There's 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 your wedding dress. For example, if your gown has intricate detailing on the back, then you’d want to show that off rather than obscure it beneath a cathedral-length lace style. Your veil may also impact your hairstyle, so you’ll want to bring it along to your hair trial consultation to get an accurate picture of the final look. To help you choose a veil that fits your fashion style, we’ve gathered some exquisite examples from real-life weddings.
Jordan’s scalloped Mantilla veil added a 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 long 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.
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.
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.
Birdcage With Hair Accents
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.
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.