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Styles Of Wedding Veils
by: Erika Gonzalez

Wedding veils are an important part of a brides look. There are many styles and colors to choose from to perfectly complement the brides gown. With the wide selection of wedding veils available this article will make it easy for you to find the ONE that will make your special day magical!  

The first thing you need to do is pick your gown. Aside from your gown, your wedding veil is the most noticed accessory that you will be wearing. Thus, it should match well with your gown and help to enhance your beauty.


The first aspect to consider with your wedding veil is the length. It’s important to keep in mind the brides hairstyle as that will affect the length of the wedding veil she wears. Although most brides get a wedding veil to fit with their hairstyle, some choose to do it the other way around and choose a hairstyle that will work with the veil that the bride just has to have!


The most common lengths of wedding veils are referred to as such:


Shoulder Length – Also known as “Blusher” veils because they are commonly worn with a piece called a blusher that covers the brides face. Typically about 2 feet long it reaches to the brides shoulders or collar bone. It’s traditionally a first-time brides style as it originally symbolized the brides innocence. Now-a-days some second and third-time brides choose to wear this style as well because it complements many types of gowns.

Elbow Length – This type of wedding veil flows to the brides elbows and can have multiple layers. Usually the layers are the same length, but may be cut shorter by a couple of inches.

Fingertip Length – Wedding veils of this length can be worn with virtually any style gown (the exception being gowns rise above the ankles) and because of this are the most commonly worn veil.

Cathedral Length – Usually worn with more formal gowns with cathedral trains. The wedding veil will extend about six inches past the end of the train.


Other lengths/types of veils include:

Flyaway Veil – A multi-layered shoulder length veil. It’s generally worn with more informal gowns.

Birdcage Veil – Extends to just past the chin and is recommended for wearing with short dresses or dinner suits.

Ballet Length Veil – Great for wearing with a gown that has no train. It extends to the ankles without touching the ground.


When you have decided on a length then you can decide on a color. This probably won’t take a lot of thought since wedding veils should match the color of the gowns they are being paired with. You wouldn’t want a white gown with an ivory wedding veil. If your gown is white, then your veil should be white as well. Colors can run the gamut, but some of the more common colors are white, ivory, gold, beige, silver and some even incorporate touches like sparkle and shimmer.

The edge of the wedding veil is an important accent that adds a dramatic touch. Edges come in a variety of finishes such as a cut edge, pencil edge, rattail edge, corded edge, soutache edge, pearl edge, rhinestone edge and different styles of ribbon edges. A cut edge is the simplest type while rhinestone or pearl edges can add a stunning effect to a wedding veil. The colors of the edging is varied as well and can be virtually any color in the rainbow, though silvers, golds and whites are the most common.

The perfect wedding veil for you is ultimately up to you. Regardless of what style you choose it should be something that you love. Although you may be slightly influenced by others and what they think is beautiful your wedding veil should be a reflection of you and your beauty. A wedding veil can be passed down from generation to generation or stored and kept as a memento and reminder of how beautiful you are.
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