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. "A veil highlights a bride's appearance when walking down the aisle, it can also enhance the wedding dress by complementing the beading or embroidery on the gown."
But the decision isn't as simple as choosing a long or short veil. Different types of veils and lengths can completely transform your wedding style. While a blusher may convey a retro-chic vibe, a cathedral-length veil feels traditional and so dramatic. If you're wondering how to pick a veil, look no further: We've compiled the ultimate guide to wedding veil styles, complete with expert tips from bridal stylists.
Bird Cage Wedding Veil: 4-9"
This short and flirty wedding veil can cover just the eyes, skim the nose or fall at the jawline. Usually made of a net or lace, this style is also known as a bandeau veil.
Blusher Wedding Veil: 30"
Also known as an angle veil or wedge veil, this style offers less traditional look with vintage appeal. "A blusher is a short veil that falls over the face and ends near the top of the dress, during the ceremony, it's pulled back to reveal the bride, which makes for an exciting and moving moment—the first time the groom sees his bride's face."
Shoulder-Length Wedding Veil: 20-22"
As the name suggests, this wedding veil style hits your shoulders. Shoulder-length wedding veils are a great option for brides who want traditional-looking veil that doesn't compete with the details of their dress.
Elbow Wedding Veil: 32"
If you want a more conservative look for your ceremony, an elbow-length veil is an elegant way to cover-up without wearing a bulky bolero or shrug. "An elbow veil falls gracefully over the shoulders to the bride's—you guessed it—elbow,"
Fingertip Wedding Veil: 38-40"
"A fingertip veil falls beyond the bride's hips and is a popular choice because it allows any design on the back of a bride's gown to be seen through the sheer fabric,"
Knee-Length Veil: 48"
Designed to fall at your knee, this wedding veil length offers drama and elegance without weighing you down. The veil can be adjusted to fall a little longer or a little shorter to fall just at your knee, depending on your height.
Waltz Wedding Veil: 60"
There's no rule that says you need to take off your veil for the reception. But if you do choose to keep it on, make sure it won't get the in the way of dancing and mingling. "A waltz veil falls to the mid-calf and is a great option for those who want to wear a longer veil for the reception, but still want the freedom to move throughout the evening." This wedding veil style is also called a ballet veil.