How To Choose Your Wedding Veil | Neue Bride Guide
Have you ever wondered why a bride walks down the aisle wearing a veil? Yeah, us too. While it is still a widely accepted bridal trend, most people do not know the history or meaning behind these statement-making accessories. We are here to share a guide on "How To Choose Your Wedding Veil" including details about the origins and history of the wedding veil, which length might be right for your dress, how to wear and style your veil and everything in between!
So when did the tradition of wearing a wedding veil start? You can trace the wedding veil back to Ancient Rome, where a bride would traditionally wear a veil to protect themselves from evil spirits, also signifying a woman's modesty, innocence and purity by covering themselves head to toe. A wedding veil can mean different things in different faiths and have gone in and out of style over the years, only becoming popular again with the British Queen Victoria's wedding in 1840. Her wedding ensemble would seem to define the image of a bride for centuries to come and into modern days. While these traditions might seem archaic and outdated, some see a veil simply as a pretty bridal accessory that a bride might only get to wear once-in-a-lifetime! Although some women might decide to forgo the veil tradition, we suggest you at least try a few different styles before completely ruling it out of your bridal ensemble. Whatever you do decide for yourself, here is a complete guide to the different veil lengths and sizes so you can have a better understanding of what might pair well with your wedding gown.
When choosing the right veil for your wedding dress, we suggest choosing a length based on the vision, venue, and theme of your wedding. There are three basic lengths of veils (with many variations and customizations in between depending on the gown design) First is a fingertip length, which can feel more modern and fresh, second a chapel length compliments most any style wedding dress falling to the floor and third a cathedral length which is much longer, more traditional and dramatic, traditionally worn in a cathedral venue. This should give you a starting point to determine what might be right for you, below you can find a more detailed guide of veil lengths and styles that might fall in between those basic guidelines.
Bird Cage Wedding Veil: 5-9"
This short style veil is traditionally made of a crosshatched netting material that sits on top of the head just skimming your eyes and nose.
Blusher Wedding Veil: 30"
A "blusher" is a short veil that falls over the face and ends near the top of the dress. This type of veil offers somewhat of a vintage appeal. Traditionally during the ceremony, the veil will be pulled back to reveal the bride's face. This can be a moving moment as it is the first time the groom sees his bride's face.
Fingertip Wedding Veil: 40"
A fingertip veil falls as the name would state, around your fingertips and beyond. This length of veil is a very popular and modern choice. It will still allow any design details on the back of brides gown to be seen through the sheer fabric and not distracted from. If you are looking for a slightly more conservative look for your ceremony, this veil can be a great way to gently cover your shoulders and can be removed after your ceremony.
Waltz Wedding Veil: 60-72"
Should you choose to keep your veil on for the entire wedding day, you'll want to make sure it is not dragging around and being stepped on, especially if you are going to be dancing at your reception. A waltz length veil falls to the mid-calf and ankles and can be a great option for brides who want the veil look without the hassle. It gives you the freedom to dance and party and still feel like a bride. This might also be referred to as a ballet length. This length can sometimes extend into what is known as floor length measuring around 72". This veil will lightly touch the floor and usually match the length of the dress.
Chapel Wedding Veil: 90"
Going for a more casual gown and doing away with your train? The chapel veil will extend slightly beyond your dress and can create the illusion of a train without having to worry about bustling and dragging the train around all evening.
Cathedral Wedding Veil: 108-120"
If your wedding style is quite traditional, taking place in a church venue perhaps with quite a long aisle to walk down, you will definitely want to opt for the cathedral length veil for a super grand entrance.
Royal Cathedral Wedding Veil: 132"
Royal cathedral length wedding veils are the ultimate bridal look. Channel your inner royal with this dramatic statement and will extend far beyond the train of the dress trailing behind the bride as she walks down the aisle. Talk about dress drama!
You might be surprised that going super matchy-matchy might not always compliment your gown in the best way. Mixing textures can create a gorgeous and unique look, which lets your gown and veil shine separately. For example, a pearl clustered veil might pair extremely well with a very minimal and clean gown and a clean tulle veil with no embellishment might pair beautifully with an all lace gown.
Feeling overwhelmed? We get it. There can be a lot to process when figuring out how to style your dress. At Neue Bride, we love to have our brides return for a second appointment dedicated to picking your accessories after they have chosen their gown. As bridal stylists, we are here to help give you options and style your gown so you feel best. Read on to learn about some dress/veil pairings you might want to consider if you have already picked out your dress.
Highly Embellished or Beaded Gown
If you are the type of bride that can't get enough sparkle, a cathedral veil with some scattered embellishments or a matching simple beaded edge would be stunning to complete your overall look.
If you are the minimalistic bride with a more simple gown, you might want to complete your bridal look with a cascading satin-edged veil. You might also want to go for a more dramatic statement with the veil rather than the dress, choosing a cap veil for added vintage flair.
Statement Back Gown
So your gown has breathtaking details on the back? You'll definitely want to show off those details. Go sheer and simple on the veil and steer clear of thick tulle and multi-layered fabrics.
Long Train Gown
You can get away with almost any style of veil with a dress that has a beautiful statement train. Our favorite recommendation for this type of dress though is a cathedral veil. Make sure your veil length extends past the train however, as a rule of thumb.
Bohemian Casual Gown
Having a beach wedding or going for a more casual wedding vibe? A chapel veil pairs so well with almost any style of dress. It won't drag as much in an outdoor setting and it still offers that bridal accent without the bulk.
Ready to complete your gorgeous bridal gown with a veil? When styling our brides with accessories, we will make sure you are channeling your best bridal self rather than getting swallowed by yards of fabric. Come visit us at Neue Bride and we will be sure to help you style your dress with the perfect veil!