Bridal Veil Tutorial – Wedding veil styles

Decisions, decisions…there are so many wedding veil styles to choose from! How can you tell which kind of veil is right for you? In this wedding veil tutorial, you’ll find tips on how to choose a bridal veil.  First, decide if you want to wear the wedding veil with a tiara, headpiece or by itself. Look for bridal veil pictures in magazines and on our website to get an idea of the veil and headpiece style that you like.Also, think about ideas on how you would like to wear your wedding hairstyle…

  • In a formal structured updo
  • In a casual loose updo
  • down and loose
  • a simple wedding hair style
  • half up-half-down wedding hair style
  • or maybe you want to wear a wedding hair accessory such as a flower (a nice touch for a tropical beach wedding) or a rhinestone hair pin

Brides with short hair that isn’t long enough to wear an up-do have options too.

With short hair, you can go with a a narrow headband headpiece that just goes on the top of your head behind your ears. Or you can style your hair in loose curls and intermingle hair accents like flowers, rhinestones or pearl accents. Or, for a wedding hairstyle that is really different from your everyday hair, go for hair extensions!

Having a beach wedding?

You could wear your hair loose with just the front pulled back in a pony tail and a long narrow veil that is attached to pony tail in the back. Or you could just wear your hair loose and wear the veil in the middle back of your head.
How to how to wear a wedding veil,
Then, think about where on your head you want to wear it. It can be…

on the top of your head, towards your
Where to place a wedding veil on your head
on the back of your head further pack over an updo or bun…wedding veil worn worn in the back of the head or on the back of your head
under an updo or bun…

Once you’ve determined where you want to wear it, think about how long you’d like it to be, and measure to that point. That will be the length of your veil.

Next, think about what look you are aiming for. There are a few things to consider:
-The silhouette you want
-If you want the back of your gown to show or not
-If you want a blusher to wear over your face as you walk up the aisle
-If you want a sleek simple look, or an understated look, dramatic look, etc.
-How many tiers (also called layers) you want

A general guide to keep in mind is that if you have an elaborate gown, a simple veil would be a better pick as it wouldn’t “compete” with the gown.

Conversely, if you have a simple gown, you can go with a more elaborate veil with special trims such as rhinestones, beads, pearls, etc. A short gown looks fabulous with a long veil!  Wedding Gowns with an elaborate back that you want to showcase are better matched with sheer veils, such as a 72″ wide veil. This is so the veil won’t obscure the back of the dress.

Here is a wedding veil blusher example.  The top layer of a two tier wedding veil is pulled over the bride’s face.

Blusher wedding veil

Blusher veil worn over the face

Blushers range in length from 25″ to 36″

The blusher veil can be on a separate comb if desired as it gives the flexibility to wear it on a different part of the head. For example, if the primary veil is worn in the back of the head under an undo, the blusher veil can be worn on the top of the head, and removed for photos if desired.

If you want to wear the blusher veil in the same spot as the primary veil, you can wear it “comb behind-comb” with the 2 combs together.

Some 2 tier veils can also be worn with the top layer as a blusher;  just flip the shorter veil over your face.

Wedding Veil Accents
Some popular wedding veil accents are Rhinestones and Crystals. We use Genuine Swarovski Rhinestones and Crystals on our veils, so you can be assured they will sparkle!
– What is the difference between rhinestones & crystals?

Our Rhinestones are silver-foil backed and stand out more on a veil. You can compare it somewhat to a mirrored surface.

Our Crystals are clear with Aurora Borealis (AB) iridescence, which picks up and reflects the many colors around it, like a rainbow. Crystals are a more subtle accent than Rhinestones.
Swarovksi Crystal rhinestone accent

Wedding Veil edge examples

Cut Edge
Veil with a cut or raw edge
Pencil Edge

Wedding Veil Pencil Edge

Wedding Veil with a Pencil Edge

Pearl Edge

Pearl edge wedding veil

Wedding veil pearl edge

Satin Corded Edge
Scattered Pearls
Scattered Rhinestones
Satin Ribbon Edge

wedding veil satin with ribbon edge

wedding veil satin with ribbon edge

It’s best refer to the actual length that you want your veil, as different companies name the veil lengths differing names.

Popular veil styles for brides &Wedding Veil Style Guide

SHOULDER LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: Usually come in the length of from 18″ to 27″,with the most common length of 20″.
ELBOW LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: Usually ranges from 25″ to 36″, with 25″ being the most common length.
WAIST LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: Usually 30″ being the most common length.
FINGERTIP LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: This style of veil typically ranges from 36″ to 50″. Depending on your height, build, etc. the length will vary. This veil should just meet your fingertips. Measure from where you are going to wear the veil on your head to your fingertips to get an idea of the Bridal veil length that is right for you. A 36″ length is the most common length for a fingertip veil.
KNEE LENGTH VEIL: Usually 45″ long.
WALTZ LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: This wedding veil is usually 54″ to 60″. This veil is sometimes also called a Ballerina or Walking veil. The bottom of the veil should land somewhere between your calves and just above the ankles.
CHAPEL LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: This veil just touches the floor. It can range from 60″ to 90″. The most common length is 90″.
CATHEDRAL LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: This veil is dramatic, as it trails after the bride. This can range from 100″ to 110″ long. The most common lengths are 108″ or 120″ long.
REGAL LENGTH BRIDAL VEILS: Are the longest of all veils. They can be as long as 144″– or longer.


White: This is the whitest white. This veil goes with the traditional white wedding gown.
Diamond white
veils are also called Silk White bridal veils or Candlelight Bridal Veils by some companies. This veil color goes well with natural silk gowns.
Ivory: This is a light ivory (also called cream) to go with ivory bridal gowns.


Pencil Edge Veils are also called fine embroidered edge veils or corded edge veils by some companies.



Wedding veils can be cut to form different shapes that will create the style of the veil.  Here are a few of the most common wedding veil styles.

Standard cut – is cut so that the corners are cut off. Picture a rectangle; now round off the 2 bottom corners and that is standard cut. The edges of a standard cut veil start up by your face.
Waist length Wedding Veil 30" long
Angel/cascade cut – this is cut so that the sides start higher on the side of the veil, “cascading” down.

Angel Cut veil

Angel Cut veil

Circular cut – is actually just a big circle. It is automatically a 2 tier veil as when it’s folded in half, you get two layers. This can be gathered at the fold and sewn to a comb. The edges of a circular cut veil are down at the bottom – not up by your face.
circular cut wedding veil
Drop cut – this is another veil that is just a big circle, only there aren’t any gathers and it’s attached to the hair with a hat pin (thru a pin curl)or a small comb. The edges of a drop cut veil are down at the bottom – not up by your face.

Circular cut veil

Circular cut veil

Oval cut – this is cut in the shape of an oval and is usually a one tier veil. The comb is sewn at one end of the veil (with or without gathers). This is the shape of a mantilla veil.

Oval cut veil

Oval cut veil; mantilla


Bubble cut – this is cut so that the tip of the veil (behind the comb” is more “poofy”) which makes the bottom of the veil come in towards the body a little more.

Bubble veil

Bubble veil


Wedding hairstyle for short hair tips…

How do I get the bridal veil comb to stay in my hair if I have short hair or really fine hair?
There are a few methods–One way is for your hairdresser to make pin curls with bobby pins and then push the comb into the pin curls. Another way is to use tiny hair rubber bands to make small pony tails in the area you want to wear the comb. This method works well if you are planning on wearing a wedding veil in short hair.