Tips for Picking Out a Flattering Wedding Veil

Tips for Picking Out a Flattering Wedding Veil

Every bride wants to look her very best on her wedding day. This extends from big things, like her dress and her hair, to small things, like jewelry and makeup. In reality, it is how every little detail works together that will make you the beautiful bride you’ve always wanted to be.

One detail that always helps to make a bride look even more special is her veil. Today there are all sorts of options for wedding veils, from the chic and modern to the classic and timeless. Even if you weren’t considering wearing a veil on your wedding day, think again. It can add an extra element of allure and luxury that only a veil can provide.

But where do you begin? What veil is right for you? Here are a few examples of the different types of veils that are out there. Take some time to consider which one would fit best with the rest of your wedding day ensemble.


A blusher veil is comprised of a single see-through layer of material. It can be made out of either tulle or netting and worn in a few different ways. You can wear a blusher in the traditional style, where it rests over your face while you process up the aisle, and then flip it back at the proper moment in the ceremony.

You can also try a vintage-looking veil. These come in different styles, such as a “fascinator” or a “birdcage veil.” Blushers like these can be worn throughout your day for a fun, retro look. You can also combine a blusher veil with a longer veil in the back for a more traditional appearance.

A Russian tulle blusher with scattered crystals is a perfect example of the retro version of this style. It looks like something out of a 1940s detective movie. Crystals are scattered across this veil and allow it to glimmer with old Hollywood glamour. This style is available in either white or ivory and measures 9 inches long.

Short Veil

Short veils just come down to sweep the tops of your shoulders. They can be a simple lightweight single layer, or they can consist of more than one piece of fabric.

A short veil looks perfect at a more laid-back wedding, or at a ceremony that is held outside. You can even wear a longer veil during your ceremony and then switch to a shorter one for the reception. This way it won’t inhibit your dance moves!

Spice up a short veil by combining it with a fun headpiece, such as flowers, sparkling jewels or even feathers. Try to pick something that will complement your wedding dress.

One great example is the short two-tier veil with pearls and rhinestones. It just touches your shoulders and has extra volume, thanks to the additional layer. This veil will look fantastic both blowing in the wind and spinning on the dance floor. The first tier is 19 inches long. The second is 22 inches long. When spread out, this veil stretches 72 inches across. It is available in Ivory or White.

Mid-Length Veil

Mid-length veils can range from ending at your elbow to ones that go down to your fingertips. They very commonly consist of more than one layer.

Veils that end at the elbow will still allow waist accents on your dress to be shown off. Fingertip-length veils will elongate your silhouette and will spice up a gown that is more simple and straightforward.

Try out a few different headpiece options with mid-length veils. They often look great when flipped back to reveal a sparkling tiara.

The bridal elbow-length one-tier veil with pencil edge is U-shaped in the back and is made of tulle material. It attaches to your hair via a wire comb. This is a very sheer style and will look great for portraits taken with the veil over your face. Your features will still shine through.

Cathedral and Chapel Veils

These are the types of veils that cascade down to your feet and flow a few feet behind your dress. They are elegant, regal, and will take the breath away from your wedding guests when you make your grand entrance.

A Chapel veil is slightly shorter than a Cathedral veil, but the effect is pretty much the same. These veils make for gorgeous photos, but you are definitely going to want to change for your reception. Pair it with a shorter veil so you can just remove the longer one and have a more comfortable and carefree look.

The Cathedral veil with finished edge is an incredible version of this timeless style. It measures a dramatic 108 inches long and flows 144 inches across. You will be sure to cause jaws to drop when you walk down the aisle in the masterpiece.

When shopping for a veil, don’t be afraid to try out a few styles that might not normally be your thing. You never know what might look great on you.