If you’ve got your heart set on wearing a wedding veil but you’re feeling overwhelmed by the options, don’t fret as you’re in the right place. From a long design elegantly edged with lace, to a chic shoulder-length style, brides are spoilt with a huge amount of choice when it comes to wedding veils. Once a traditional element of a bride’s attire, they are now considered to be a gorgeous finishing accessory that works hand in hand with your wedding dress.
As wedding veil experts, our team at Rainbow Club have whipped up the ultimate guide, packed with everything you need to know about veils. Keep scrolling and by the end of this feature, you’ll feel utterly prepared and equipped with all the hints, tips and tricks you need to find the perfect wedding veil for your big day…
Wedding Veil Tiers
Firstly, let’s talk about tiers – the rumours are true, they’re not just for wedding cakes. Tiers are essentially the number of ‘layers’ that a wedding veil has, and it can dramatically change the style and feel of how it looks when you put a veil on.
Single-Tier Wedding Veils
A single-tier wedding veil is perhaps the most commonly recognised design amongst brides. The veil is a single layer, flowing from the attachment point (which is usually a comb or a pin) straight down the back. We have a huge collection of single-tier wedding veils, including our Snapdragon Bridal Veil, which is beautifully finished with a soft ivory satin edge.
Two-Tier Wedding Veils
A two-tier wedding veil includes a ‘blusher’ section (hence the term, blushing bride) so that this particular part of the veil can be pulled forward over the face. This is lifted by the groom during the ceremony for that all-important newlywed kiss, before being gracefully placed back over the head so that it becomes two layers of material. Blushers can usually be designed to any length required and it is recommended that you experiment with different designs prior to making your final decision – consider if you would like your blusher to hang above your bridal bouquet, or would you like the material to drape over it? Our Tosca Bridal Veil is one of our most popular two-tiered veils, featuring a Russian braid edge, and is available in two lengths.
Wedding Veil Lengths
Now you’re clued up on wedding veil tiers, it’s time to find out about the different lengths of wedding veils on offer. Traditionally named after the setting they were once used in, there are now no rules or restrictions on what length of veil you can choose. Consider the style of your wedding dress, think about your hairstyle and choose what you feel incredible wearing!
Rainbow Club Team Advice
If you are choosing a longer veil, we would recommend that your veil is around 30cm longer than the end of your wedding dress. Ask your bridal stylist or a member of your wedding party to measure from the top of your head (or where you plan to wear your veil) to the end of the train of your dress.
Floor Length Wedding Veils
Shorter again, floor length wedding veils are around 200cm long. They will just touch the floor with a delicate edge that can be adjusted according to your height. Our beautiful Starfire Wedding Veil is a beautiful example of this, which features scattered crystals and is perfect for brides looking for a hint of sparkle.
Ballet & Fingetip Length Wedding Veils
A shorter yet sophisticated version, ballet length veils are 150cm long and end at around mid-calf length. And as the name suggest, a fingertip length veil is around 120cm long (height dependant) and will fall to around your fingertips when your arms are placed by your sides. If you’re looking for a medium-length design, our Hydrangea Bridal Veil has been finished with an ivory pearl edge that works with all wedding dress styles.
Elbow Length Wedding Veils
The shortest veil choice of all, elbow-length veils are around 60-70cm long (height dependant) and they finish by the elbows. Our Azalea Bridal Veil is a short single-tier, featuring a dainty pearl and crystal edge that is subtle yet stunning.
The Veil Edge Style Guide
Your bridal veil should perfectly complement your wedding dress, so consider the edging you want it to be finished with. Here at Rainbow Club, we have a swoon-worthy collection of edging options, from pearl to lace, and everything in-between.
How To Make Sure Your Wedding Dress and Bridal Veil Are Compatible
We’d always recommend choosing your wedding dress prior to finding your veil. This means you can assess the stand-out points of your dress and decide how your veil can work alongside these, rather than covering them! For instance, if your wedding dress has a detailed and show-stopping back or train, you may want to wear a shorter wedding veil so you can showcase this. On the other hand, perhaps you’ve chosen a very simple gown and you want a wedding veil with the wow-factor! This is the perfect opportunity to go all out and have fun choosing a more elaborate veil to complete your aisle style.
You will also want to think about the bridal hairstyle you’ll be wearing on your wedding day and how this can affect your chosen veil design. Do you want to wear a headpiece? Are you going to have an up-do? This will determine the length of your veil and where on your head you place it. If you can, we recommend buying your veil ahead of your hair trial so you can try out different hairstyles before the big day.
Veils can be secured in place with a crown, tiara, flower, headband and bobby pins or you could even select a veil with something that has already been designed with a headpiece. Offering the beauty of simplicity, our Indigo Bridal Veil is a full-length single-tier design, which has been completed with a stunning silver embellished comb.
Consider The Location And Logistics
The location and logistics of your wedding day should be taken into account when choosing your wedding veil. If you’re getting married on the beach in a far-flung location, do you want your wedding veil to be trailing through the sand? A shorter design (with less layers) may be a more practical and comfortable option for a destination celebration where you know it’s going to be hot! If you’re getting married in a church, you may love the thought of something traditional with added drama, in which case a cathedral length veil is a gorgeous option.
Now you’re clued up on all things wedding veil-related, we suggest you head over to Rainbow Club Wedding Veils and have a browse through our dreamy collection. Our veils have been thoughtfully hand cut from Italian Tulle, bringing you an heirloom piece that you’ll treasure long after the wedding day is over. We have a variety of designs and lengths for you to choose from, so rest assured, we have a style to suit everyone. Happy wedding veil shopping! And in the meantime, make sure you follow us on Instagram for even more aisle style inspiration!