking a retro 50s wedding style – you don’t even need to take it off for the evening event if you don’t want to.
The next length of veil is a ‘blush’ veil, which is a single layer of tulle that folds over the face when you’re walking down the aisle and is then moved back when you reach the altar.
If you want a little more coverage then look at an elbow-length veil, which flows gently down your shoulders. It’s a gorgeous length that doesn’t distract from your dress but is still elegant.
A fingertip veil is a versatile choice for brides-to-be as it works with most styles of wedding dress, from a simple column gown through to something more ornate. It’s the most popularly chosen veil.
(This is the most popular length veil)
A chapel length veil flows down the length of your wedding dress and it’s one to think about if you’re having a more formal wedding in a church.
On the other hand, you might want to go all out on your wedding day and have a cathedral-length veil trailing behind you as you glide down the aisle. This is a dramatic look (these veils are generally 110-120-inches in length) and it usually matches the length of your train of your wedding dress. If you’re having a very formal evening wedding then this might suit you, but remember the veil is going to obscure the back of your wedding dress to a certain extent.
Remember that accessories are just that. They are meant to accent your bridal gown, not overpower it. Try on several styles & decide which best complements your entire ensemble.
For more detailed information on selecting the perfect veil, as well as charts & guides, please visit our veil FAQ page @