Bené, BM’s resident fashion contributor, here. And today, I have an extra special treat in store.

I’m taking an in-depth look at my absolute favorite bridal accessory—the veil.

If you’ve ever been to a bridal gown fitting, then you know that the time to cue the tissues is always the moment a bride first tries on a veil with her gown.

A veil is a seemingly simple accessory, but it has the power to completely transform an entire look.

It’s pure magic.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Kyle John Photography via Burnett’s Boards

Top Tips for Picking Out a Veil

Before we delve into all of today’s veil goodness, take a peek at our top three tips to keep in mind when picking out a veil:

Tip 1 | Consider your wedding dress. It’s best to find a dress first and then choose a veil that enhances your gown. For example, if you have a lace or beaded dress, look for a veil that compliments those elements. Remember, a veil should never take center stage or draw attention away from you and your dress.

Tip 2 | Take your venue into account. If your ceremony is taking place in a large, elaborate church, you may want to consider a dramatic, long veil. Alternatively, if you’re getting married outdoors during a windy season, it’s best to opt for a veil that’s shorter in length. This will prevent the veil from blowing too much or even flying away.

Tip 3 | Keep your hairstyle in mind. Most veils work well with down hairstyles. But if you’re planning on a more intricate hairstyle, choose a thin or sheer veil that won’t completely conceal your hair. Whether you’re doing your own hair or getting it done by a professional, it’s a good idea to practice placing and fastening your veil before the big day.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Brett Heidebrecht Photography

The Bridal Veil Style Guide

With so many different veil styles, the task to find the perfect veil might seem a bit overwhelming.

But you’re in luck—I’ve put together the ultimate bridal veil guide, featuring 10 of the most coveted veil styles. So without further ado…

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Birdcage Veils

Birdcage veils are short veils that are typically made out of netting. They only cover a portion of a bride’s face and fall above the chin.

These veils are perfect for brides with a vintage vibe, and they pair especially well with short wedding dresses.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Birdcage Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Elizabeth Messina via Etsy (myrakim)

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Birdcage Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Birdcage Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

 Photo by Jarred Tyers Photography via Etsy (percyhandmade)


Blusher Veils

A blusher covers a bride’s entire face and ends around the shoulders. This veil is commonly paired with a longer veil and worn during more conservative ceremonies.

At the beginning of a ceremony, the person that walks the bride down the aisle (often the father of the bride) pulls back the blusher to reveal the bride’s face. Or at the end of a ceremony, the groom pulls back the blusher right before kissing the bride.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Blusher Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

 Photo by A Simple Photograph via Style Me Pretty

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Blusher Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Elizabeth Messina via Twigs & Honey

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Blusher Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Adamo Imagery via Etsy (GildedShadows)


Fly-Away Veils

A fly-away veil falls at or below the shoulders, and it’s another great option for vintage brides or for short wedding dresses.

Compared to birdcage veils, fly-away veils make a bigger statement and offer more volume.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Fly-Away Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Lucy Birkhead Photography via Bridal Musings

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Fly-Away Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Greg Finck

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Fly-Away Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Jodie Chapman via Style Me Pretty


Elbow-Length Veils

An elbow-length veil falls right around a bride’s elbows or waistline.

This pick looks flattering with almost any wedding dress style. It’s ideal for a bride looking for an easy, hassle-free veil.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Elbow-Length Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Karie Denny via Etsy (mignonnehandmade)

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Elbow-Length Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by O’Malley Photographers via Once Wed

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Elbow-Length Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Erich McVey Photography via Wedding Sparrow


Fingertip Veils

A fingertip veil falls at or right below a bride’s fingertips. This is a timeless and elegant veil length. (Who could forget Kate Middleton’s stunning veil?)

Fingertip veils have just enough length to add a “wow” factor, but they’re not too over-the-top.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Fingertip Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Jemma Keech Photography via Etsy (percyhandmade)

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Fingertip Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Jessica Burke via Once Wed

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Fingertip Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Michelle March via Once Wed


Ballet Veils

Also known as a waltz or ballerina veil, the ballet veil falls below the fingertips and above the ground. It’s typically knee or ankle length.

This style is perfect for brides that love the look of a long veil, but don’t want to commit to a veil that actually touches the ground.

With the ballet style, you don’t have to worry about someone stepping on or tripping over your veil.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Ballet Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Caroline Tran via Green Wedding Shoes

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Ballet Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Ashleigh Jayne Photography via Southern Weddings

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Ballet Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Amy Arrington Photography via Southern Weddings


Chapel Veils

Chapel veils fall at the ground or a couple of inches beyond a bridal gown. These veils are definitely statement pieces and instantly create a dreamy, romantic feel.

Veils at or beyond chapel-length are often removed after the wedding ceremony (and before the reception) so that a bride can walk and dance with ease.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Chapel Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Photographs by Caileigh via Burnett’s Boards

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Chapel Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Jemma Keech Photography via Percy Handmade

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Chapel Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Caroline Tran via Green Wedding Shoes


Cathedral Veils

A cathedral veil is the longest veil style—this veil trails behind a bride, well beyond her dress.

If you’re looking to create a dramatic effect, then a cathedral veil is the only way to go. Not to mention, this veil style is a wedding photographer’s dream because it lends itself to the most incredible bridal pictures. Case in point below.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Cathedral Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Erich McVey

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Cathedral Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Lauren Peele Photography via Wedding Chicks

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Cathedral Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Ali & Garrett Wedding Photographers via Burnett’s Boards


Juliet Cap Veils

Juliet cap veils come in a variety of lengths and have a vintage look that’s tied specifically to the 1920s and 30s.

Thanks to Downton Abbey (and, of course, Kate Moss), the juliet cap is the “it” veil of the moment. This veil style is perfect for a chic bride with a nostalgic side.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Juliet Cap Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Altas & Elia Photography via Etsy (MelindaRoseDesign)

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Juliet Cap Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Bryce Covey via Once Wed

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Juliet Cap Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Loblee Photography via Etsy (danani)


Mantilla Veils

The mantilla veil is another style that comes in different lengths. Typically, a mantilla veil is round and lined with lace.

A bride should pin a mantilla veil about two inches from her hairline so that the lace trimming frames the side of her face and drapes downward. This is a gorgeous option to draw attention to a blushing bride’s glowing features.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Mantilla Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Brumley & Wells via Etsy (sibodesigns)

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Mantilla Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Michelle Boyd via Magnolia Rouge

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Veils: The Mantilla Veil | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Photo by Clary Pfeiffer

There you have it, all the details and inspiration you need to complete your wedding-day look with the perfect veil.

We want to know, which veil styles are your favorite?

I must admit that I’m partial to the cathedral style since I wore a long, flowing veil on my own wedding day. Though, I can’t help but swoon over the vintage look of the birdcage, fly-away, and juliet cap veils.

Still looking for pieces to polish off your wedding-day look? See even more bridal accessories.