15th February 2019 /   Nik / 

A guide to choosing the right wedding veil

When thinking of what to wear on your big day, so much emphasis is put on the gown that sometimes the veil can be a bit of an afterthought. It is however something which can accentuate your outfit and pull it all together, so it’s important to take your time choosing the right one.

Perhaps you’ve had a little look into it and realised there’s so many different lengths and styles, you don’t know which one would be right for you, your dress and your ceremony. Well, we’ve done the hard work for you and written this helpful guide, so you can choose the perfect veil for you with ease.

Types of veil

There are a number of different types of veil – each with their own unique features. One thing to keep in mind is it’s usually a good idea to choose your gown before choosing your veil, so you can make sure your outfit goes together flawlessly.

Birdcage veil

Birdcage veil

This is one of the shortest styles, it usually just covers the bride’s forehead and is often made from Russian netting and is pinned in place. These veils look particularly great with a vintage bridal look – think 1950s and 1960s style dresses.

Juliet cap veil

Juliet veil

This veil is wrapped around the top of the head, gathered and fans out on the neck. Popularised in the 1920s, this style of veil is said to be named after Juliet Montague herself. Juliet cap veils look wonderful with vintage, rustic themed weddings. If you’re looking for inspiration, search for Kate Moss’ chic and classic look at her 2011 wedding to Jamie Hince.

Mantilla veil

mantilla veil

Popular with Spanish women, this veil is single layered with a lace edging. It is traditionally worn flat on the top of the head and drapes elegantly over the bride’s shoulders. Alternatively, it can be worn at the nape of the neck which allows the bride more freedom with her hairstyle. Some types of mantilla veil are soft and floaty, others are heavy and more shawl-like.

Drop veil

drop veil

One of the simplest styles, this veil is timeless in its elegance. A drop veil is a single oval piece of tulle which is placed over the bride’s head, and is often held in place with a headband or hair pins. These veils look wonderful with traditional wedding dresses and for added sophistication can be worn with a tiara.

Two tier veil

two tier veil

This is another classic style which includes a ‘blusher’ – an extra layer of tulle which can be pulled over the bride’s face and  is traditionally raised at the ceremony for the first kiss. This type of veil is very versatile, as it can be worn in many different places on the head.

Length of veil

Once you’ve decided on the type of veil you like, there are many options to consider when thinking about the length of the veil. One thing to always think about is the back of your dress. If you have a stunning, open back gown or intricate detailing down the spine, don’t hide it away under your veil! Now let’s look at the different lengths available:

  • Elbow length – a simple yet elegant look, this type of veil falls between the shoulders and the elbows.
  • Fingertip length – this type of veil falls around the lower part of the waist, and looks fantastic with updos as you can clip the veil to the underside of the hairstyle.
  • Ballet length – this is a very picturesque look, as the veil falls to the back of the bride’s knees.
  • Floor length – when made to measure, these veils should touch the floor with a small trailing edge, perfect for full length wedding dresses that don’t have trains.
  • Church or chapel length – church or chapel length veils usually fall a couple of inches below your train or hemline. This kind of veil is stunning when paired with an elaborate gown, especially if the wedding is taking place in a large or formal setting.
  • Cathedral length – if you really want to feel like a princess, go for a cathedral length veil. The longest length available, they usually measure between 120 to 145 inches and extends out far beyond the bride’s hem. If you choose this type, you will definitely be needing some very attentive bridesmaids!


Many veils come in traditional tulle, which has a little bit of volume and will give you a very classic look. A slightly less expensive option is English net, which is sumptuous and drapes beautifully but without the hefty price tag. Another popular option is silk chiffon, it’s a slightly more opaque fabric so is not recommended for covering the face – however it makes for a sophisticated long flowy veil.

Hopefully you’re now armed with the knowledge to choose a veil which will look fantastic and flatter your gown! Just remember, if your dress is very elaborate then it’s often best to choose a simple veil. If you want to take your veil off at any part of the day, you’ll need to make sure it’s easy to do so.

For more advice and guidance on picking the perfect veil, book an appointment with us today. We’d be more than happy to help you find the perfect dress and veil to match.

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