How to Choose the Right Wedding Veil

How to Choose the Right Wedding Veil

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Feb 08, 2023

Are you a bride and thinking about wearing a veil on your wedding day? This post today has everything brides need to know about veils from styles, and shades, to when to order your veil as well as veil pricing. Wedding veils are one of the most popular bridal accessories for wedding day. A wedding veil can complete your bridal look for wedding day and help elevate you to feeling truly like a bride. We recently gave some styling tips for wearing bridal gloves on wedding day, and we are going to continue that line of advice with today’s post all about wedding veils. 


When it comes to choosing your bridal accessories for your wedding day, there are a lot of different options to consider. There are many types of wedding veils to choose from including different materials veils are made out of, the various different lengths that wedding veils come in, and the varying price points that wedding veils are available at. It can be hard to decide what style bridal veil you should choose once you have found your dream wedding dress. The different styles and lengths of wedding veils can be confusing if you are not familiar with these details and that is why we are here to help brides be prepared when shopping for their wedding accessories, including their wedding veil. We have all the advice and tips brides need when it comes to choosing the right wedding veil for their wedding day. 


Veil Placement 


Our first piece of advice when it comes to wedding veils is how brides should properly wear their wedding veil. Your wedding veil should be placed right at the crown of your head. Proper placement of your wedding veil is important so that your veil stays in place throughout your wedding day and looks appropriate. You don’t want to place your veil too high so that it is sticking out or risk it falling out. And placed too low will make it look like your veil is coming out of your neck. 


Depending on the length of your hair and how you plan to style your hair on your wedding day will help determine the exact placement of your wedding veil. Your hair stylist on wedding day will be able to help you properly place your wedding veil. We encourage you to bring your wedding veil and any other bridal hair accessories with you to your wedding hair trial so that you can see the overall look. 


Video: Styling Tips for Wedding Day: How to Choose the Right Veil


Be sure to watch this week's advice video so you can see Nayri, our wedding fashion expert, showing examples of the different styles and lengths of wedding veils. This video is helpful to visualize the different options of wedding veils when paired with a slightly embellished wedding dress, so you can see that many different styles of wedding veils will work with each bridal dress. You don't want to miss all our styling tips for wedding day and how to choose the right wedding veil for your wedding day. 





The first style of wedding veil we are going to touch on is called a blusher. This style of wedding veil is to be worn over your face and is a traditional style of wedding veil. There are a couple of different types of blusher wedding veils. You can opt for a blusher that is attached to your wedding veil or one that is separate and on a hair comb all it’s own. It really comes down to personal preference and what type of bridal look and style you are going for. 

We are partial to a blusher that is separate from your veil so you have a bit more versatility. If your blusher and veil are separate items, you can have multiple looks throughout your wedding day. Perhaps you wear the blusher for your wedding ceremony and then only wear your veil for wedding day portraits. If you opt for a long wedding veil, you could then wear just the blusher for your wedding reception entrance if you wanted a fun veil moment for that portion of the day without worrying about tripping over a long veil during your first dance. 


Fingertip Veils


One style of short wedding veil is called a fingertip veil. The length of this style of wedding veil will come to about your fingertips when your arms are at your side. Veils in this style can be paired with a blusher as well. A shorter wedding veil can still give brides a bit of drama to their wedding day look without being overwhelming to manage and move around on wedding day. 


One thing to keep in mind with shorter length wedding veils is the proportions they create while in your wedding dress. A shoulder or fingertip length wedding veil may cause a slight visual disconnect when looking at the back of your wedding dress. If your wedding dress is very detailed or embellished, a shorter veil may cause some visual interruption because of the line of the wedding veil. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just something to be aware of when selecting your wedding veil. 


Cathedral Length Veils


A very classic and traditional option for brides when selected a wedding veil is a cathedral length veil. These veils are long and flowy and can add quite a bit of drama to your wedding day look. Since these veils are so long, there is no interruption of the back of your wedding dress. Everything is elongated and just flows. These types of wedding veils are very classic and are a staple of bridal fashion. 




Another aspect to consider when selecting a wedding veil is the different finishes and details available. Veils come in styles with unfinished edges and with finished edges, or edges with trim. If you opt for an unfinished edge, your wedding veil is likely to blend more and not cause the visual interruption we mentioned earlier. A wedding dress with a finished edge may have a bit of fabric or lace on the edge and so the edge will be more defined. Again, there is no wrong choice here and it all comes down to personal preference.


When considering what style finishes you want on your wedding veil, there is another aspect to keep in mind when it comes to trim. Many veils with trim, especially if the blusher is attached, may actually have the trim backwards once the veil is flipped over to cover your face. This is a fairly minor detail that your wedding guests will not notice, but if you are keen on details, you may want to keep this in mind when shopping for wedding veils. 


There are also veil options with sparkle and pearl detailing. You could have a wedding veil with a sparkle trim with scattered sparkle details throughout the rest of the veil. Or you could opt for a bridal veil that has studded pearls throughout the fabric. A lace trimmed wedding veil is another popular choice. It really just depends on your personal style and what type of veil works best with your wedding gown. 


Take Photos


If you have been following our past wedding fashion advice posts, then you know one big tip we have for brides when wedding dress shopping is to take photos. We always encourage brides to take photos when they are trying on wedding dresses and to look at those photos while still in the dress, while also comparing to how they look in the mirror. The same advice applies to shopping for your wedding veil. Take photos of your different veil options and see how they photograph. Fabrics can look very different in photographs than they do in person. And make sure you are trying on veils while in your wedding dress so you can be sure they look cohesive visually. 


At Lovella, we often hear from brides who are uncertain about wearing a wedding veil. They may not think it is an important bridal accessory or necessary for them to wear as they will likely only have it on for 30 minutes or a half hour. It might seem like a lot to manage when you may only wear a wedding veil for your wedding ceremony and wedding portraits. Even though you might not be physically wearing a veil for that long, your wedding photos will last forever. Some of the wedding photos that photographers take of brides on wedding day with their bridal veils on are sometimes the most dramatic moments and are often selected to be framed in your home. We would encourage you to not compromise on your veil because the photos will last a lifetime.


Buy Your Veil Early


If you are planning on wearing a wedding veil on your wedding day, we highly recommend buying your veil at the same time you purchase your wedding dress. You definitely want to try on wedding veils when you have selected the wedding dress you are going to purchase. You want to make sure that the fabric colors and the materials and styles work together and look cohesive. 


Don’t take the chance of going back to the store to purchase your wedding veil at a later date because stores do sell their sample dresses and your dress may no longer be available to try on. You don’t want to purchase a veil without first making sure it matches your wedding dress. Cross both items off your wedding planning checklist and make your life easier.


Wedding veils can take four to six months to order, depending on the manufacturer and depending on the style, so there may not be enough time to order your veil if you wait until your wedding dress order arrives in store.


Price Points


If you are shopping for your wedding dress and bridal accessories, it is always smart to have a budget set before you start shopping. Just like wedding dresses come in at very different price points, wedding veils also come in a range of prices. It is not just the length of the veil that determines the price of the item. Things like the type of tulle or fabric the veil is made out of as well as any trim or finishes all will factor into the cost of your wedding veil. 


You might be thinking that all cathedral length veils are going to be the most expensive because they have the most fabric but that is not the only factor. Veils with an unfinished edge may be a cheaper option than a veil with trim. A veil that you find online may be cheaper than one from a bridal store, but the cheaper option is likely going to be of a lower quality than what you would find at the bridal salon. The width of your wedding veil is also an important factor in the cost of the wedding veil. 


If you watch the video that goes along with this week’s advice post, the first veil shown in a short length with a trim detail comes in around $450. The second veil at the fingertip length is around $400, and the cathedral length veil with the raw edge is around $495. So when you are comparing different styles, there are a range of options and price points. Remember that blushers that are separate can be paired with any length wedding veil and on average may be around $99 - $150. 


More Wedding Dress Styling Advice


We hope these tips for choosing a wedding veil will be helpful for all brides when thinking about their bridal accessories and overall wedding day look. For more helpful wedding dress and bridal styling advice, be sure to read our past posts:



About Lovella


If you're shopping for your perfect wedding dress, come visit us at Lovella Bridal in Glendale, CA. We carry wedding dresses in all sizes and styles, including plus-size bridal gowns and a full selection of veils and accessories. Lovella Bridal is the premier, luxury bridal wedding dress shopping boutique located in Los Angeles, California. Lovella features couture, feminine, modern and chic bridal gowns in all sizes from the best wedding dress designers. Schedule an appointment to find the wedding dress of your dreams at Lovella Bridal. We can't wait to help you!



About Wedding Fashion Expert


Our wedding dress shopping tips and advice are from Nayri, Lovella's own, in-house wedding fashion expert. Nayri is truly the expert when it comes to bridal fashion and wedding style. As the Wedding Fashion Expert, Nayri is the top bridal fashion stylist and the best-selling author of the book "I'm Getting Married And I Have Nothing To Wear," the ultimate guide to helping brides find their wedding day style and their perfect wedding dress. You can subscribe to her YouTube channel or listen to her podcast for more helpful and practical advice on wedding dress shopping.