Among the many decisions you will make, the length of your veil may be one of the most confusing. In part, the decision depends on the look you prefer. Is it short, medium, or long? Your wedding gown style also comes into play.
Very short veils create a dramatic look and draw attention to your face and hair. This is a good choice for a plain gown, with little (if any) detailing. Many also love the “retro look” of a birdcage (or blusher / face) veil with a cocktail-length wedding dress.
Medium-length veils generally create a semi-formal to informal look and make an attractive silhouette with a floor-length gown. If your dress has elaborate detailing at the bodice, consider wearing an elbow or fingertip veil to draw attention to your waist.
Long veils are the most formal of all. The longer your gown, the longer you can wear your veil. While a veil flowing two or three feet behind can look good with a floor-length gown, the general rule of thumb is to wear your veil no longer than the train.
See our veil lengths section for more details on different types of veil.
For more advice on choosing a veil, consider your veil’s:
Shape or Cut
Some veils are u-shaped, others circular, still others flare-cut. Combine with various gathering techniques, and your veil can be as unique as you.
A three tier veil, for example, has a very different look than a mantilla.
White is not always white; and for many, ivory–or another color–is the best choice.