When it comes to bridal shopping, wedding dresses tend to get all the glory and attention. Wedding veils, however, are equally important. Some brides prefer a vintage-inspired birdcage veil; some brides adorn their heads with a bohemian floral crown; and others yet prefer a traditional, chin or should-length veil.
Today though we're talking about sweeping, ultra-long cathedral-style wedding veils that flow down the bride's back, which are becoming more popular in the contemporary bridal scene.
"I am personally loving the trend of moving back toward long, sweeping veils," says Sarah Ntouskas, a Virginia-based wedding planner and CEO of Make it Posh. "I think they are dramatic and romantic, and they literally look great on everyone."
Photographer Joanna Moss says she's seen a rise in cathedral veil popularity, as well. She says she's worked with some amazing sweeping veils in the last year. "I love working with long veils because they add a lot of dimension to photographs," Moss says. "It adds a romantic and soft look to any wedding dress."
If a long veil is what you envision wearing on your special day, you've come to the right place. Below are some gorgeous options to inspire you — all of which you can shop right now.
This stunning number is for the bride who loves a little lace detailing. It's made in one of the most romantic cities in the world — Paris — and that French charm is very apparent. The 90" veil features hand-painted, gold leaf embellishments on top of a light, billowy, nylon tulle. ("Sonnet" lace veil, $625, BHLDN)
This veil, from Etsy seller Your Heirloom Veil, features a wrap-around lace edge that encircles its entire length, which makes for a dramatic but elegant touch that would complement a variety of gown styles. It comes in several long lengths ranging from a 72" sweep ($98) to a massive 144" royal sweep ($150). (Lace veil, starting at $98, Your Heirloom Veil)
This 95" veil combines a classic cathedral silhouette with modern beading and is sure to turn heads. Because of the detailed, consistent beading, we recommend pairing it with a gown that leans towards simple and understated versus highly ornate. (All over beaded cathedral length veil, $350, David's Bridal)
If you're seeking a simple, straightforward veil that still packs a wow factor, this 118" handmade piece from indie bridal designer Ieie Bridal may be your winner. It's made from soft tulle and comes in four color options: white, diamond white, ivory and dark ivory. (Single tier tulle veil with raw edge, $49.95, ieiebridal)