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Choosing the Right Wedding Veil for Your Dress

A major moment in creating your overall bride look is deciding what veil to wear. Many brides feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options that wedding veils come in. Wedding veil styles range from a face-framing 4" to a floor-skimming 120". The bride's appearance when walking down the aisle should be highlighted by a veil. The beading of the gown can should be complemented on the veil. But the decision isn't as simple as choosing a long or short version. Different types of veils and lengths can totally transform your wedding style. While a blusher may convey a retro-chic vibe, a cathedral-length veil feels traditional and oh-so dramatic.

We have compiled this guide of wedding veil styles to help you in finding the perfect veil for the perfect look.

Wedding Veil Styles by Length

Bird Cage Wedding Veil: 4"-9"

This short and flirty wedding veil can cover your eyes, skim over your nose, or jawline. Also known as a bandeau veil, bird cage veils are typically made of net or lace.

Shoulder-Length Wedding Veil: 20-22"

This wedding veil style hits at your shoulders. These are a great option for brides who want a traditional-looking veil that doesn't compete with the details of their gown.

Blusher Wedding Veil: 30"

This style, also known as an angle veil or wedge veil offers a less traditional look with vintage appeal. A blusher is a short veil that falls over the face and ends near the top of the dress. The veil is pulled back to reveal the bride during the ceremony. This makes for an exciting and special moment- the first time the groom sees his bride's face.

Elbow Wedding Veil: 32"

For a more conservative look, an elbow-length veil is an elegant way to cover up without wearing bulky bolero or shrug. An elbow veil falls gracefully over the shoulders to the bride's elbows.

Fingertip Wedding Veil: 38-40"

This is a popular choice because it allows for any design on the back of the bride's gown to be seen through the sheer fabric.

Knee-length Veil: 48"

A knee-length wedding veil offers drama and elegance without weighing you down. the veil can be adjusted to fall a little longer or a little shorter depending on your height.

Waltz Wedding Veil: 60"

A waltz veil falls to the mid-calf and is a great option for those who want to wear a longer veil for the reception, but still want the freedom to move throughout the evening.

Floor-length Wedding Veil: 72"

This type of veil matches the length of the bride's gown and just grazes the floor. The flowing fabric adds extra volume for a bride who was torn between a ball gown and a more streamlined silhouette.

Chapel Wedding Veil: 90"

A chapel-length veil sweeps across the floor extending slightly behind the bride's gown which can create the illusion of a train. This may be ideal for those who choose to forgo a train.

Cathedral Wedding Veil: 108-120"

A cathedral wedding veil extends past the train of a bride's gown and is the most dramatic down-the-aisle length.

3 Things To Remember When Choosing A Wedding Veil

  1. Pinpoint your budget: Have a price in mind before searching. The cost of a wedding veil can cost more than expected. Some veils may even cost more than the actual dress. A simple veil can have prices around $250-$300 while more ornate veils can reach upwards of $3,000 or more.

  2. Consider Your Hairstyle: Keep in mind that certain hairstyles will require various placements of the veil which could cause you to have a different look than intended. *Bridal Tip: Be sure to let your bridal stylist know if you planning to add hair accessories. She may be able to help you find the perfect veil.

  3. Try On Multiple Veils With Your Dress: You want a veil that balances the look of your gown without overshadowing it. Your wedding veil will help shape your style on the big day. Don't be afraid to try something you normally wouldn't go for. Depending on the look you want to achieve having everything match may not be the best option.

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