The different veil style in order from shortest to longest are birdcage, flyaway, blusher (or shoulder length) fountain, elbow, waterfall, fingertip, waltz, floor length, mantilla, chapel (or sweep), and cathedral. Veil are not mandatory, but they are traditional (particularly in Jewish weddings, where there are used in an unveiling ceremony called the bedeck).

Many modern brides employ a long veil as a more practical alternative to a train. Generally, it is not cut to the same exact length as the dress. It is either longer or shorter usually to connect with the dress.

The placement of the veil will make it feel more or less formal, a spunky, tufted veil places at the top of the head is fun and casual while a vail secured to allow burn runs more formal.  Heavy, intricate mantilla vails are an exception; they are pinted to the top of the head and are very formal and traditional.

Traditional brides will keep their face veiled until the first kiss, but others might just wear a veil for a few portrait photos or keep their face unveiled and let the fabric float behind them.  Once it is time to sit down for dinner most brides will have removed the veil.

Mantilla Veil

A mantilla veil is usually distinguished by an intricate Lace pattern and its placement on top of the head (typically about 2 inches from the headline so that the Lace gently drapes over the side of the face and shoulders).


For a bride who wants to soften her look with a veil that won’t get in the way, playful two-tiered puff of tulle that gently grace the shoulders in perfect for a casual daytime wedding.


Echoing the shape of the bride’s dress, this embroidered elbow-length veil is somewhat forma but still allows the movability. 


 A voluminous hand-embroidered veil adds structure and drama to a simple bias-cut slip dress.