47 Wedding Hairstyles That Look Perfect With a Veil

Veil Hairstyles

​Addison Jones 

A veil serves as the classic finishing touch to your bridal hairstyle, second to donning your gorgeous gown. But one important question comes into play before you walk down the aisle: What the heck am I going to do with my hair? Brides need not worry, as nearly every wedding hairstyle can be worn with a veil, but placement is key.

If you're rocking a low bun for the big day, secure your veil underneath the updo for a more unexpected take. Or, if you want your waves flowing in the wind, a cathedral-length veil placed over the head can be very romantic (also very traditional). Simply put, there are no rules. Whether you're contemplating an updo with your veil or looking to show off your long tresses, we have all the inspiration you need.

Scroll on for our favorite swoon-worthy stylings.

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Curls Galore

Bride walking down aisle

MONICA LEGGIO 

This bride let her romantic curls take center stage by cinching her veil a few inches below her crown. We love the fresh blooms added just off to the side.

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All the Romance

Bridal portrait

KELLY ANNE BERRY  

We can't decide what we love more: This bride's trendy blunt cut or her sweeping veil. The look is feminine and romantic to a T.

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A Curly Crop

Ceremony

ASHLEY SEARS

Fashion designer Carly Cushnie added a veil to the back of her head, allowing her curls to take focus. The voluminous veil balances out the height of Cushnie's 'do.

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Fringe Benefits

Bridal portrait

Kristen Kilpatrick Photography 

Actress Carlson Young rocked a soft fishtail braid underneath her veil. Her full fringe adds a decidedly French-girl twist to the ensemble.

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Pixie Length

Bridal portrait

HANNAH COSTELLO 

Short hair, don't care. A veil can still be worn perfectly with pixie cuts.

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Loosen Up

Bridal portrait

Jamie English

Don't be afraid to pump up the volume. As opposed to a slicked-back ponytail, opt for loose, romantic strands.

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Classics Never Fail

Newlyweds

Michelle Pullman 

A center part and low chignon make for a classic combo, with a veil sweetly tucked in just above the knot.

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Floral Plaits

Newlyweds

Sara Lobla

Undoubtedly romantic, this bride added a gorgeous flower crown to accentuate her dutch braid.

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Go for Gold

Bridal portrait

Tec Petaja 

A glossy low bun is stunningly sophisticated, and the lovely pop of gold detail along this bride's veil is a great touch.

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Defining Moment

Bride looking out window

SALLY PINERA 

Honey & Silk's Stephanie Liu opted for a veil underneath her loose bun. Ringlets around the face add definition to the updo.

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New Heights

Ring exchange

Christa Donald 

This bride tucked her bangs back and let her hair fall around her shoulders for a retro-glam look. The veil was pinned high above the crown to add height to the 'do.

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Birdcage Beauty

Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis First Kiss

Aria Isadora & Zach Hilty for BFA Weddings 

For her wedding, Hannah Bronfman rocked a sleek bun with a vintage birdcage veil.

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Placement Is Key

Bridal portrait

Joey Willis; DRESS, VEIL, & ACCESSORIES by Grace Loves Lace; Hair by Byron Beauty Bar

You can still rock a veil with a laid-back hairstyle. It's all about the placement.

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Retro Radiance

Bride

Sara Lobla

Long, straight locks and a bejeweled headband give this veiled look a retro spin. Keep your strands extra glossy for a radiant and ethereal look.

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A Chic Bob

Bridal veil

Bonnie Sen; Event Planning by Kruse & Vieira Events; Hair by Caitlyn Meyer 

A wavy bob and sweeping veil prove to be a stylish combination.

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A Royal Drape

Bridal portrait

Ross Harvey; Event Planning by The Lake Como Wedding Planner; Hair by Jennifer Bradburn

Draping a veil over a high bun gives off a regal look. This beauty looks positively royal at her elegant Lake Como, Italy, nuptials.

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Minimalist Moves

Newlywed portrait

Bokeh Photography

Voluminous waves and a veil cinched at the back of the head are perfect for minimalist brides.

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Pony Up

Vow exchange

Robin Harper; Event Planning by Tara Cathcart of TMC PR; Hair by Matilde Campos 

Don't discount the ever-humble ponytail. This bride proves that a low pony absolutely stuns with a veil.

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Double Dose

Bridal portrait

David Salim; Event Planning by Design Anarchy by Chic Weddings  

Two hair accessories are better than one. In addition to her veil, this bride enhanced her updo with a jeweled headpiece.

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A Blooming Chignon

Vow exchange

Tony Wodarck; Event Planning by Courtney Tibbets of After The Engagement; Hair by Jen Plus Colour & Say I Do Updos

This bride added a bit of flair to her traditional chignon by cinching a few blossoms just below the veil.

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A Lush Look

Bridal portrait

Jillian Mitchell; Event Planning by Daniela Navaro; Hair by Karla Flores

These luscious curls were made for a cascading veil. The tiers falling around the bride's face and shoulders bring the focus to her beautiful features.

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Turn Up the Volume

Newlyweds

Olivia Leigh; Hair by Kelly Miller Hair  

Donning a 'do with tons of volume at the crown should not deter you from wearing a veil. This beaming bride is proof that you can have both.

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Lively Braids

Vow exchange

Imogen Xiana; Hair by Victoria Fergusson

Liven up your half-up, half-down style by adding a few loose braids at the sides. This will also create a slight anchor for the veil to nestle into.

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A Modern Take

Bride in car

Biancca Wallace; Event Planning by Courtney Tibbets of After The Engagement; Hair by Courtney Nicole

Although this bride is rocking a modern style, the veil is traditionally placed at the top of her head.

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Keeping With Tradition

Bride walking down the aisle

Biancca Wallace; Event Planning by Courtney Tibbets of After The Engagement; Hair by Courtney Nicole 

The same bride continued to keep with tradition by draping the veil over her face as she entered the ceremony and walked down the aisle.

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Veiled Plaits

Newlyweds

O'Malley Photographers; Event Planning by Valley and Co.; Hair by Misbehaven Spa & Salon 

This bride wore her hair in a loosely plaited braid down her back and tucked the veil at the base, just at the nape of the neck.

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Higher and Higher

Bridal portrait

Phillip Van Nostrand 

A high bun and dramatic veil are a match made in heaven. Also, can we just talk about how perfect those "something blue" shoes are?

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A Gilded Touch

Bridal portrait

Lelia Scarfiotti

This ethereal bride paired a gilded, Grecian-inspired headpiece with her veil for a look that was just as dreamy as her Tuscan nuptials.

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A Bridal Bun

Bridal portrait

HOLLY CLARK; Event Planning by The Lake Como Wedding Planner; Hair by Jennifer Bradburn from Face to Face Agency; Veil by Mira Zwillinger 

This bride elegantly draped her jaw-dropping veil over a mid-height bun. We're absolutely obsessed with the results.

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Add Texture

Newlyweds

Rebecca Yale; Hair by Trine Juel; Veil by Girl and a Serious Dream 

This bride's raked-back natural curls provide both texture and structure to hold up the weight of the veil. The romantic results fit the French château venue.

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A Beachy Bob

Bridal portrait

Ryan Ray; Event Planning by Amorology; Hair by The Salon & Spa at Vision of Tomorrow; Veil by Bridal Reflections

 

She had us at birdcage veil. What can we say? We love a shorter length and birdcage combo.

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A Twisted Take

Ring exchange

A HEART STRING WEDDING CO.

Add a bit of flair to your beach waves by parting the hair in the middle, and creating two fun twists at the sides.

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Bohemian Goddess

Bridal portrait

Juan Trijillo; Event Planning by Organización de Una Boda; Hair by Oui Novias; Veil by Beba’s Closet; Headpiece by Suma Cruz

Planning on pairing your dress with a flower crown or headpiece? Try attaching the veil to the back of the piece and letting it fall from those points, creating a goddess-like effect.

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All About the Face

Bride walking down the aisle

Hannah Pickle; Event Planning by Grand Events NOLA; Hair by Glam NOLA 

If you're looking to achieve a half-up, half-down style, add two or three strands of hair to frame the face.

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A Sleek 'Do

Newlyweds

TimWill Photography; Event Planning by Fox Events; Hair by Patrick Navarro of Elysium Salon

A slick, low bun is both totally chic and modern. This bride's minimalist hair and veil combo made for a stunning juxtaposition to her floral-printed lace dress.

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Au Naturel

Bridal portrait

Rach Loves Troy; Event Planning by Tara Skinner Weddings & Events; Hair by Salon Aqua; Floral Design by Harvey Designs

Beach waves are a classic. It's no wonder we love them so much.

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Drop It Low

Bridal portrait

Lilly Red Creative; Event Planning by Opihi Love; Hair by Reveal Hair and Makeup Hawaii

There's no hard and fast rule that a veil has to be placed above a hairstyle. This particular bride attached hers underneath her chignon for a sweet touch.

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A Rosey Outlook

Newlyweds

Mike Larson; Event Planning by Bash Please; Hair by Katie Nash Beauty 

This bride accented her veil and beautifully tousled waves with dusty-hued roses befitting her autumnal vineyard wedding in Napa.

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Vintage Vibes

Bridal portrait

Whitney Darling; Event Planning by RO & Co. Events; Hair by Dry Bar Del Mar; Veil by Untamed Petals; Floral Design by Bloom Babes 

This vintage-inspired, cathedral-length headpiece adds a retro flair to this exuberant bride's soft waves.

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A Relaxed 'Do

Bride and dad

Jennings King; Event Planning by Fox Events; Hair by Charlotte Belk; Veil by Lee Petra Grebenau from Spina Bride; Floral Design by Poppy Custom Floral 

For laid-back brides, a relaxed updo with loose strands can still work perfectly well with a veil.

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Add Volume

Vow exchange

El Marco Rojo; Event Planning by Tres Eventos; Hair by Michelle Navar

This bride wore her veil at the very top of the crown to add volume to her beachy tendrils.

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A Braided Bun

Bride getting ready

Christina McNeill; Event Planning by Ruby & Rose; Hair by Dreamcatcher Artistry

This bride's interwoven topknot has a veil cascading out from beneath it. The rogue tendrils framing her features add a sweetness to the overall look.

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A Darling Drape

Bridal portrait

Lucy Cuneo; Event Planning by Easton Events; Hair by Charlotte Belk; Floral Design by Sara York Grimshaw 

A simple updo is instantly brought to life with a veil washing over it in a waterfall-like effect.

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A Touch of Romance

Newlyweds

Rebecca Yale; Event Panning by Callista & Company; Hair by Rob Harmon

Brushed-out waves are given a romantic touch with the gentle placement of this sweet veil.

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A Dramatic Blowout

Father giving away bride

Roey Yohai; Event Planning by JZ Events; Hair by Hair by Halli 

Add drama to a smooth and bouncy blowout by attaching an ample-sized, sweeping veil.

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Glossy Glamour

Bridal portrait

Lisa Poggi; Event Planning by Exclusive Italy Weddings; Hair by Scotty Cunha; Floral Design by La Rosa Canina

This bride's glossy, dark locks make for a stunning contrast to the creamy, white veil billowing out behind her.

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A Victorian Veil

Bridal portrait

Joey Willis; Event Planning by Little Lane Events; Hair by Lindsey Neavitt, Floral Design by Holly Hipwell 

Stone Cold Fox designer Cydney Morris draped this enchanting, vintage Victorian silk lace veil over straightened hair with the ends coyly curled inwards.

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