22 July 14  |  Wedding Events   |  

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Veil

Written by Julianne Cuomo, Director of Celebrations.

You said yes to the dress, now it’s time to accessorize! Selecting a wedding veil can be just as important as picking that perfect dress. Your veil highlights everything from your hair and makeup to your gorgeous wedding dress. There are so many different wedding veil options to choose from. Below is a description of each type of veil to assist you in choosing the perfect wedding veil for your special day. Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest board “Romance in the Veil” for more wedding veil ideas.


The birdcage veil is a short veil made out of netting. It covers your face and falls at your chin. This veil gives the bride a vintage red carpet look. This veil is perfect for an elegant and contemporary wedding theme. If you want to add a little sparkle, a brooch or decorative clip is perfect for fastening in a birdcage wedding veil.

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The Birdcage Veil


The blusher veil goes in front of the face and is anywhere from 20-60 inches. It is traditionally worn during the wedding ceremony to reveal the bride to her groom. The blusher is a more traditional veil and can be paired with other veils if desired.


The Blusher Veil


An elbow veil is around 25 inches long and falls eloquently over the shoulders to the elbows. This veil is a popular choice because it is the easiest to match with a more traditional wedding dress. The elbow veil complements A-line or princess style wedding dresses best.


The Elbow Veil


The fingertip veil is around 36 to 45 inches and falls around the brides hips. This veil is one of the most popular veils because it doesn’t take attention away from any beautiful details on a wedding dress. This veil can be worn with any dress, from a sleek fitted mermaid dress to a full princess ball gown.


The Fingertip Veil


The waltz or tea veil is 45-60 inches long and falls between the bride’s knees and ankles. This veil flatters wedding dresses that do not have a train. The waltz veil is a good veil for brides who want to keep their veil on during the wedding reception. This veil gives brides the freedom to dance and move around without the worry of tripping over their veil or having others stepping on it.


The Waltz Veil


The chapel veil brushes the floor at 70-90 inches and goes around 6-12 inches past the train of the wedding dress. This veil complements the length of the wedding dress train and is usually worn in more formal weddings ceremonies.


The Chapel Veil


The cathedral veil is between 108 and 120 inches and flows past the train of the dress. This  is an extremely formal veil and is the most dramatic for walking down the aisle. The cathedral veil is best worn with a classic full length wedding dress. Cathedral veils are perfect for brides who have an elaborate and formal wedding theme.


The Cathedral Veil

Before picking your perfect wedding veil, there are a few things you want to consider. Decide what kind of theme or statement you want to make on your wedding day. Do you want something simple and sheikh or something extravagant and formal? Also, decide how you want to style your hair. You don’t have to know the exact style, just if you want it up or down. These decisions will help you pick the perfect veil to accent your beauty on your wedding day! For more wedding tips, check back to our wedding blog.