Wedding veils come in different lengths, materials and styles. It helps to have an idea of what you’re talking about before you go shopping. When choosing your veil, consider the formality of your wedding, budget and desired hairstyle. If you want to spend less than $100, you’re looking at single-layer, tulle veils of shorter lengths. If you want something with lace, that’s embellished with beading or of chapel or cathedral length, you’ll be looking to spend $500 to several thousand dollars. Here are the key things you need to know when looking for wedding veils:
Wedding Veil Length
Birdcage veil – This is the shortest wedding veil out there. It may be long enough only to go over your eyes, or it may reach down to your chin. A very vintage look.
Shoulder-length veil – These come down to your shoulders, as the name implies, or as far down as the middle of your back. They’ve not very common, but they can be great if you want to show off details of your dress and not have them get lost in the fabric of a longer veil. Less formal but still beautiful.
Elbow-length veil – Soft and pretty, elbow-length veils are perfect if you’re wearing a ball gown dress – the veil stops right where the skirt begins.
Fingertip-length veil – Exactly what it sounds like. Very romantic. This is one of the most popular – and classic – veil lengths.
Ballet or waltz veil – This veil is long and elegant, but short enough to dance in. It typically comes midway down the legs.
Chapel-length veil – These veils go all the way to the ground. It’s more formal and definitely makes a statement.
Cathedral veil – The most dramatic of all, the cathedral veil reaches to the ground and has a train. They can be difficult to wear (think about those royal weddings where attendants help hold the veil train out behind as the bride walks down the aisle), but they’re gorgeous in wedding photos and make quite a statement.
Other Types of Wedding Veils
Blushers – Sometimes “blusher” is used to describe a shoulder-length veil or cage veil, but typically, it’s the sheet of lace that comes down in front of the bride’s face – the one your dad raises when he gives you away to your future husband.
Two-tier veil – Exactly what it sounds like. It’s usually a blusher and a longer veil, but they come in all varieties. Sometimes the pieces separate to make things easier for the reception.
Pouf veil – Pretty much what it sounds like. Lots of fabric, usually tulle, gathered into a headpiece to create, as Weddings Illustrated says, “a voluminous halo.”
Mantilla veil – A Spanish-style veil edged in lace all the way around. The mantilla drapes over the head and can be any length.
Wedding veils usually have a plastic comb, wire comb, alligator clip or elastic loop to fasten it to your hair. Which one you should choose will depend on the length and weight of the veil, your hairdo and the texture of your hair.
Make sure you think about the timeline of your wedding photos. Many brides remove their wedding veils right after the ceremony, but that means you’ll be at the reception without the veil. If it’s important to have wedding photos of you wearing the veil, make sure you take those photos before removing your veil.