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  • 4 Tips for Choosing A Wedding Veil

With all the style, length, and embellishment options available, choosing a wedding veil can be overwhelming. Here are 4 things you should consider that will help you choose the perfect bridal veil to complement your wedding day look.

1. Your Wedding Dress

Your wedding veil should complement your dress, not compete with it.


If you're wearing an elaborately embellished gown, go with a plain and simple veil that won’t take away from the pretty details of the dress.

But if your gown is plain and simple, go with a more elaborate wedding veil with lace, pearls, or even rhinestones or crystals to add some bling.

Look for focal points on your dress such as a defined waistline or a back detail you’d like to show off, and choose a veil length that will end just above it or choose a longer sheer style that will allow the details to show through.


Different fabrics like tulle, lace, and chiffon come in many shades that are almost the same, but not quite. Try to choose  a color that matches the shade of your dress. If you can’t match it exactly, go with a shade lighter, but avoid anything darker. 

2. The Formality of the Wedding 

Your bridal veil should be consistent with how formal or informal your wedding will be.

A long elegant cathedral length veil is the most dramatic, formal style wedding veil that will add a regal touch to your walk down the aisle. They work best with full length classic wedding gowns.

Mid-length veils such as elbow and fingertip length are timeless and classic options that work beautifully with a range of different wedding dresses. They’re also a versatile choice for a range of different venues – from the church to a beach or garden wedding. They can be worn right through the reception and won't get in the way as you dance the night away.

Short and sophisticated birdcage veils are perfect for brides looking for a more informal retro chic style. Usually made of netting that partially or fully covers your face, they are a lovely option for small intimate weddings or elopements.

3. Your Hairstyle 

When choosing your veil, it’s important to consider your wedding day hairstyle.

Your hairstyle will affect where your veil sits on your head and wear the bottom of the veil will fall. If you’re wearing your hair in a bun, whether you place the veil above or below it will make the veil seem longer or shorter.

The longer or heavier your veil, the more supportive your hairstyle will need to be.

To make sure your wedding veil complements your hairstyle, bring it along to your hair trial appointment.

4. Decide how long you want to wear it.

Most brides choose to wear a veil just for the ceremony and remove it for the reception. Keep in mind, the photographer will be taking lots of photos, so you may want to leave it on at least until after your cake cutting or first dance.

If you're planning on wearing it right through the reception, make sure it's manageable and won't get in the way with all the hugging and dancing you'll be doing. If you want to keep your veil on for the reception and you've chosen a cathedral length bridal veil, you can layer it with a shorter length veil for the ceremony and remove just the longer veil for the reception.

if you decide to remove the veil for the reception, it's a good idea to replace it with a tiara, comb, or headband. And be sure you can remove it easily without ruining your hairstyle.

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Take a look at our beautiful bridal veil options. 

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