The 9 Types of Veils Every Bride Should Know About

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.


Shop below for some of our favorite wedding veil styles, including several for under $100!


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1 of 10 Image Credits: Etsy

AllureWeddingJewelry Blusher Veil


This blusher veil is extremely popular on Etsy, with over 46,100 sales and a perfect five-star rating. The budget-friendly piece will match any bridal outfit, with the raw-cut edge blending right into your dress.

30" length and 54" width
hand-sewn onto a metal-tooth comb

2 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Wedding Belles New York 'Mable' Veil


Featuring satin trim, this delicate wedding veil is both timeless and unique.

36" length
Lightly steam

3 of 10 Image Credits: David's Bridal

White by Vera Wang Fingertip Veil with Lace Appliques


Shop this David's Bridal-exclusive veil while it's marked down from $150 to just under $53.

36" length
Hang and steam

4 of 10 Image Credits: David's Bridal

Oleg Cassini Embellished Lace Walking Veil


Another David's Bridal exclusive, this waltz (or walking) veil has beautiful scalloped edges to complement your bridal attire.

60" length
Hang and steam

5 of 10 Image Credits: Azazie

Azazie Princess Veil


This high-low princess veil gives brides a lot of stylistic options for a cathedral length, and the corded lace along the edges gives off a vintage wedding day vibe.

Length: Cathedral
Fabric: Tulle and Lace

6 of 10 Image Credits: Azazie

Enza Veil


Simple and modern, this ivory chapel veil satisfies your minimalist wants without being dull.

Length: Chapel
Fabric: Tulle and Matte Satin

7 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Toni Federici Cindy Raw Edge Cascading Fingertip Veil


This minimalist fingertip wedding veil in light ivory will complement any dress, with raw edges and a cascading silhouette adding simple decorative touches.

100% nylon

8 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Brides & Hairpins 'Christina' Tulle Veil


The simplicity of this cathedral wedding veil is what makes it so elegant. The long tulle bridal accessory will float around you whimsically as you walk down the aisle.

106" length
100% nylon
Silvertone-plate hair comb

9 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Toni Federici Dixie Birdcage Veil


Right now, you can shop this vintage-inspired birdcage veil for 40 percent off at Nordstrom. The unique look will make your wedding day ensemble truly stand out.

100% nylon

10 of 10 Image Credits: David's Bridal

David's Bridal Vintage Hat with Attached Flowers and Blusher


Measures 9" long by 13" wide; Features attached fabric flowers and tulle blusher; Available in white or ivory

This blusher veil will help you channel old-fashioned Hollywood, with its elegant tilt and oversized flower adornment. You can shop the piece in either white or ivory.