A bridal veil is the most iconic piece of your bridal ensemble, the perfect opportunity to make a style statement all your own. And choosing the perfect veil is such a personal task that comes with lots of decisions. There are wedding veils of all lengths and materials, including statement-making cathedral length veils that give your look a dreamy elegance, and vintage-inspired blushers that add an air of mystery as you walk up the aisle. Find inspiration in some of our favorite bridal veil styles — plus tips for wearing this classic topper.
1. Cathedral Length Veils
Cathedral length veils are the preferred choice of veils for royals around the world—and the way to go for the bride who wants to make a formal statement. This iconic accessory is perfect for the classic bride. It can be worn with or without a blusher, depending on whether or not you plan to cover your face for the ceremony.
2. Embellished Veils
One of our favorite bridal veil styles is embellished veils. We think bridal veils with lace and other embellishments always look great. Accessorizing an already dazzling dress with an embellished veil with beautiful beading and metallic embroidery can lend a touch of sparkle and shine to your bridal ensemble. There are several options to choose, from lace trim to rhinestone edging to beading throughout. The trick is to choose a veil with details that match the color of the beading or embellishments on your wedding dress.
3. Floral and Lace Veils
Delicate floral and lace veils are the stylish answer to a simple, understated wedding dress. We love the romantic effect these veils add when paired with a glamorous updo or long, loose waves. This bridal veil style combines the most romantic day of your life with the most romantic of fabrics. Lace wedding veils offer the subtle detail that brides love, without overdoing it. However, if you prefer a veil with small amounts of lace, there is an array of veils that feature lace trim or those that showcase floral motifs. When picking accessories to pair with these bridal veil styles, be sure to pick simple wedding accessories to complement the ensemble.
Mantilla lace veils, on the other hand, are long, Spanish-inspired bridal veil styles that frame the face. They’re circular pieces made either of lace or lace-edged trim. These veils are best paired with a slimmer, more slender shaped-dress, allowing them to form a soft halo around the body.
4. Bridal Birdcage Veils
Bridal birdcage veils, also known as cage veils, are the signature wedding accessory for a vintage-glam look. And nothing says vintage-glam like a feather-adorned birdcage veil. This bridal veil style features flirty cage netting that frames the face and embellished fabric that has a delicate, feminine air. It also allows the lower half of your face to be free as the piece of netting drapes off the side of the head.
5. Bandeau Veils
This alluring version of the bridal cage veil only covers the eyes, imparting an air of mystery and adding an element of intrigue to your bridal look. Pair this bridal veil style with a wedding dress that’s just as sexy—one with a low-cut neckline or a willowy profile would be perfect.
6. Blusher Veils
Blusher veils are double tier veils that can be worn over your face as a blusher or flipped back for a more voluminous look, or short single tier veils. The veils add an ethereal and romantic feel to any bridal ensemble. This modern bridal veil style is ideal for the vintage-inspired bride as it adds an air of mystery as you walk down the aisle. They’re worn over the face before the ceremony, then either flipped over the head or removed afterwards. We love pairing blusher veils with a lacy, feminine wedding dress.
7. Headpiece and Veil Combo
Pair a bridal headpiece with a classic veil for a look that is uniquely you. You’ll feel like a princess. Pairing a headpiece with a veil is a great way to keep your hair out of the way, while still staying stylish. Headpieces also add a brilliant sparkle and glamour to any ensemble, and the headpiece and veil combination is absolutely beautiful!
Tips for Wearing These Bridal Veil Styles:
Avoid picking veils that are a shade darker than your wedding dress. The trick is to pick a veil that’s the exact shade of your dress, or a shade lighter.
Consider a double tier veil if you’re having a traditional ceremony; cover your face with the shorter tier as you walk down the aisle. Or, pair two similar veils—a short one with a longer one of your choice for the double-tier effect.
Keep all eyes on you by choosing a veil with a lot of tulle gathered along the comb or one with more than one tier for a voluminous look. This is also a great way for shorter brides to get some height!
Distinguish your ceremony and reception looks by pairing a sparkly headpiece with your veil. Remove your veil at the reception and let the headpiece shine!