Few things are as classic and timeless as a bride in a veil. Not only is it the finishing touch to the most important dress you'll ever wear, but the right veil also can be one of the most defining aspects of your bridal look. Once you've decided to wear a veil, you'll need to consider your dress, face shape, hairstyle and wedding location to nail the perfect pick.  

Birdcage Veil: If you swoon for all things retro, the birdcage veil is the perfect accessory for you. Paired with a bold lip and vintage-inspired accessories, the birdcage veil will make a lasting impression on your groom and your guests. Remember: There is no standard shape or size to a caged veil, so try on a few with your wedding dress to make sure you find one that you love.

Laughing bride with bird cage veil.

Vintage bride with birdcage veil and illusion neckline wedding dress

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Florentes Birdcage Veil with Flowers 9", $96; etsy.com 

F-sport Elegant Ivory Short Tulle Birdcage, $13; amazon.com

ASOS Design Statement Floral And Intricate Veil Headband, $19; asos.com

Blusher Veil: Do you love the drama and suspense of waiting for your groom to lift your veil? The blusher veil is for you! Not only does this style add volume to an elegant updo, but the blusher veil also is somehow both classic and modern all at once. See more lovely blusher veil inspiration here.

Bride with blusher veil and sweetheart neckline

Bride with blusher veil and sweetheart neckline wedding dress
Bride with blusher veil and minimal makeup

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David's Bridal Blusher with Pearl Comb, $15 (orig. $30); davidsbridal.com

Allure Wedding Jewelry Blusher Veil, $27; etsy.com

Cori Lynn Co Simple Bridal Tulle Blusher Veil, $110; etsy.com

Juliet Cap: Into the bohemian bridal vibe? Try a Juliet cap veil. One of the more historically classic options, this type of veil looks great with your hair down and will have you feeling like something out of a — you guessed it— Shakespeare novel.


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Veiled Beauty Juliet Cap Veil, $195; etsy.com

Camilla Christine Juliet Wedding Veil Bridal Cap, $620; etsy.com

Shoulder-Length Veil: This veil is fun and playful — and ideal if you're committed to having a traditional-looking veil but don't want it getting in the way of your sweet dance moves. It's a flirty option that won't cover up or take away from your gown.



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David's Bridal Short Veil with Lace Fabric Flowers, $25 (orig. $100); davidsbridal.com

Coco Bridal Boutique Bridal Veil with Folded 3/8" Satin Ribbon, $45; etsy.com

Elbow-Length Veil: Looking to cover your shoulders or frame your face? The elbow-length veil is the best choice. It's also great for enhancing details around your waist or complementing a hairstyle. Paired with a minimalist dress and your killer smile, your groom won't be able to take his eyes off of you.



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Brides & Hairpins 'Sophie' Embellished Tulle Veil, $350; nordstrom.com

Paris by Debra Moreland Tisha Blusher, $180;bhldn.com

David's Bridal Two Tier Sparkling Rhinestone Edged Mid Veil, $150; davidsbridal.com

Fingertip Veil: This is the perfect length for a bride who wants a longer veil that isn't too cumbersome. Feel free to wear this airy accessory with any hairstyle from loose waves to a sleek chignon.

Bride with fingertip veil and trumpet gown

Bride wearing a fingertip veil and dancing with groom
Young bride with fingertip veil and white bouquet

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Wedding Belles New York Mable Veil, $135; nordstrom.com

Paris byb Debra Moreland Scalloped Fingertip Veil, $325; bhldn.com

White by Vera Wang Fingertip Veil with Lace Appliques, $150; davidsbridal.com

Waltz Veil: Also known as ballet veils, waltz-length veils fall somewhere in between your fingertips and the floor — and are perfect for capturing those dramatic windswept photos you've been eyeing on Pinterest. Bonus: They can be easily worn with any hairstyle.

Bride with waltz length veil in the wind standing with groom

Bride with lace trimmed waltz veil in front of fountain
Bride with waltz length veil standing in front of mountains

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One Blushing Veil Waltz Length Veil, $60; etsy.com

Oleg Cassini Embellished Lace Walking Veil, $200; davidsbridal.com

Vs Filipchenko 2 Layer Veil, $35; etsy.com</p>

Chapel Veil: A chapel-length veil is typically a little longer than floor length, adding drama and elegance to your walk down the aisle. Keep in mind that a long tulle veil wrinkles easily, so be sure to have it steamed before your wedding day to ensure a smooth, finished look.

Bride wearing a chapel veil standing on the steps

Bride with chapel veil kisses groom at the end of ceremony

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Toni Federici Classico Chapel Length Veil, $330; nordstrom.com

Sisjuly Women's 1T Floral Appliques Lace Chapel Long Wedding Veil with Comb, $26; amazon.com

Tadashi Shoji Mona Chapel Veil, $88; davidsbridal.com

Cathedral Veil: Worn at more formal weddings, the cathedral veil is the longest and usually most detailed. Its more traditional history doesn't mean that you can't wear it with a floral crown or a modern dress, as shown below. But bear in mind, the longer the veil, the harder it is to move in — so you might want to take it off or switch to a shorter option for the reception.

Bride with floral crown and cathedral veil

Bride with cathedral length veil on a ladder in Italy
Bride with cathedral length veil sits with groom

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Brides & Hairpins Florentina Embroidered Cathedral Veil, $560; nordstrom.com

Paris by Debra Moreland Floating Cathedral Veil, $300; bhldn.com

David's Bridal Crystal-Dipped Cathedral Veil, $400; davidsbridal.com

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