Your Complete Guide To Bridal Veils


From the earrings to the shoes, bridal accessories are key to pulling together your look for the big day. And for many brides, the veil is of particular importance. But with so many styles to choose from, how do know which is the right one for you?

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After seeing countless stunning veils featured in our Real BB Weddings, we suggest to first think about the most piece in a bride’s closet – the gown. Consider the veil as something that complements your gown – it should accentuate, not distract, from the gown’s overall beauty and style. To help the bride-to-be in search of the perfect headpiece, we put together a complete guide to bridal veils so you look and feel your best walking down the aisle!


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Blusher Veil
A blusher veil is worn over the face until reaching the alter. It is beautiful and demure, adding an air of anticipation to the ceremony as guests eagerly wait to get a glimpse of the bride! The veil is usually lifted by the father-of-the-bride once the bride reaches the alter, or the groom before the couple’s ceremonial first kiss. The blusher is a great choice if your style leans toward classic and traditional.

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Elbow Veil
If you want to draw attention to your flawless makeup and hair, the elbow veil is a good choice. It provides a lovely frame that descends over your head and shoulders, ending at the mid-back area. This is a great accessory for maintaining a simple and elegant look.


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Fingertip Veil
Can’t decide if you want to go long or short? Then the fingertip veil is an ideal choice because it gives the impression of length and flow without being fussy.


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Ballet Veil
Also referred to as the waltz veil, the ballet veil falls between the knees and calves. Often featuring layers and lace embellishment, this style is perfect for the romantic bride.


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Chapel Veil
Make a statement with a headpiece that cascades down to the floor ending in a subtle flare. The chapel veil complements a classic and formal look, but details such as lace embroidery and layers of tulle will leave guests gasping for breath.


Anna & Matthew Wedding – Ceremony – Bride Veil – Pierre Hotel – Photography by Brett Matthews


Cathedral Veil
If you want to make a grand entrance, the cathedral veil is the style for you. This veil is the longest, extending down to the floor and far behind the bride’s dress. It is often adorned with lace embroidery, adding a touch of romantic elegance. The dramatic length and silhouette makes for stunning wedding photos. Be sure to arrange for help from your bridesmaids and flower girls with attending to the massive accessory throughout the ceremony.


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Bird Cage Veil
Do you dream about a Great Gatsby themed wedding? Then the bird cage veil with its vintage-glam vibe is the way to go. The shortest of all the veils, it is made of netting that covers the bride’s forehead, sometimes falling down to the chin, but no lower.


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Juliet Cap Veil
When it comes to fashion, Kate Moss can do no wrong. The style icon captured the ultimate vintage bohemian bridal look when she wore a juliet cap veil down the aisle. The veil wraps around the top of the head, creating a cap-like appearance and then falls down the back.

From short and simple to long and ornate, the bridal veil helps define your signature wedding day look. We hope this guide steers you in the direction of finding that special veil that speaks to your personality and unique style.



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