January 3, 2023

How to Choose a Veil for Your Wedding Dress

If you’re wondering how to choose a veil for your wedding dress, know you’re not alone! This question sits high on brides’ agendas during their wedding planning adventures. Choosing the right veil to match your dress can be a very personal choice, though I can certainly help steer you in the right direction to get started.

In this blog, I’ll describe a few characteristics about veils and in the video at the bottom, I’ll show you which veils pair best with specific gown types (i.e. lace, satin, etc.).

Veil Length

In my bridal boutique, I find that sometimes brides stress about lengths when they’re figuring out how to choose a veil. When I recognize this, I assure them there usually isn’t a right or wrong length for most gowns.

While there are many in-between cuts, the two most popular lengths for veils are fingertip and cathedral. Fingertip veils generally hit somewhere between the bottom of your bum and the tips of your fingers. Cathedral veils are generally at least 110″ long and look best when they are at least a few inches longer than your train.

Bouquet and asymmetrical floral arch with pink and ivory roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, carnations, and greenery with a pink painterly backdrop. Martina Liana 1060 beaded strapless fit-and-flare lace gown from The White Flower. Cavin Elizabeth Photography - film photographer in San Diego.
Bride in Carolina Herrera silk v neck gown and cathedral veil with pink and ivory bridal bouquet with ivory ribbon for a wedding at Rancho Valencia. Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Veil Trims

Unless the veil has a raw edge (plain tulle), it often features a fabric or beaded edge trim. Lace trims are quite popular, as well as various thicknesses of satin or organza ribbon. Delicate beaded edges happen to be some of my favorite and we sell many of them at my bridal boutique in San Diego.

Bonbon delicate ivory beaded edge veil from Justine M Couture. Cavin Elizabeth Photography on Fuji film

Full Veil Embellishments

Some veils may only have embellishment on the edge, while others have embellishment only on or also on the body of the veil. Popular styles with all over embellishments include pearl veils or veils with beautiful floral detailing!

Twigs and Honey gold floral embellished veil paired with Kelly Faetanini crepe sweetheart neck off the shoulder fit to flare gown from The White Flower. Cavin Elizabeth Photography - film photographer in San Diego.

How to Choose a Veil for Your Wedding Dress

Watch my video below to learn more about selecting a beautiful veil to pair with your gown. Whether you want a fingertip or cathedral veil, you’ll learn which “edge” or “body” decoration will best suit your desired aesthetic.