FAQs: How to Select the Perfect Bridal Veil for Your Wedding Dress

Incorporating a bridal veil into your wedding attire is a great way to create an elegant, classic look. If you are thinking about wearing a veil, but you don’t know the first thing about selecting the right one, here are a few frequently asked questions to help you decide.

What color veil should I have? 

Many veils will come in white, ivory, and champagne/butterscotch. It’s ideal to match your veil with the color of your dress. Sometimes, the sheer material can make it difficult to tell the difference between a white veil and an ivory veil. However, you should be able to see a slight variation in the color of the veil’s comb, where much of the material is gathered together. If there is a comb, use it as a guide to check color.

What’s a good length for my veil?

As a rule of thumb, your veil should fall a minimum of 3″ below the back neckline of your gown and should not cover the details of your dress. It also looks better if there is no break showing exposed skin between the veil and the top of the gown. Floor length veils look best when they are either the same length as the dresses’ train or just a little longer than the train. Here are the six bridal veil lengths to consider:

  1. Birdcage
  2. Blusher
  3. Fingertip
  4. Ballet
  5. Chapel
  6. Cathedral

Is a beaded veil appropriate?

Beading on the trim of your veil is a matter of preference. If your wedding dress includes bead work, then consider opting for a less bead-heavy veil so not to take the attention away from your dress. A veil is merely an accessory and should not be the main attraction.

Where should I place my veil?

If you are placing a veil beneath an updo on the back of the head, use a small comb that will tuck into the hair nicely. Your veil should be placed just behind the crown of your head so that it falls nicely on the shoulders. Some veils are capped, making it easier to determine the proper positioning.

Should I wear a blusher? 

If you’re incorporated an unveiling to your ceremony’s program, then by all means, where a blusher! If you are marrying in a formal church, you may consider tradition. Some formal churches frown upon exposed shoulders, so a blusher is a subtle way to compromise as you head down the aisle.

Do I have to wear my veil to my reception?

You don’t. But many wedding photographers may suggest that you wear your veil at least until after the cake cutting for better image quality and continuity on your wedding photos.

Featured Cover Image Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige




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