Different Types of Veils to Top Off Your Wedding Day Look

A veil has long been considered the finishing touch to any bridal look, and there are more options than ever for modern brides.

Here I can help you navigate the different types of veil options that have been popular in the last few years from chic understated to dramatic statement-making veils.

Birdcage wedding veil

For vintage-inspired brides, a birdcage veil can be an attractive option. It is a short piece of raw-edge netting or tulle that drapes slightly off-centre on the side of the head. It adds a distinctively retro effect without impacting your vision. It makes it an easily wearable accessory that you won’t have to remove. You wish to keep it for most of the wedding.

This style of the veil can be paired with vintage jewelry and https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheBonneBijouterie is one of our favourites.

Short wedding veils

The short length is ideal for no-fuss brides and petite statured. It doesn’t overwhelm your figure and allows you to accessorize without obscuring your wedding gown or limiting your movement.  Due to its relatively small volume, it goes well with any hairstyle too. Our highly recommended bridal hair stylist www.katyavalentina.com can confirm so. Our short (or long) bespoke veils work on many of her brides and their wonderful hairdos.

Flyaway Wedding Veil

A simple veil that barely brushes the shoulders and is therefore considered less formal than other styles. If you’re wearing a wedding dress with a heavily embellished back or neckline, this shoulder-length style is the perfect hair accessory. It won’t distract from your gown. Wear the veil high on the crown of your head to frame your face and create a flirty effect.

Blusher Wedding Veil


The blusher veil is technically just the top layer of a two-tier wedding veil. Blushers are attached to wedding veils of any length including medium and long veil styles, tend to fall between the shoulders and elbows but can sometimes be longer.

It is usually worn before the ceremony. It will be flipped over or removed afterward. If you like the eagerness to wait for your groom to lift the veil or simply love the mystery of hiding your face under a thin layer of netting, blusher is perfect for you. Wedding veils with blushers are considered to be more formal. They’re commonly worn for Catholic weddings and other religious ceremonies.

Medium Wedding Veil Styles

The sweet spot between short and long wedding veils, medium veils are some of the most versatile styles. Their longer length makes them appropriate for semi-formal and formal weddings. You won’t have to worry about accidentally stepping on the veil edge or picking up the fabric to walk.

Elbow Wedding Veil

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As the name implies, this type of veil extends from the crown of your head down to your elbows. Its shorter length makes it a great option for showcasing the skirt or train of your wedding dress while covering your shoulders and back. Elbow-length veils are also a good compromise if you like the look of a veil but don’t want to risk snagging it or feeling restricted with your movements.

Fingertip Wedding Veil

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A very common veil length, this wedding veil style extends to—you guessed it—the fingertips when your arms are resting by your sides. It’s a popular option for any dress silhouette. We have created many beautiful elbow lengths from simple, lace borders and heavily embellished ones to complement our bespoke wedding dresses.

Ballet Wedding Veil


Also called a waltz veil, this medium-length veil is the longest option before you enter floor-length veil territory. It is one rare long veil that offers hassle-free movements and allows you to dance without tripping. Perfect for dancing of course.

Long Wedding Veil Styles

Envision the scene of a veil trailing along the ceremony aisle or draped dramatically down a grand staircase for portraits. If these sound like your idea of iconic wedding moments, then a long veil is for you.

Chapel Wedding Veil

The chapel veil is a semi-formal veil style that reaches to the floor and extends just an inch or two behind a gown hem. It’s often worn in combination with a chapel wedding dress train that is roughly the same length and works well with bridal jumpsuits as for one of our bespoke brides.

If you want to add drama, look for a chapel-length veil that has a blusher or embellishments, such as beading, sequins, lace or crinoline edging.

Cathedral Wedding Veil

The most “bridal” wedding veil style, the cathedral veil is also one of the most formal lengths. This bridal veil extends roughly two feet onto the floor behind your wedding dress, which creates a stunning effect as you walk and pose for portraits. Cathedral has traditionally been the longest wedding veil length, traditionally.

Keep in mind that cathedral-length veils are high-maintenance—you’ll need to have a bridesmaid on standby to help you spread out the fabric and the veil will need to be carried when you walk around.

Royal Wedding Veil

Nowadays, there’s an even longer veil length called “royal” length.  Typically reserved for monarchs and the grandest of weddings, the royal veil pools onto the floor for several (or dozens of) feet behind your dress.

Our bespoke veils are custom-made for almost any measurement. So technically we could create the longest veil for you and possibly beat Princess Diana’s veil which rolled on an unbelievable 25 feet.

Other different types of wedding veils

On top of deciding which veil length works with your bridal style, there are a few different designs you might not be familiar with. If you’re interested in something other than the standard two-tier veil, here are some options. The Juliet veil was popularised by Kate Moss at her wedding. Or Spanish style, the Mantilla veil that sits flat on the top of your hair.

The width of a wedding veil also plays a big part in its overall appearance. A long, wide veil has a much more dramatic appearance than a slim and narrow one as it fully surrounds your train and creates an impressive spread on the floor. It also allows for a more dramatic display of any embellishment or details added to it creating something truly spectacular.  

We love adding a veil to our dress orders and creating a complete bridal look. There is a perfect veil for every dress waiting to be created.