Under the Veil – your guide to choosing a wedding veil style!

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There are lots of options for brides, depending on your dress style and length (and color!) and the general look and feel you are going for on your big day. Of course, you may not want to wear a veil at all, but if you do, read on!

Tips & Helpful Hints

  • Unless you are wearing a family veil or similar, make sure you buy your dress before you start thinking about veils as not all of them will suit the look you go for.
  • Even if you don’t think you’re a ‘veil person’, try one on at your fitting. It is 100% the best way to make your mom and bridesmaids start crying (in a good way).
  • When you go to your hair trial (and in some cases your actual hair appointment on the day) make sure you bring your veil with you. If your hairdresser puts it into place for you, make sure one of your bridesmaids is on hand watching so she can assist later in the evening.

Types of veils

Blusher is a term sometimes used for shoulder-length veils, but technically a blusher is the bit that stands in front of your face as you walk down the aisle, and that can be any length from birdcage to much longer. This is the one that your father lifts when he presents you to your husband.

Birdcage veils are the shortest length, and have enjoyed huge popularity in the last few years. There’s quite a bit of variety within birdcage veils but they’re usually worn just covering the eyes or extending down to the chin. Super stylish and low-hassle.

Shoulder-length veils are less commonly found these days, but are perfect for a fashion-forward bride, especially if you have detailing on your dress that you’d like to show off, but still want that dash of tradition. A fun version of the shoulder-length is the flyaway veil, which has more than one layer and just brushes the shoulders.

Elbow-length veils They’re elegant and easy to handle, and when combined with a blusher are very romantic without the hassle of carrying a full-length train around with you. These are perfect if you are wearing a full dress as they end just about at the point where the skirt of your gown begins, which is super-flattering.

If you loved Kate Middleton’s look, than fingertip-length is the one for you. This is the veil that flatters most brides and their dresses, and as a result is the most popular. A safe bet and an extremely pretty one.

Ballet-length is one of my favorites. You get much of the prettiness of the longer veil varieties, without worrying about tripping over yourself. Also called waltz-length (because you can still dance in it), it falls anywhere between the knee and ankle.

Chapel-length veils go all the way to the ground (it’s sometimes called a sweep veil), and may drape a little but does not have a train. This is one for formal weddings, and is incredibly romantic and elegant. You will definitely feel like a princess in this style veil. It’s often combined with a blusher and/or an elbow-length veil for two-or three-tiered loveliness!

The juliet cap is a look we are just seeing start to take off again, with both Kate Moss and Lily Allen sporting the look at their weddings last year. It’s very chic – after all, wedding style goddess Grace Kelly did it, so it must be a winner!

Pouf veils (tulle that gathers to a hairpiece, creating height) aren’t every bride’s cup of tea, but they can be gorgeous with the right gown. They are often used to add a bit of vintage 1960’s flair to an ensemble. Bold and beautiful.

Now you’re in the LimeLight for wedding veils!

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