There is something so magical about putting on a veil. For many brides, this is the moment when it finally clicks that the wedding is really happening and they’re not just playing dress-up in a gorgeous gown. In addition to its emotional symbolism, this iconic bridal accessory plays a crucial role in defining your overall style. Choose from different fabrics, lengths, and embellishments to create a look that speaks to your personality!
Birdcage and shoulder-length veils are unique and fashion-forward, perfect for playing up a short wedding dress. Elbow and fingertip styles are popular because they complement almost any type of gown. The ballet or waltz veil hits somewhere between the knee and the ankle, so it’s a good choice for brides who love a longer style but don’t want to worry about tripping over it. A floor or chapel style that falls a couple of inches beyond the gown creates a romantic and elegant look. A cathedral is the longest type of veil, making it the ultimate showstopper for brides who want a dramatic walk down the aisle.
If you choose to wear a veil, it should complement (rather than compete with) your wedding dress. For example, if your gown has intricate detailing on the back, then you’d want to show that off rather that obscure it beneath a cathedral-length lace style. Your veil selection may also impact your hairstyle, so you’ll want to bring it along to your hair trial consultation to get a more accurate picture of the final look.
To help you choose a veil that fits your fashion M.O., we’ve gathered some exquisite examples from real-life weddings below.
It doesn’t get more glam than a sequin-encrusted veil and bedazzled gown! Jess dazzled from head to toe in a Leah Da Gloria bridal ensemble. Family and friends traveled from all over the world to attend her swanky nuptials at the Ivy Ballroom in downtown Sydney.
For a subtler take on sparkle, consider a veil edged with crystals, beads, or pearl accents. This bride’s fingertip-length style complements the delicate bodice of her wedding dress.
Jordan’s scalloped Mantilla veil added stunning contrast to her understated gown. She and her husband Matt got married in a modern fête at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas this past November.
Create the illusion of a longer train with a veil featuring lace embroidery at the very bottom as opposed to framing the face. April and Steve’s swoon-worthy wedding took place at the Villa Verano in Santa Barbara this past March.
Hela was the epitome of classic elegance in an A-line gown with lace appliqués and a coordinating veil. She and her husband Latif said their “I dos” this past November at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.
Amanda’s April wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida was inspired by the seaside surroundings. Fittingly, her elbow-length veil with satin ribbon trim added a beautiful finishing touch without weighing her down.
We’re crushing on Kara’s preppy-cool veil featuring lace appliqués and satin trim – the shorter layer in the front prevents it from overshadowing her gown. She and her husband Cory got hitched in a summertime affair at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara.
Lisa and Nathan’s all-white wedding at the Ani Villas in Anguilla was filled with steal-worthy details. The bride’s multilayered veil added dimension to her minimalistic open-back gown.
With a back view this incredible, we almost don’t even need to see the front! Brittany chose a veil that barely skimmed the ground, keeping the focus on her lovely train instead. She and her husband Michael got married at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Santa Barbara this past November.
Valerie and Darren went for a modern vibe at their July nuptials, which took place at the United Steelworkers Hall in Sudbury, Ontario. We love how her cathedral-length veil emphasizes her dress’ body-hugging silhouette.
Live out your princess fantasies with a regal train and veil! Rachel could pass for a royal with her jaw-dropping bridal ensemble. She and her husband Gabriel chose Casa De Campo in La Romana, the Dominican Republic, as their one-of-a-kind wedding locale.
Traditionally, a blusher veil is worn to cover the bride’s face during the ceremony processional. Kristi used hers to add dramatic volume during her couple’s portraits. She and her husband Justin threw an elegant winter wedding at a private estate.
We adore this bride’s 1920s/1930s-inspired Juliet cap lace and tulle wedding veil. Trendsetter Kate Moss also wore this type of style on her big day, so she’s in good company.
Don’t be afraid to break the rules – just because you’re getting married on the beach doesn’t mean you can’t rock a floor-length veil (just remove it for the reception). Genesis and Lester said their “I dos” in a glamorous affair at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St. Maarten.
For a pretty and low-maintenance take on a wedding veil, look no further than Devin’s elbow-length tulle style. It perfectly fit the casual vibe of her tropical-themed reception at Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs, California.
Who says you need to choose between a veil and a flower crown? Monica’s boho-chic combo is the best of both worlds. She and her husband Ralph tied the knot in a springtime celebration at Le San Michele in Texas Hill Country.
Between her French-netting veil and cascading greenery bouquet, Becky nailed the bohemian goddess vibe. She and her husband Jose got hitched at the Glen Venue in Northern Florida.
Veronica and her husband Shawn said their “I dos” in a rustic-themed bash at the Copake Lake Country Club in Upstate New York. The bride’s short and sassy veil created a distinctive look without competing with her venue’s autumnal landscape and her tiered wedding gown.
How darling does Mildred look in her birdcage veil, feathered hair clip and bold lip? Traditionally, this type of veil extends just below the chin but a new way to wear it is to crop the net so that it falls just below the eyes. She and her husband Yoel eloped at City Hall in New York City.
Chantal and Jason’s pink and black-themed October soirée at the Old Mill Resort and Spa in Toronto was inspired by all things vintage. The bride’s birdcage veil and faux flower hair accents added an edgy element to her look.
Jill and Niraj threw a traditional Indian wedding at Castell de Sant Marsal in Barcelona, Spain. The only thing more breathtaking than the locale was the bride’s ornate ensemble – her veil featured gold paillettes in clusters and on the trim.
Reserved for the most daring of brides, a colorful gown and custom matching veil is guaranteed to “wow” wedding guests. Zara and Ebad’s August nuptials took place at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale, New York.
Kate added a whimsical twist to her otherwise traditional gown thanks to an eye-catching veil with pink petals, designed by Elle & Jae. She got married at the 1909 in Topanga Canyon, California, this past August.