A Quick Guide to Veils

Veils are the most iconic bridal accessory and have the power to change your whole wedding day look, not to mention there are so many different types. Below are some of the main veil styles and how to match them to your dress. Not sure how to style them? Check out our video.


Birdcage veils are short veils typically made of netting. They only cover a portion of a bride’s face and fall above the chin. These veils add a vintage vibe, and they pair especially well with short wedding dresses.

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Elbow Length

You guessed it: an elbow-length veil falls right around the elbows or just below to the waistline. This kind of veil is flattering with nearly all dress types and is perfect for the bride looking for a fuss-free style.

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A fingertip veil falls at or right below the fingertips. It can add drama without the hassle of holding it off the floor. Fingertip veils commonly come in two-tier styles (aka a blusher to cover your face for the ceremony and a longer veil for the reception).

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Leaving a train trailing beyond the bridal dress, a cathedral veil is the longest veil style, as it mimics the aisle of a cathedral. Looking for drama? A cathedral veil makes for stunning photos and will also help to elongate your dress without the added weight of a long train.

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The Mantilla veil frames the face in lace and is typically worn 2 inches from the hairline. They come is a variety of widths and lengths and are definitely statement pieces. Don’t forget to match the lace to your dress when choosing your veil.

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