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  • Writer's pictureLizzie Lumley


Today's topic is veils - a while back we talked about various head pieces that can be worn for a wedding- Click Here to see that article. Veils are one of my favorite items for a wedding. Honestly, when someone puts one on even in regular clothes they just look like a bride. There are literally thousands of options for veils - you can even get custom ones made. Below we will talk about the most common types of veils.

Veils are typically worn for the ceremony only and for pictures. After the ceremony and photos are done, your south Florida day of wedding planner will help remove the veil for you and put it away safely. We also come supplied with bobby pins and other hair accessories in case the veil was so tucked well in that some pieces of hair got misplaced. Another one of the palm beach day of wedding planning services that you might not know about!

Photo: J Dann Photography | Planner: Hakuna Matata Weddings

Wedding Wire put together a great article on the most popular types of veils - they also gave a great description on what veil works with the best look. Below is the information from their very detailed article.

Birdcage wedding veil

What it is: A short veil that covers just your forehead and the top half of your face. Birdcage wedding veils are usually made of stiff netting or mesh to create structure. They're typically fastened to pillbox hats, headbands, or hair combs. 

Works best with: A birdcage wedding veil is ideal for creating a vintage bridal look, especially if you're wearing a lace gown, tea-length dress, or a mod '60s-style minidress.

Photo: Love and Wolves Co

Blusher veil

What it is: A short, thin veil, typically made from tulle or English netting. A blusher veil is fastened to the crown of your head and covers your entire face, stopping at your mouth or chin. 

Works best with: This wedding veil style creates an effortlessly romantic bridal look. If you want the drama of flipping your veil over your head just before the first kiss but you don't want to hide your shoulders or wedding dress, a blusher veil is the perfect compromise. 

Photo: Petal and Veil

Elbow length veil

What it is: A medium-length wedding veil style that stops around the elbows. When worn high on top of the head with a bouffant updo, it looks retro and mod, à la 1960s style.

Works best with: We'd recommend this veil length for a no-fuss bridal look, especially if you're getting married outdoors—for example, at a beach wedding venue or if you're having a summer wedding and don't want to overheat with a heavier veil. 

Photo: Michael and Carina Photography | C/O Claire Pettibone

Fingertip length veil

What it is: A mid-length veil that stops below your waist, slightly above or lower than where your fingertips reach when your arms are by your side. The in-between length makes this veil a versatile choice for casual and formal weddings. 

Works best with: All wedding dress codes and styles. It goes well with a range of different wedding hairstyles, including half-up styles and updos, since you can easily clip the veil to the underside of a chignon or similar 'do. 

Photo: Maxwell Studios Photography

Ballet length veil

What it is: Also called a waltz veil, the ballet length veil falls below your hips—anywhere between your knees and your ankles. 

Works best with: A romantic, ultra-feminine bridal look, especially when trimmed with lace. Since this veil hits above the ankles, it's a great choice for petite brides or anyone who wants a low-maintenance alternative to a floor-length veil. 

Photo by Rebecca Dotson Photography

Chapel length veil

What it is: A veil that drapes all the way to the floor and and spreads out just a few inches behind your dress.

Works best with: A formal and traditional bridal look. The veils are often trimmed with lace or intricate embroidery, but a raw-edge veil is a more modern and minimalistic version of this timeless accessory.  

Photo by Petal and Veil

Cathedral length veil

What it is: One of the longest veil lengths available, often extending a foot or two behind your dress and requiring assistance to spread out and straighten.

Works best with: A glamorous fit-and-flare dress will add to the drama of this wedding veil style, but it's also a gorgeous option for a sheath gown, A-line gown, or a ball gown. 

Photo by Federico X Photography and Design

Royal veil 

What it is: The royal veil gets its name from the highly dramatic look it creates—and because most royal brides typically wear extremely long veils (case in point: Princess Diana's veil required 153 yards of tulle). This wedding veil style spreads out onto the floor and extends several feet past your dress hem. 

Works best with: Ball gowns and formal wedding venues, such as a historic cathedral or ballroom. 

Photo by KT Merry Photography | C/O Monique LHuillier

Juliet cap veil

What it is: A veil that is wrapped around the top of your head or forehead, creating a cap-like appearance.

Works best with: A vintage theme, especially a Downton Abbey or Great Gatsby-inspired wedding. Pair a Juliet cap veil with a silk slip dress for total 1920s-meets-bohemian vibes. 

Photo by Hushed Commotion

Mantilla wedding veil

What it is: This traditional Spanish garment is a single-layer veil with lace trimming. The mantilla veil is worn flat on top of the head (about two inches back from the hairline) and should drape over one or both shoulders.

Works best with: Low hairstyles or hair worn down. This wedding veil style is also a popular choice for brides who prefer a more modest look or need to cover their shoulders for religious purposes. 

Photo by Vicki Grafton Photography


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