How to Know What Type of Veil is Right for You

Nothing is quite as synonymous with weddings as a long, white veil. And while the traditional headpiece is breathtaking, it isn’t for everyone. Today, we see brides dawning veils with everything from embellishments and crystals to color and lace, and many even ditching the tradition altogether and opting for something a bit more modern.

So how do you choose what veil, if any, is right for you?

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There truly is nothing quite as stunning as a cathedral-length veil for a traditional bride. These veils are the longest option and trail behind the bride as she saunters down the aisle. If the length seems overwhelming, a chapel or floor-length veil will give the same dramatic effect without the extra effort.

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If you’re going for an edgy look for your big day, but still want that bridal feeling you get from a veil, consider a blusher. Blushers give an instant vintage vibe to your whole look and add a touch of romance. If vintage isn’t your thing, ditch the veil altogether, instead opting for a crystal headband or nothing at all—you can make a statement with your hairstyle alone.

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Bohemian brides often choose dresses that scream effortless, so keep that vibe going throughout your whole wedding day look. Add flowers to a messy braid or pull your hair back with a gold leaf headband. It will enhance your look and make you feel like a boho princess as you walk down the aisle.

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Do you have a bit of a taste for all of the above? Consider an elbow-length veil with a sparkly silver trim. The length will give you that instant bridal feeling, but won’t take away from you or the dress, plus the trim adds that little bit of edge you may be looking for. It’s traditional and unique all sewn into one gorgeous piece.

No matter what veil or headpiece you go for, be sure to try it out ahead of time. Bring a few different options with you to your hair and makeup trial to test out what feels right. It’s also a good idea to bring the pieces with you when you go for your dress fitting so you can get the full picture of your gorgeous wedding day look.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Jessica Tzikas is a freelance writer, editor, and content manager from South Florida, who recently moved back to the sunshine state after living in Philadelphia for the past few years. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading by the beach, practicing yoga, and exploring nearby towns with her new husband.