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Wedding Veils: A Length for Every Bride

For some reason, many brides have trouble when it comes to choosing a veil. I think it’s because it’s not something we’ve ever worn before, so it can feel a bit awkward to put one on for the first time. If you’re helping your bride choose her veil you must be sensitive to the fact that a veil might make her feel self-conscious, and help her choose the length that’s right for her personality, her gown, and the style of her wedding. Here are a few of our very favorite types of wedding veils to help you get started.

The Birdcage

A birdcage veil adds instant glam to any bride, and have been super trendy in recent wedding seasons. They’re also really good for breezy outdoor weddings – no blowing in the wind! They come in nearly endless varieties: with or without a fascinator, covering just the eyes or the whole face, and so much more. Every bride is sure to find the one that’s right for her.

The Blusher

The blusher gives you the traditional “lifting of the veil” option. Because of this, it’s one of the most romantic veils available and would fit best in a traditional church wedding. It involves a shorter piece in front that covers the face which will be flipped back over the head for the “kiss the bride” moment. It also offers great versatility – it can be any length in the back.

The Flyaway

Don’t let your veil hide your gown! This variation on the shoulder-length veil is the perfect way to show off detailing in the back of the dress while still keeping a traditional look. The flyaway is often multi-layered, adding extra weight and dimension to the bride’s look.

The Elbow-Length Veil

This is a great figure-flattering option to balance out a fuller skirt. It’s a perfect choice for the bride who’s looking to add elegance without the bulk of a too-long veil. It can be paired with nearly any gown, making it great for the modern bride. Take the veil just a little bit longer for the always pretty ballet-length veil.

Cathedral-Length Veil

The cathedral veil is definitely not for everyone, but it’s sure to always make a statement. The train on this veil can extend for several yards. The bride who wears a cathedral veil will definitely need some help moving around from her bridesmaids – and won’t be able to keep it on at the reception.

The Mantilla

I could have included so many more veils in this post, but I decided to stop at the mantilla because it’s just so special. It drapes delicately over the bride’s head and shoulders and often includes heavy lace trimming framing the face. It’s flowy, delicate, and so very pretty. A lot of brides probably wouldn’t think they could pull this one off, but those who do will certainly achieve a unique, romantic look.

What’s your favorite type of veil? Let us know in a comment below!