Did you know that wearing a veil can be traced all the way back to ancient Rome? Brides used to wear a veil on their wedding day to disguise themselves from evil spirits trying to harm her happiness. Veils disappeared slightly as time progressed but made a comeback when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840. Today, women all around the world love accessorizing their wedding dresses with a contemporary bridal tradition that signifies purity.
Wearing a veil is entirely optional and as society has evolved, so has the veil giving brides many options to complement their own unique style. If you are looking for a breathtaking veil to complete your bridal look, but are unsure where to start, then keep reading. Here are 5 wedding veil styles that you should try on!
If you are looking for a classic yet regal touch to add to your bridal ensemble, a cathedral veil is for you. Also known as the “royal veil”, this stunning piece was recently seen when Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry in 2018. This style glides across the floor and will gracefully fall over three yards from the headpiece making it the longest veil of them all.
A birdcage veil is short in style and delicately frames the face. It is attached to either a comb or a headband often made with Russian fishnet or a translucent tulle. This style originated in the 1940s when veils were made shorter due to budget cuts and a shortage of fabric during the second world war. This style is a different approach to the traditional longer bridal veils, but if you are a retro-chic bride not wanting to mess with a long veil, then a birdcage veil might be best for you!
A blusher veil is a classic yet modern veil that is very popular amongst brides! This style is a shorter piece of tulle that covers the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle. Like the birdcage veil, most blusher veils are attached to a comb or headband that looks amazing with any hairstyle whether that is an updo or worn down. Once the bride walks down the aisle to meet her groom, the blusher veil is lifted back finally revealing her face. Kate Middleton stunned the world in her breathtakingly beautiful wedding gown with a stunning blusher veil when she married Prince Charles in 2011.
If you are looking for a beautiful veil that is a perfect length in all the right places, then a fingertip veil is right for you! This universally flattering style is one of the most common veils worn today and looks lovely on any body type. It is called a fingertip veil because the length is approximately 36 inches long extending to the bride’s fingertips.
Also known as a ballet veil, a waltz veil falls somewhere in between the bride’s knee and the floor when worn. The name of this veil derived from when couples would dance for the first time which usually was a waltz. This is a beautiful style that is perfect for brides that are looking for a longer style but don’t want to worry about tripping over it!
Veils are just as beautiful as they are timeless and make a great addition to any bridal ensemble. When picking your veil, you do not want it to be the focus of your look as you want it to complement your wedding dress. If you are unsure where to start, begin with one of these five veil styles to see which one is best for your unique style!