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The Veil Style Guide for Every Type of Bride

by Katherine Callaghan

You found the dress and now it’s time to time to find the perfect veil! There are so many styles and lengths of veils to choose from and it’s wise before you go dress shopping to familiarize yourself with the various veil options.

As I start my wedding dress quest, I have strong opinions about the kind of veil I want. I don’t want to give too much away because I’m keeping everything a surprise until I reveal everything in our Real Wedding feature, but I know I’m not the only bride out there paying very close attention to their veil choice.

There’s a veil length for every bride-to-be and below is our ultimate visual guide to wedding veil lengths!

Birdcage Veil

This veil style is for the vintage bride. This veil is the perfect no-fuss option for the bride who wants a veil, however, doesn’t want to deal with dragging a train all day.

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Photo: Style Me Pretty via Jose Villa Photographer

 Blusher Veil

The blusher veil is for the very traditional bride. The blusher is usually an attached to a long veil and is worn over the face. Pippa Middleton demonstrates how a traditional blusher veil makes for stunning wedding photos!

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Pippa Middleton | Photo: Splash News

Fly-Away Veils

What’s admirable about this option is it falls just above the shoulders and adds volume to your bridal look, while still not fussing with a long veil on your big day.

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Photo: George Street Photo & Video

Elbow-Length Veil

This universally flattering veil style is perfect for any kind of bride! It falls between the bride’s (you guessed it!) elbow and waistline!

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Photo: George Street Photo & Video

Fingertip Veil

This style veil falls just below a bride’s fingertips. This mid-length veil enters drama territory and is perfect for the bride who wants to show off the intricate details on the back of their gown.

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Photo: George Street Photo & Video

 Ballet Veil

The ballet veil, also known as the princess or the waltz veil, is one of the most popular veil styles amongst brides-to-be. This veil can also be worn as a single or double layer–depending on the bride’s vision.

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Photo: George Street Photo & Video

Chapel veil

Also known as the floor-length veil, this style veil falls to the ground or a couple of inches after the train.  Like the ballet veil, this style can also be worn as a single or a double layer and can also be heavily decorated with everything from lace to crystals and more!

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Photo: George Street Photo & Video

Cathedral Veil

If you’re a bride-to-be looking for a dramatic bridal look, then this is the veil style for you! This veil extends far beyond the train of the dress, sometimes as much as ten to twelve feet past the dress! This is the ultimate down-the-aisle look that is fit for royalty and will leave everyone speechless!

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Nicky Hilton | Photo: Splash News

Mantilla Veils

The mantilla veil is trimmed in lace and worn over the head and shoulders. The mantilla veil adds drama in a very elegant fashion and is often worn alone without a headpiece (i.e.: tiara, headband, comb etc). This veil can come in a variety of lengths ranging from elbow-length to cathedral.

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Photo: JoPhoto