A wedding veil is just as important as the dress itself, and should be carefully planned and chosen.
If you decide to wear a veil on your wedding day – and not all brides do – you may be surprised to find that your veil options are nearly as limitless as your accessory options!
The number one consideration for most brides shopping for veils is length.
BIRDCAGE: This is just a little bit of veil, and it's sophisticated in the way only something vintage can be. Any bride who has her heart set on wearing a 50s reproduction gown should consider this retro style that just barely covers the face. Wide netting means that seeing is not a problem, and birdcage veils look adorable flipped back.
SHOULDER LENGTH: What you see is what you get with a simple shoulder length bridal veil. These veils can hit just above or just below the shoulder and are surprisingly, well, cute. We like this length paired with fun and unfussy gowns (and brides!) because it's definitely a flirty alternative to the longer, more traditional veils.
ELBOW LENGTH (30" long): These veils are generally paired with gowns without a train and will enhance any detailing at or around the waist of the gown. You're wearing a beautiful bridal belt or oversize bow? This veil will show it off! Elbow length veils also pair well with gowns with full skirts.
FINGERTIP LENGTH (36" long): The fingertip can be worn with any full length gown but isn't usually worn with gowns with a train. Think of this as the next option up in formality, just past elbow length.
CATHEDRAL LENGTH (floor length): Cathedral veils are usually worn only for formal weddings, but rules were made to be broken. This type of veil looks best when worn with a cathedral or semi-cathedral length gown and is definitely a great choice for brides who want a dramatic wedding day look.
Always consider the detailing of your dress. This is another one of those situations where you don't want one accessory stealing the show!
A cathedral length veil should only be worn with a chapel or cathedral length gown. Most rules are made to be broken, but not this one. And keep in mind that the longest veils can be difficult to move in.
Remember that your hairstyle and hair accessories will affect the length of your veil – e.g., a veil worn high on the head with a tiara will appear shorter than a veil worn in a low updo.
Height matters! If you are shorter than 5'4", select an elbow-length veil. If you are taller than 5'7", a fingertip-length veil will work well with your frame. If you are in between these heights, you could go with either length depending on your personal taste and your gown.
HINT: If there is any colour variation between your dress and your veil, always choose a veil that is a shade lighter than your gown.
WHITE: Choose white when your gown is the traditional shade of bright white.
DIAMOND WHITE: This nearly off-white shade is softer than white and coordinates with white silk, which isn't naturally bright. If your gown is candlelight or antique white, choose diamond.
IVORY: This is a very soft, light shade of ivory with subtle yellow undertones. If your gown is called ivory, an ivory veil should be the best complement.
CHAMPAGNE: Champagne coloured veils have a slight brown overtone to match champagne or dark ivory wedding dresses and often must be special ordered.