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<< Back to ListHow to Perfectly Choose and Wear the Wedding Veil

Last updated : Sep 20, 2017 22:14 PM

Bridal wedding veils are one of the most traditional and popular accessories for your wedding. In order to help you to choose the right one, our helpful tipsread as follows


Hair Apparent:
To showcase your hairstyle, choose a veil that fastens underneath your 'do or one you'll remove for the reception.  Otherwise, you can opt for a veil that you'll wear throughout the event. In this case, your hair will simply support the veil. 

What's Your Function:
How long you plan on wearing your veil can dictate how long it should be. Wearing it for the ceremony only? Go ahead and get one that rivals Princess Di's. But if you want to wear your veil until the party's over, you'll need a more functional approach - either a shorter veil or a multi-layered one with a top layer that can be worn on it's own during the reception. You can also ask your seamstress to create a bustle for a longer veil (that's right, your train and your veil can be bustled!).

Picture Perfect:
If you plan to remove your veil immediately after the ceremony, keep in mind that it won't appear in post-ceremony or first dance pictures.  To ensure this classic accessory is adequately documented, many brides wait to remove the veil after the first dance.

Jazzing it Up:
Your veil should not compete with your dress, so if you're donning an elaborately embellished gown, keep your veil clean and simple.  Also, any ornamentation on your veil should start below where your dress embellishments end.

A Question of Formality:
Your veil - like your gown - should remain consistent with the formality of your wedding. In other words, lose the cathedral-length veil if yours is a simple beachside ceremony. 

When it comes to color and embellishments, your veil should complement your wedding dress - not mimic it.  Don't obsess about finding a perfect match.

Length Guide: 

blusher.gifBlusher: The blusher is a short, single layer veil worn over your face during the ceremony, then flipped back over the head or removed before "kiss the bride." You can wear a blusher solo or with a longer veil.

flyaway.gifFlyaway: The flyaway veil is multi-layered and barely brushes the shoulders.  This veil is appropriate for more casual looks. 

elbow.gifElbow: As the name implies, an elbow length veil extends to your elbows, providing the grace of a veil without overpowering your dress.  This style is very popular for more casual weddings.

fingertip.gifFinger Tip: The finger tip veil extends to your fingertips when your arms are hanging naturally. This popular veil length complements most wedding dresses - from sleek sheaths to elaborate ball gowns. 

chapel.gifChapel: The chapel veil extends to the floor, falling 2.5 yards from your headpiece and flowing over your train.  This veil complements the length of your train and is appropriate for more formal weddings and attire.

cathedral.gifCathedral: The cathedral veil - or royal veil - is the most formal.  It extends 3.5 yards from your headpiece and is usually worn with a cathedral-length train. 

Double Tier: Like the name suggests, a double tier veil consists of two layers (either two veils or a veil and a blusher) that extend to different lengths.

Ballet Veil.gifWaltz or Ballet: This long veil falls between your knees and ankles, a good option if you prefer a long veil, but your dress does not have a train.  (you won't trip on it while dancing, hence the namesake.)

Fountain: The fountain veil gathers at the crown of your head and cascades around the face to your shoulders or elbows. 

Mantilla: This Spanish-inspired veil - often made of lace - drapes over the head to varying lengths.  A headpiece isn't necessary to keep it in place. 

Pouf: The pouf veil features gathered material added to the point where it connects to your headpiece, creating added volume.  This style works with most veil lengths.

How about wearing the veil with a comb as well as how to wear a tiara? You can check the detailed steps from the below,



Step #1:
Begin by holding the comb upside down, with the concave side upward, as in the photo. Both layers of tulle are pulled backward. The blusher, which is the shorter layer, is on top.

how to ear a veil  

Step #2:
Rotate the comb forward as shown in the next three photos.

how to wear a tiara  

Just for reference, this is the WRONG WAY to hold the comb.


Step #3:
With the concave side of the comb now downward, slide it into the hair.

how to put on a wedding veil  

Step #4:
Slide the tiara on at a 45-degree angle.

how to put on a wedding tiara  

Step #5:
Adjust the tiara so that there is no gap between the veil and the tiara. For a snug fit, you may have to gently bend the tiara band to fit the shape of your head. If there are thin metal fingers on the tiara, these may also be adjusted for the most comfortable and secure fit.
** Note: the combs do not bend, only the headband or tiara style headpieces will bend
(see an example of a comb on the right).

wearing a tiara with a veil  

Step #6:
If you have pin loops like these, secure the tiara with bobbypins through the pin loops to hold it in place.

how to wear a wedding tiara with veil  

Step #7:
Cover the ends of the exposed band with hair.


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