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Choosing which veil to wear on your wedding day can be an overwhelming decision due to the number of styles available. There is also the question of whether you match the details of your wedding dress. And how do you decide the length of the veil versus the dress? To help speed up the decision-making process, we asked Brittany Finkle, CEO and Founder of Happily Ever Borrowed, how to choose the perfect veil. She’s rented thousands of wedding veils from brides over the years, which is why she says choosing the perfect veil can come down to three main categories: length, material and color.
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When it comes to the length of your bridal veil, Finkle says your choice of veil can be based on personal preference. Here, Finkle describes the standard veil lengths available and the look each length conveys.
It is the veil that covers your face as you walk down the aisle. When flipped, it gives a two-tiered look to your veil if paired with another veil worn on the back.
It is the most universally flattering veil. It follows a natural curve of your body and does not cut the line of your dress. For brides with dramatic back dresses this is a popular option as the sheer illusion allows you to see her through the veil.
The Waltz is ideal for brides who want a longer veil, but also want to wear their veil all night. It cuts mid-calf on most brides, so I recommend staying away from ballgown-style dresses here. It works best with sheath or bodycon dresses.
Chapel is one of the most popular veil lengths. It sweeps the floor behind you and gives an elegant look to any form of dress.
This is the best length for the bride who wants to make a grand entrance because of the length of the train.
Finkle says most veils are made of tulle or lace, and different types of tulle will give you a different look.
It is the most common tulle on the market, and it is normally made of polyester. This fabric is best suited for brides looking for a traditional veil.
This is a softer version of illusion tulle. It has a hexagonal mesh shape that hugs the body a little more than Illusion tulle.
It’s the ultimate in sweetness. It is hand knitted in England and drapes like a very soft silk fabric. It gives a totally different look to the traditional veil and is the most expensive tulle there is.
This French style is one of the two most popular types of lace used in veils. It has a distinct floral pattern woven into the fabric and is best identified by the flowers highlighted with cord detailing. It is characterized by its 3D effect and is frequently adorned with seed beads and sequins.
This other popular lace is known for its flat floral pattern and lots of detailing. Brides looking for a soft and romantic lace design will love this lace.
If your dress is pure white, you should stick to a pure white veil, says Finkle. Darker and the color of the veil will look dull compared to the bright white of your dress. Otherwise, any light ivory veil will suit most wedding dresses. If your dress is a true creamy ivory or champagne, then you can opt for an ivory veil, she says.
The color order from brightest white to darkest ivory is:
Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t opt for a pop of color instead. Many brides looking for a modern look may decide to opt for a blush or blue veil instead of the more traditional colors listed above.