4 Veil Styles Brides Should Know

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The film “The Great Gatsby” made a splash in 2013 fashion trends that have crossed over to current bridal pieces. “That over-the-top look dripping with elegance really came out in 2013 in that movie,” says Tara Antonucci, marketing director of Bella Sera Bridal, in Danvers, Massachusetts. The trend is visible in the addition of vintage jewelry, pearls other ornaments on veils.

Another old-time favorite making a comeback is the birdcage veil, Antonucci says, which wraps around the front of the face from ear to ear. She recommends it especially for girls with shorter hair.


Even a lacy gown works in harmony with a lace veil when styled simply and elegantly.

“If you’re getting a lace dress at least try on a lace veil,” Antonucci says. “Sometimes they can be too much, but if you find the right one it can complement the dress perfectly.”

Don’t be afraid to play with various lace cutouts and patterns to make for the optimal dress and veil combination. And if the gown is already elaborate, offset it with an unadorned veil.

Great Lengths


The birdcage might suit the bolder bride, but nothing says traditional like a long, flowy veil.

“If you have a very elegantly styled dress and you want to show off the back, go for a cathedral length veil,” Antonucci says. “A cathedral veil enhances the most gorgeous detailed dresses.”

And for the bride who seeks a long, but not trailing, veil, “fingertip continues to be most popular length,” says Katherine Masington, an associate buyer for accessories at bridal retailer BHLDN. “A really delicate fingertip with a trim or edge on it doesn’t cut you off at the waist.” She adds that the style also goes beautifully in an outdoor rustic wedding. 

Masington also suggests adding on a flirty applique or two to take an already stunning statement veil to the next level.



For brides who want a look with a major effect, amping up the layers will definitely make a statement. “For a more dramatic look you want to go with a veil that has more than one layer, Masington says.

Keep the veil shape simple and then go wild. “Sleeker oval shape styles are not too fussy,” says Masington. “She’s still able to personalize it with a halo or a crusted comb.” Masington likes designer Debra Moreland’s line in particular for “a little bit of sparkle from far away.”

The blusher is another sweet way to add volume to an otherwise uncomplicated veil.

Antonucci has worked with many women who have shied from blushers, but the charming veil is coming back in style and is widely flattering. “Girls are going back to that traditional walk down the aisle, taking their blusher up over their head,” she says. It’s a beautiful design that makes for a romantic moment.

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