The Ultimate Veil Guide

Buying a dress is overwhelming enough, and by the time you've found the one, it's time to leap headfirst into a sea of snow white tulle. After helping hundreds of brides find their perfect veil, we decided it was time to put all our experience down on paper. We created this easy-to-navigate guide, filled with real tips, allowing you to breathe calmly and enjoy the process. One piece of advice we always part with when meeting a bride is to go with your gut and choose the veil that you feel the most beautiful in. So what if it breaks all the rules, and you love it - go with it!

A lot of brides sit on the fence when it comes to veils, some prefer not to wear one, and others can't picture their day without it. If you are not sure a veil is for you, you may want to first try one on with your dress. It may bring on the bridal feels! We see so many brides walk through our door not wanting to add a veil to their look, but sometimes it's all you need to finish off your big day. After all, when else can you wear a veil?

 
Photo Credit: Coni Tarallo

Photo Credit: Coni Tarallo

 

Color

This is a big decision as you'll want your veil to complement your dress as opposed to take the attention away from it. One of the biggest pitfalls is choosing a color that does not match your dress. This is why it is important to try the veil on with your dress or at least have a swatch from the veil to color-match your dress or vice versa. If the color of your dress is in between the colors offered, choose the lighter one. If you choose the darker or more yellow option, it could cast a darker or more yellow hue over your entire dress.

Length

Firstly, we'd like to comfort you by telling you that there are no wrong answers here. Length is purely personal preference. (Which can often make the decision harder, we know!)  The most popular lengths are:

  • Fingertip - This style extends to about 36 inches, and ends at the tips of your fingers.

  • Chapel - This veil is full length and adds 6 inches of train upon touching the floor. (We love this one!)

  • Cathedral - The Cathedral is the longest veil at approximately 100 - 120 inches, and will drape beyond the hem of your dress.

Here are some things to consider to help you decide on the length:

  • Your dress's train -  If you are choosing between chapel and cathedral, you would be more inclined to pick the one that extends beyond your train. This way, it doesn’t cut off your train or distract from the beauty of it. A Fingertip can really go with any train length and it is great for the bride who wants that touch of a veil without feeling too traditional or formal.

  • Your venue - The place you will be taking your walk. If it is in a formal church, then a cathedral veil might be better suited for the long walk. If it is outside, (for example on grass or dirt or a windy beach), it might be harder to control a longer veil, so a short style might work best.

  • How it will look in pictures - Keep in mind that your veil may be in most of your important pictures (the ceremony, first look, the first kiss), so you want to take note of that when opting in for a shorter or a longer veil. It’s also important to think about the fact that a longer veil will require more maintenance while taking photos to make sure it is looking picture ready and not too messy or balled up through movement. FYI, this happens, don't panic, just be sure that your maid of honor or a bridesmaid is on veil duty!

Trim or decorations  

Again, this is a personal preference that should match the style of your dress as well as your personality! Ideally, you want to complement some of the design elements on your dress versus introducing an entirely new element. This helps to not deviate attention away from your dress. For example, if you have a heavily beaded dress, then you probably want to steer clear of lace veils and keep it a bit more simple like a veil edged in silver thread. Think of veils as a piece of jewelry - too much of it and it will overbear your look. If you feel like your dress is too simple, then opt-in for a satin-trim veil or a veil with more lace or beaded embellishments! We'd also like to point out that the back of your dress should also be taken into consideration. If you love the open back or lace illusion, then you should pick a more simple, more transparent veil so your beautiful dress can show through.

Blusher

A blusher is the shorter piece of additional tulle that is added to the veil and can be flipped over so that it covers your face before and during the ceremony. This is great for brides who want a more traditional walk down the aisle or who want a more dramatic bridal entrance. Another reason why a blusher could be for you is if you'd like to add a bit more volume in the back. You see, a blusher can be worn lifted over your head from the start - a lot of brides choose this If they have a more simple back.

 
Photo Credit: Coni Tarallo

Photo Credit: Coni Tarallo

 

When to find a veil - It is best to try on your veil with your dress, so we highly recommend that our brides either buy the veil the same day as their dress or around the time of your second fitting. A second fitting is ideal over your first fitting, as your dress might be in need of alteration and therefore not look the way it will on your big day. This method applies to all accessories and jewelry - wait until your second fitting where you will be able to see your dress fitted to you. As we know you're busy (yes, that's an understatement) we actually offer a handy swatch kit for you to color match your veil in the comfort of your own home! You're welcome!

How to put this to practice!

Example 1

Savvy bride, Eliza, is getting married in a large ballroom in New York and has decided to go for a beautiful dress with silver embellishment and beading with a minimal train. Her walk down the aisle won’t be a long one and will start where the guests are seated. In this situation, we recommend a chapel length, single tier veil with a silver thread edge. The chapel length will work with her train and short walk, while the single tier will make sure that her beading is seen through her veil. The silver edge will complement the colors in her beads while giving her veil some structure and just a hint of sparkle. (We're actually jealous of Eliza.)

Example 2

Savvy bride, Chloe, is tying the knot on the beaches of Mexico at sunset, (swoon). Her dress has a stunning lace illusion top and a crepe fitted skirt with a short train. Her walk is quite long as she will have to walk from the entrance to the edge of the water. She chose lace as she loves the romantic look and feel of it. For Chloe, we recommend a fingertip, double tier veil with scattered lace appliques. A fingertip veil will be much easier to control given the unpredictable weather elements. And scattered lace appliques will complement her lace top without adding too much noise to the overall look that a lace trim might. And a double tier here to bring double the lace as Chloe loves lace! (We love Chloe too.)