How to choose your wedding veil

One of the most asked questions from brides is: “How to I find the right veil?” With so many choices and options it is hard to know where to start, but at Maplewood Bridal we’ve compiled some tips to make this process easier and if you would like a personalized recommendation, you may always email us and we will respond to you with some selections that would be beautiful for you and your dress.

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The first rule is your veil shouldn’t distract from your dress, but rather compliment it…just like jewelry. Don’t buy a veil just because you like it, buy it because it enhances your overall look.


Know your dress shape/silhouette and length. Certain lengths go better with certain shapes just as some should be avoided. Below is a list of the most common dress silhouettes and what veil styles work and don’t work.

Short Dress/Cocktail Length : The birdcage veils work best with short styles but sometimes a longer length works. If you go longer just make sure the veil will feel balanced with the dress shape and doesn’t distract.

Tea Length/High-Low : The best lengths are birdcage or shoulder length veils. You could also go with an elbow length veil if you want something a little longer, but make sure it doesn't overwhelm the gown. Anything longer is not recommended as it will look unbalanced.

Column/Sheath : The best lengths for this style are fingertip, ballet/waltz, or floor length. An elbow length will work as well, but make sure it ends at least at your waist. If you would like a train, a length that barely drags on the floor is best. Avoid anything longer as it is just too much veil for this simple shape.

A-line or Modified A-line : Almost any length works with this dress, but avoid a ballet or waltz length as it hits at an unflattering point in the back and makes for a choppy flow.

Trumpet or Mermaid : The best lengths for these are either a fingertip length or longer veil that has a train such as a chapel length or a cathedral length. If you are seeking a couture look, a Birdcage veil is beautiful with this style. Avoid the elbow length completely as it is too short and breaks the visual line of this curvy silhouette.

Ballgown : Almost any length works with this dress, but avoid a ballet or waltz length as it hits at an unflattering point in the back, despite looking beautiful from the front. And if your ballgown has a train and you are selecting a longer veil, make sure the veil will extend at least 9” past the train otherwise they will overlap and each lose their beauty.


After you have decided which shape best resembles your dress you can decide on your length. The basic rule of thumb for long dresses is that you want to create a beautiful flow. Think of a veil like a slide…your eyes should move gracefully down the dress and end at the right point. If it stops too short, it creates a visual interruption like you’ve been thrown off the slide too soon. If it is too long, you feel like your eyes just keep going and going when they should have already stopped, as if the momentum of the slide stopped because it was too long and flat for too long. The most flattering and universal length is the fingertip length veil for longer dresses because it flows into the skirt or ends at a natural curve on the body.

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