Betty Gets Hitched wedding veil guide

A veil can be a beautiful addition to your wedding day look, although it can seem like a bit of a minefield for brides to know which style will work best for them! With years of experience of designing and making bridal veils and styling many brides for their wedding day, we have created a guide to help you choose the best veil to finish off your look for the all-important day.

Different veil styles

Single tier veil – This veil has a single layer of tulle which falls from the comb and drapes over the back, with light gathers at the top of the comb. There is no blusher (a second layer of tulle which can be worn over the face) and it creates a simple and elegant look. This style of veil works with most wedding dresses or bridal separates, and can either be a shorter fingertip length such as our Alice veil or a long flowing chapel length like our Edith veil. Both styles of veil have a barely there look and won’t take anything away from your wedding dress. For a single tier veil with real wow factor, we recommend our Piper Pearl chapel length veil. An ivory veil scattered with beautiful ivory pearls throughout, it has a more modern contemporary vibe and gives extra glam to really complement a simpler wedding dress!

Double tier veil – This veil style comprises of a continuous layer of tulle, which is folded over at the comb to create two layers. The top layer is always shorter and can be worn over your face for the ceremony; it's a style that tends to be very popular for more traditional and religious ceremonies or brides wanting extra fullness to their veil. A double tier veil can also be worn with both layers to the back if you do not want it over the face; this frames the face beautifully in photos and gives it more body. Our Mia veil is made with illusion tulle and holds its fuller shape beautifully as the tulle fabric has more structure; it is also scattered throughout with Swarovski crystals, which have a lovely subtle sparkle. In contrast our Allegra veil is made with a softer tulle which falls softly, and has a delicate wide lace scalloped edge around the bottom. This veil is ideal if you want to create more drama to your train when walking down the aisle!

Lace edged veil – This style of veil is either partially or fully edged with a scalloped lace trim, and can complement a more traditional style of lace wedding dress or give a boho vibe to soft lines, floaty dresses and relaxed bridal separates. Our Coco veil has a bohemian feel with a delicate eyelash lace edging around the bottom, and our Everly veil is fingertip length which beautifully frames the upper part of the body.

Draped veil – This is a lovely dreamy veil style, with two small metal combs on each end to create a soft drape. It looks great with wedding dresses which have a low back, and captures the essence of a more boho style look. Our Avery veil is simple, elegant and can be ordered in different lengths to suit your style.

Cape veil – A bridal cape is a chic and modern yet ethereal take on a bridal veil for a soft, yet statement look. Our Willow cape is an effortlessly elegant design, and works with many different styles of wedding dresses and bridal separates. Perfect for the bride wanting a veil alternative that breaks away from tradition.

Crystal veilWedding veils with scattered crystals are the perfect way to add subtle sparkle to your wedding day look. Paired with a simple wedding dress they add some glamour, and can also complement a more embellished bridal gown. Our chapel length Lana veil and fingertip length Faye veil are scattered with Swarovski crystals, and catch the light for that extra wow factor.

Satin edged veil – With a fine satin binding attached all the way around the edge, this modern contemporary style of veil looks sublime with simple satin and crepe wedding dresses for a chic bridal look. Our Darcey veil has a double layer and frames your face beautifully with a chic satin finish, available in both off-white and ivory.

Wedding veil lengths

Elbow length – A short veil at approximately 25” long, our elbow length veils fall at the longest point on the centre back of the veil - roughly around the point of your elbows. This varies slightly depending on your body proportions.

Fingertip length – This style is approximately 42” long with the sides sitting somewhere between your wrist and fingertips, depending on body proportions when your arms are falling at your sides. The back of the veil sits just below your hips which will vary depending on your height.
Ballet length – Our ballet veils are approximately 58” long and fall roughly at mid-calf, varying slightly depending on your height.
Chapel length – Our chapel veils are 95” long and fall beautifully over a train. Perfect for puddle or medium sized trains.
Cathedral length – Measuring 108” long, our cathedral veils are for brides wanting dramatic length or with an extra long train. Most of our chapel length veils can be custom made to cathedral length; for special lengths please email us and we’ll be happy to discuss this with you.

If you love one of our bridal veils and think it would work perfectly with your dress or bridal separates but are unsure of which colour to choose, we recommend that you order fabric samples of your chosen veil. We include the different colourways of tulle available and will even add a small sample of any trimmings for you to see. All our veils are made with love and care, and can be shipped worldwide.

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