A Guide To Wedding Veil Styles

There are a number of wedding veil styles that you can choose from there is the: the single tiered veil, tiered veil, mantilla and the cascade veil.

You should not confuse the style with the length of wedding veils which can include shoulder length, waist length and cathedral length wedding veils. You can read more about the length of wedding veil.

It does not matter if you are purchasing a readymade veil, want to make a veil yourself or have your dressmaker create one just for you, the veil styles can all be made in various lengths, fullness's and embellishments.

When looking at the various wedding veil styles and embellishments you should keep a few things in mind:

  • Does it flatter you?
  • Does it highlight the details of your gown?
  • Does it fit in with the ceremony style?
  • Does it match your personality?
  • Does the veil color suit you and your gown?

If you have answered yes to all of the above when trying on the veil you know that you have made the right choice in style and length.

So now let's look at the various style options you have with the veil.

1. Single Tiered Veil

Bride wearing a single tiered veil.
1. Single tiered veil.

This type of veil is made with just one layer of sheer fabric, it is one of the most popular choices for brides.

It is see-through enough to all the details of your dress to be seen which means it will not draw attention away from your dress.

2. Tiered Wedding Veil

Bride wearing a tiara and tiered wedding veil.
2. Multi tiered style wedding veil.

If you are after a veil with more fullness you can add extra layers of sheer fabric which will make the top layer puff out giving fullness to the veil.

The tiers of the veil can be made in various lengths.

3. Cascade Wedding Veil

Bride wearing cascade wedding veil.
3. Cascade style wedding veil.

A cascade veil has two tiers with the shorter veil often used as a blusher veil.

The tiers of this veil and be made in different lengths.

4. Mantilla Wedding Veils

Bride wearing mantilla wedding veil.
4. Mantilla veil style.

This is a Spanish style veil which is traditionally worn over a high decorative comb but most modern brides will have the veil sit directly on top of their wedding hairdo or with a close fitting cap such as a Juliet Cap.

This veil is a circular shape with a lace edge and can be made in any length.