Very few things are more “bridal” than a bright, joyful woman wearing a flowy white veil. Veils are the traditional dazzling accessory to the iconic white dress and symbolize love, purity, and allure. Veils were very popular to wear in the early 20th century, but have since seen a decline in use at weddings. That doesn’t by any means imply that veils are “old fashioned” or can’t be chic at modern weddings. In fact, when paired with a gown correctly, veils create a mesmerizing and romantic look that is as timeless as it is stunning. But how does a bride go about finding the right veil for her? Never fear – you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a quick list of the most common types of veils and how to choose the perfect one for your wedding.

Wedding Veil Styles
Banded
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This is a newer trend that exudes a boho chic air when paired with a lacy sheath dress. Functioning like a headband, a banded veil has the tulle flowing backwards from the back of the band.

Blusher
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A very traditional look showcasing the poise and elegance of the bride, the blusher veil falls in front of the bride’s face and is lifted over the head by the groom or the father of the bride during the ceremony.

Tiara
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Every bride wants to feel like a princess on their wedding day, and what better way to accomplish this than with the addition of a tiara? A small tiara placed at the top of the head calls for a elbow-length veil secured at the crest, and we think it creates such a spectacular bridal look!

Trim

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Adding trim to the edges of the veils is very popular, and allows for a creative way to personalize your veil. The two most common trims are lace and crystal. While lace pairs well with a romantic silhouette dress, crystal goes best with a fuller dress. Both also add an element of intrigue to the usually-overlooked veil.

Wedding Veil Lengths:
Fingertip
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While veils are commonly chapel (at the ankles) or elbow length, a new twist is wearing a veil that falls down to your fingertips. Fingertip length veils are an excellent choice for the popular mermaid-style dresses, as it allows for a romantic feels without detracting from the unique shape of your gown. They are also not too heavy to still dance around and have fun in.

Cathedral
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To add that wow-factor on your walk down the aisle, opt for a cathedral length veil. Perfect for dresses with short to no trains, a cathedral veil creates a glamorous effect as flows out behind you along the ground. Lace trim is often used with cathedral length veils to help anchor them and give them a perfect shape.

How to Wear:
Over the Bun
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This very classic style of wearing a veil allows for the veil to play a greater role in the over-all ensemble. While the hair must not be kept too fancy to get in the way, the veil gets rid of the stress of having to choose a sophisticated hair design. Over the bun styles look best with shorter length veils, such as fingertip or elbow lengths.

Under the Bun
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Wearing a veil under the bun showcases your hairstyle while still adding an extra touch of bridal beauty. Under the bun veils are typically chapel or cathedral lengths, which allows them to flow down seamlessly like a cascading waterfall.