The Perfect Wedding Veil: A Bride’s 5 Point Guide

The Perfect wedding veil is not a hit or miss event. In fact, achieving the right look involves a huge investment on your part, time-wise. If you have no idea what to look for in a wedding veil, you’ll have a much harder time getting the right one, or worse, botch things up and grab the wrong one.

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Whether you commit to wearing a veil for your wedding day or not, you should know that millions of brides love the romantic, ethereal effect that veils bring, especially when it’s the perfect veil for their wedding dress, type of wedding, and wedding ceremony venue. You have to admit, brides with veils look absolutely stunning in their wedding photos.

On the other hand,  many brides find veils cumbersome and a tad traditional for their taste.  They look for alternatives to wedding veils such as tiaras, hair wraps, headbands, and other bridal hair accent such as fresh blooms. If you do choose to add a veil to your bridal apparel, this 5 point guide will help you nab the right veil for your wedding dress, bridal hairstyle, and budget.


 The Bride’s 5 Point Guide To Nail The Perfect Wedding Veil:


1. Choose the most suitable wedding veil fabric.


When it comes to fabric, nylon or silk is the usual option. Nylon tulle is light and delicate. It’s flexible and cheaper than silk tulle. To give you an idea, a yard of silk tulle usually runs for $280-350 depending on where you purchase it. That amount does not include labor, beading, or edging of the veil. It’s worth mentioning that silk tulle is heavy and stiff.

Most brides favor the light, airy illusion of nylon tulle.


2. Find a complimentary wedding veil color.

Many brides choose wedding veil colors with respect to the wedding dress, and even skin tone. The most popular wedding veil shade is Diamond white or silk white. It’s a warm white shade that go well with many skin tones and work best for wedding gowns in an ivory shade.

A Bright white shade for wedding veils is only available for synthetic fabrics such as nylon tulle, but not for silk.

The Ivory shade is true to its name and contains more yellow than white. It is also offered in a range of shades, so there are a lot of possibilities when you opt for this certain color for your veil.

Most colors listed here have a shimmer version that offers a shiny, shimmery finish that sparkles beautifully especially under warm lighting.

3. Wedding Veil Lengths vary, choose well.

Wedding veil lengths vary from a fun and flirty blusher veil, an understated but elegant vintage looking bird cage veil, and the luxurious cathedral length veil. The length of your veil will be determined by your wedding ceremony location, its size, available space, and the type of wedding you’re having. Most popular lengths are elbow and fingertip veils which can be used for a day or night wedding, and are manageable even in tight locations.

Ankle length veils and longer are more appropriate if you’re having a more formal wedding setting, or an evening church wedding with all the works. Read here for some more wedding veil tips.

Here is a wedding veil length chart for reference:

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4. Wedding Veil Styles are limitless.


Wedding veils come in a single layer, double tiered, or three tiered or more. If you want a sweet and simple look or you’d like to highlight your gorgeous wedding dress, a sheer bright white wedding veil in nylon tulle with clean cut edges will give you the right effect. For a casual wedding or a short wedding dress, and even a second marriage, the chic bird cage veil is a fantastic choice.

Edge treatments

Wedding veil edge treatments come in the form of ribbons, embroidery, lace, scalloped edge, beaded, or studded with rhinestones and crystals. For a smooth,  seamless look, or if your wedding dress is beaded,  a veil without edge treatments  work beautifully. Note that some edge treatments might make you appear shorter than you really are by cutting your vertical line in half. Read which wedding veil to avoid here.


Wedding veil embellishments are often pearls, crystals, rhinestones, worked in the lace or strewn across the veil, or in a design of your choosing.  make sure that your wedding veil won’t clash with your wedding dress, or outshine it. Consult with your wedding dress designer for the best veil possible. Go wedding veil comparison shopping online, check out wedding veil styles, and chat with vendors to get an idea of what you want. Remember that less is more, so if your wedding dress is fully beaded, there’s no point in adding extensive beading to your veil.


5. A perfect wedding veil starts with the right base.

Veil bases are simply the hidden pins, wire or plastic combs, Velcro’s, plastic loops and hooks necessary to keep the veil attached to your hair. Unless you’re opting for a simple hairstyle or will wear your hair down, consult with your stylist.

Most stylists have a veil base preference with each particular bridal hairstyle. Indicate if you’d like to remove your wedding veil right after the ceremony or will continue wearing it at the reception. Sometimes there are veils too difficult for the bride to detach and she’s left with no option but to wear it all through her wedding reception.
With all five factors reckoned with, you’ll have a better picture of the type, style, and design of wedding veils appropriate for your wedding dress and hairstyle. Having parameters help narrow your search, so you spend less time stressing over your wedding veil, while at the same time, come up with the perfect veil that will showcase you, your wedding dress, and achieve the effect you’re aiming for.  carries a wide array of wedding veils for you to choose from. And if in the end, you feel a wedding veil is not for you, we also have elegant tiaras and romantic headpieces. Our staff is always online to help answer your inquiries and come up with helpful suggestions!

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Hannah Hartnell


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