Veils have had a place in marriage ceremonies for centuries, possibly dating back to ancient Roman times when wedding veils were said to ward off evil spirits that preyed on brides-to-be.
If you decide to go with a veil for your wedding, you need to consider a few things first:
Consider your wedding dress. It’s best to find a dress first and then choose a veil that enhances your gown. For example, if you have a lace or beaded dress, look for a veil that compliments those elements. Want to look like a princess bride? You may want to add a Cathedral veil to complete the look. Looking for something more simple? A single-layer elbow-length veil with a sprinkle of lace or beads to match is a great option. Remember, a veil should never take center stage or draw attention away from you and your dress.
Take your venue into account. If your ceremony is taking place in a large, elaborate church, you may want to consider a long, dramatic veil. Alternatively, if you’re getting married outdoors during a windy season, it’s best to opt for a veil that’s shorter in length. This will prevent the veil from blowing around too much or even flying away altogether.
Keep your hairstyle in mind. Most veils work well with the bride’s hair down. But if you’re planning on an updo, or a more intricate hairstyle, choose a thin or sheer veil that won’t conceal your hair and will show off your look. Whether you’re doing your own hair or getting it done by a professional, it’s a good idea to practice placing and fastening your veil before the big day.
Veils come in various sizes and lengths. When deciding on the veil length, keep in mind that a short, voluminous veil will make you appear shorter, and a long, flowing veil makes you appear taller and slimmer.
The variety of veils that exist is plentiful, and making a choice can be overwhelming. Below, we’ll break down the attributes of popular veil types so you can make an informed decision for your big day.
The Monarch Veil is the longest and the most spectacular veil. It makes for amazing photos and a breathtaking walk down the aisle.
Length: 130+ inches.
Length: 108-120 inches.
Length: 90 inches.
The Fingertip Veil style extends to the bride’s fingertips when her arms are resting at her sides, though it will vary depending on the bride's build and height. It is very popular with brides who have chosen wedding ball gowns. The fingertip veil is normally used as an alternative to a wedding dress train, especially in cases where brides want to show off the back of the dress
Length: 32 inches.
Length: 9-12 inches.