How to choose a veil length that works best with my dress

This is one of the most common questions I get from brides. And understandably so! Am I right?! Choosing the right wedding veil for your dress is a huge decision and can be overwhelming. Not to worry! I have compiled a list of tips and recommendations that should help you tremendously in making the right decision so you look AMAZING on your wedding day. 


Tip 1 

First and foremost, amid all of the choices you have available finding a veil that compliments your dress should be top priority! Don't just choose a veil because you like it. You want your dress to be the star of the show so it is important to find a veil that enhances that gown rather than competes with it. So how do you find a dress that compliments rather than competes? Read on for more styling tips. 

Floor Length Chantilly Lace Mantilla Bridal Veil

 Floor Length Mantilla Veil with French Alencon Lace


Tip 2

When choosing your veil length you will want to figure out what shape or silhouette your dress is. Certain lengths go better with certain shapes. And certain lengths should be avoided for particular shapes. Below is a chart of the most common dress silhouettes. 

 Wedding Dress Shape Guide

Tip 3 

After you have decided which shape best resembles your dress you can decide on your length. The basic rule of thumb for long dresses is that you want the veil to flow with the dress. This helps move the eye gracefully down the dress rather than creating an abrupt interruption. The most flattering and universal length is the fingertip length veil because it flows into the skirt or ends at a natural curve point on the body. 

Fingertip Length Drop Veil
Here are a few suggestions for your dress style that are commonly the most flattering:

Ball gown: Almost any length works with this dress. Avoid a ballet or waltz length. The ballet length will look fine from the front but from the back it will end at an unnatural point and cut off the flow of your dress' 

A-line or Modified A-line: Basically the same length suggestions for the ball gown work for the A-line as well.

Trumpet or Mermaid: The best lengths for these are either a fingertip length or longer veil that has a train such as a chapel length or a cathedral length. Birdcage veils also look beautiful with these styles. Avoid the elbow length. Its too short and creates more disruptions in an already curvy style.

Column/Sheath: The best lengths for this style are fingertip, ballet/waltz or a floor length. And elbow length will work as well. Just make sure its not too short. It should end at least at the waist. If you would like a train I would choose a length that barely drags on the floor. Just like the photo above. Avoid anything longer as it is just too much veil for this simple shape.

Tea Length: The best lengths are shoulder length or birdcage veils. You could also go with an elbow length veil if you want something a little longer. 

Short Dress/Cocktail Length: The birdcage veils work best with short styles but I have even seen brides pull off longer lengths. If you go longer just make sure the veil will feel balanced with the dress shape. This is harder to pull off and works better with a waist-less style dress. 


Tip 4

Now that you have narrowed down your options its time to ask yourself if you want a long veil with a train/no train or a shorter veil. 

Longer veils are beautiful, dramatic and more formal but will typically need to be removed after the ceremony. However you can leave the veil on it will just be more maintenance during the reception.

 Shorter veils are a little less formal feeling and low maintenance. 

Silk Chiffon Veil with French Lace

 Floor Length Silk Chiffon with French Lace

I hope you have found these tips helpful in narrowing down which lengths to looks to consider! Now that you have a better idea of which styles to look at checkout the veils we have in our shop. Click the link below. 


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1 Response

Victoria  Butler
Victoria Butler

June 24, 2017

Would a waltz length/knee length 2 tier veil work with a mermaid dress? I’m having a hard time with the veil selection.

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