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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Arias

What Style of Veil is Right For You?

Deciding what veil to wear is a major moment in creating your overall wedding day look. With wedding veil styles ranging from a face-framing 4" to a floor-skimming 120", many brides are overwhelmed by the sheer number of options. Need more guidance? We get it. There's a lot to process when it comes to choosing a veil. These are by no means hard and fast rules, but they're helpful tips for brides looking for a starting point.

A Heavily Embellished Gown

If you have your heart set on a heavily beaded or embellished dress, you can go one of two ways with your veil. For the princess bride who loves herself some sparkle, a classic, raw edge cathedral veil with scattered Swarovski crystals that will twinkle as you walk down the aisle is absolutely stunning. Another fitting option is a veil with minimal matching beadwork along the edge.

A Simple-But-Stunning Dress

If a bride has a simple dress and wants to amp up the drama without any embellishments, an angel cut veil trimmed in satin, horsehair, or organza is always a good choice. It will frame the face of the bride beautifully, and when it cascades down, you'll see a spiral of fabric on the edge that gives you that dramatic look and feel. A veil with touches of light lace is also very elegant styled with a simple dress.

A Dress With a Statement Back

A breathtaking ornate or sheer illusion lace back is a popular trend. To show off your backside, we recommend a special custom cut cathedral without any accents (beadwork or crystals) in the body of the veil. Think sheer and chic and remember to steer clear of multiple layers of fabric.

A Gown With a Long Train

As long as your gown doesn't have a ton of back detail, you can pretty much wear any type of veil with a dress that has a long train. My favorite, however, is by far a cathedral veil. It's so interesting and creates a dramatic, ethereal look.

A Modern Dress

For brides opting to go the contemporary route (think fit-n-flare, mermaid gowns, and tea-length dresses), a more modern style veil is perfectly appropriate.These are the short, layered, square-cut and blusher styles. A short veil–shoulder to elbow length–is great for a tea-length dress or a city hall dress.

A Vintage Wedding Dress

If your something borrowed happens to be your wedding dress, why not go all out with a birdcage veil to match? It will become the ornate part of the ensemble.

A Short Wedding Dress

The shorter the dress, the shorter the veil. For a sassy, cocktail length gown or shorter, we love a birdcage veil, or better yet, a whimsical multiple-layer veil in a shorter length.

A Beachy Bohemian Dress

Getting hitched oceanfront? A chapel veil is great for a beach wedding when you want the veil flowing in the wind but not to be too cumbersome.


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