A veil is the most timeless and the most various bridal accessory of them all. All veils are beautiful, but how do you choose which one is right for your wedding day? There are thousands of different wedding veil styles and a handful of different veil lengths. So, familiarizing yourself with the basics is a good place to start. From short and sweet veils, like blushers and birdcage styles, to long, lace-trimmed cathedral veils and more unique options. Such as, (hello, Juliet caps), we know there’s a veil to match your style, whatever it may be. Here is everything you need to know about wedding veil styles and lengths so you can choose the right look for your big day.
Birdcage wedding veil
The birdcage-wedding veil is a short veil that covers just your forehead and the top half of your face. Birdcage wedding veils are usually made of stiff netting or mesh to create structure. A birdcage wedding veil is ideal for creating a vintage bridal look, especially if you’re wearing a lace gown, tea-length dress, or a mod ’60s-style mini dress.
Blusher veil is a short, thin veil, typically made from tulle or English netting. A blusher veil is fastened to the crown of your head and covers your entire face, stopping at your mouth or chin. Also, a blusher veil helps in creating an effortlessly romantic bridal look. This veil is a perfect compromise if you want the drama of flipping your veil over your head just before the first kiss. However, you do not want to hide your wedding dress.
The elbow-length veil is a medium-length wedding veil style that stops around the elbows. Elbow-length veil is going to work the best if you are going for a no-fuss bridal look, especially if you are getting married outdoors, at a beach, for example.
Fingertip length veil
A fingertip length veil is a mid-length veil that stops below your waist. It’s slightly above or lower than where your fingertips reach when your arms are by your side. This veil is going to work amazingly for all of the wedding dress codes and styles. This veil is a good choice for everyone because it goes well with a range of different wedding hairstyles, including half-up styles and updos.
Ballet length veil
Ballet length veil, often called a waltz veil, it is a ballet length veil that falls between the bride’s knees and her ankles. This veil works best with a feminine, romantic, bridal look, especially when trimmed with lace. Since this veil hits above the ankles, it is a great choice for petite brides or anyone who wants a low-maintenance alternative to a floor-length veil.
Cathedral length veil
A cathedral length veil is one of the longest veil lengths available, often extending a foot or two behind your dress and requiring assistance to spread out and straighten. This veil is going to look best with a glamorous fit-and-flare dress, because it will add to the drama of this wedding veil style. However, this veil will also look gorgeous paired with a sheath gown, A-line gown, or a ball gown.
Juliet cap veil
A juliet cap veil is a veil that is wrapped around the top of the bride’s head or forehead, creating a cap-like appearance. This cap veil is going to fit in a vintage wedding theme. You can pair a Juliet cap veil with a silk slip dress for total 1920s-meets-bohemian vibes.