Veil or No Veil?

Veils are a traditional wedding accessory, and can really enhance the look of your dress. Different styles can accentuate your look. Read our handy guide to veils below, to see what type of veil, if any you would choose.

There are many stories of the origin of a bride’s veil. Some say that the veil was introduced in ancient Rome. People of that era believed that evil spirits would be attracted to the bride, so they covered her face with a veil in order to conceal her features and confuse them. The definition of veil is to “obscure, shroud, mask or cover, so perhaps that is how the bridal “veil” got its name.

It’s also said the in medieval times, the veil was used to protect her from “the evil eye” and was a symbol of purity, chastity, and modesty.

veil 1Others say the the origin of the bridal veil was due to the circumstances of an arranged marriage. In days past, men bargained with an eligible young lady’s father for their hand in marriage. AFTER the ceremony, the veil was lifted to reveal the brides features. This was to keep a groom from backing out of the deal if he didn’t like what he saw.


Some say that the veil was used in days past as a symbol of a bride’s submission and willingness to obey her new husband.

However today the veil is considered a bridal accessory and is the final crowning touch! Bridal Gowns are transformed with the addition of a veil. Some brides comment that they don’t “feel” like a bride until they have a veil on their head.

What are the different lengths and what wedding dresses do they go with? veil

Cathedral: About 120 inches of pure drama; oft worn by royal brides.
Best with: A princessy ball gown (with train) and a titled groom.

Birdcage: A small, wide-net veil that covers only your face.
Best with: A vintage style or a short dress. (It's just the thing for a city-hall affair.)

Flyaway: Hits a little below your shoulders to create a voluminous triangle shape.
Best with: A more casual style, like a lacy sheath.

Elbow: Extends to your elbows for a semiformal look.
Best with: A full-skirted gown with little to no train. (And it won't overwhelm petites.)

Fingertip: Reaches just past your hands.
Best with: Both body skimmers and ball gowns. (Duchess Kate wore one!)

Ballet: A less-common choice, hits right at your ankles. Also known as a waltz veil.
Best with: An ankle-length dress for a clean silhouette.

Chapel: Ninety inches long; drags (a bit!) on the ground.
Best with: A statement gown that puddles so the veil can glide along with your dress.


Come along to our Accessory Evening on Weds 20th May and look at some stunning veils as well as lots of tiaras and headpieces.