The 9 Types of Veils Every Bride Should Know About
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In case you’re confused by all the different wedding veil styles available, we’ve defined nine different types of veils you can choose from to adorn your wedding day look.
Few fashion statements are as beautifully timeless as a bride wearing a veil. While some modern brides seek an alternative bridal headpiece, the veil remains the gold standard as the finishing touch to the most important dress you’ll likely ever wear. The right veil is a defining aspect of your bridal ensemble. Once you’ve decided to wear a veil, you’ll need to consider your dress, face shape and hairstyle to make the perfect selection. (Don’t forget your bridesmaids and flower girls: They won’t be donning veils, but their headpieces should harmonize with yours.)
Here, we describe nine different types of veils, from the abbreviated birdcage veil and other short veils to the floor-length chapel veil and extra long cathedral wedding veil, and give you an array of choices from David's Bridal, Azazie, Nordstrom, and Etsy. Of course, after choosing the length and cut of your veil, you’ll also need to decide on the right pattern and fabric. Whether you’re looking for a lace wedding veil or one made of bouncy tulle, we’ve got you covered there, too.
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.
Blusher Veil: Do you love the drama and suspense of waiting for your groom to lift your veil? The blusher veil is for you! Technically, a blusher veil is any wedding veil that covers your face, but a lot of brides also use it to mean a shorter length up to your shoulders. 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.
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 someone out of a — you guessed it— Shakespeare novel.
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.
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.
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.
Waltz Veil: Also known as ballet veils and walking veils, waltz-length veils fall somewhere in between your fingertips and the floor, usually around 54 inches long — and are perfect for capturing those dramatic windswept photos you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. Bonus: They can be easily worn with any hairstyle.
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.
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, 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.
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