23 May · Kim Houston · No Comments

To Veil or not to Veil?

A veil is the ultimate bridal accessory and can be the perfect addition to show off a fabulous wedding gown. How gorgeous was that moment when Prince Harry lifted Meghans veil and gazed adoringly at her! Such a precious moment between the two of them. I may or may not have shed a few happy tears.Whilst not all of us intend to walk up the aisle in a cathedral with a 5 metre long white silk veil (as Meghan did), depending on the style of wedding dress you choose – a veil could be the perfect accessory. Meghans gown was so simple and elegant with no busy ornamentation or details, so the veil and incredible tiara stood out beautifully. A cathedral length veil mainly works its magic at indoor venues. If the location of your wedding ceremony is outside, then sand, grass (mud) and wind can play havoc. Although some of those wind swept veil photos can look fabulous!The style and length of veil you choose can completely change the style of your outfit. If you have a simple dress design, you may wish to pick a veil with lace, or adornments around the edge to add detail.   If you have a beautiful beaded or embroidered gown, then a veil that is simple and sheer is perfect, and won’t take away from your stunning dress.Sentimental? If your Mum or Grandma happen to still have their wedding veil, this is a lovely touch, and I’m sure they would be honoured for you to wear on the biggest day of your life. I was fortunate enough to wear my late Nana’s veil from her marriage to my Grandpa over 60 years ago.   She was there on my wedding day and I know it meant a lot to her and I.

To Veil or not to Veil?

My beautiful Nana Lois and Grandpa Laurie married in 1951 at St Matthews Cathedral.

Take a look at these gorgeous brides that I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with. They all wore their veils for the ceremony, and took off for the reception, enabling a bit more free movement for the dance floor!

To Veil or not to Veil?

Anna Kidman Photography

To Veil or not to Veil?

Photographer: We Are Wildwood

To Veil or not to Veil?

Photographer: C. Alex De Freitas, Imagining the City



So to veil, or not to veil that is the question. The decision is ultimately yours, and there are so many beautiful ones to choose from.   The experts at the bridal shops can certainly be on hand to guide you.These fantastic tips and veil descriptions below are from Ellie Sanderson who has three bridal boutiques in Buckingham and Oxford in the UK.

Birdcage veil
If your dress doesn’t suit a traditional veil, you might decide to wear a birdcage design instead. Birdcage veils look particularly good if you’re rocking a retro 50s wedding style – you don’t even need to take it off for the evening event if you don’t want to.

Blush veil
The next length of veil is a ‘blush’ veil, which is a single layer of tulle that folds over the face when you’re walking down the aisle and is then moved back when you reach the altar.

Fingertip veil
A fingertip veil is a versatile choice for brides-to-be as it works with most styles of wedding dress, from a simple column gown through to something more ornate. It’s the most popularly chosen veil.

Chapel length
A chapel length veil flows down the length of your wedding dress and it’s one to think about if you’re having a more formal wedding in a church.

Cathedral length
On the other hand, you might want to go all out on your wedding day and have a cathedral-length veil trailing behind you as you process up the aisle. This is a dramatic look (these veils are generally 110-120-inches in length) and it usually matches the length of your train of your wedding dress. If you’re having a very formal wedding then this might suit you, but remember the veil is going to obscure the back of your wedding dress to a certain extent.

  • Your veil should not overpower your dress in any way
  • Most girls wear a veil – over 65% of brides in fact
  • Cathedral-length veils work well on both tall and short girls
  • Fingertip veils look best on tall girls as they make small girls look shorter
  • Shoulder length veils work on any height of bride
  • If you’re wearing a blush veil keep it further forward so it doesn’t get lipstick on it!
  • Think about the decoration of your veil carefully. If you’re wearing a very plain and simple dress, then you could have a more ornate veil decorated with crystals and embroidery.


Kim Houston

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