While a veil is no longer an absolute must for the modern bride, many women are still choosing to wear them, I find the veil helps to finish the bridal look. The trick is knowing what type of veil to pair with what type of wedding dress to make the best statement. Here is a fantastic guide for assisting you with matching the best veil to your wedding dress!

Courtesy of Wedding Paper Divas
Courtesy of Wedding Paper Divas


A Heavily Embellished Gown
If you have your heart set on a heavily beaded or intricate gown, you can take it a couple of ways with your veil. For the princess bride who loves herself some sparkle, a classic, raw edge cathedral veil with scattered Swarovski crystals that twinkle and shine as you walk down the aisle is absolutely gorgeous. You can also opt for a very plain veil to make sure it doesn’t take away from your stunningly beaded gown.

A Dress with a Statement Back
A breathtaking ornate or sheer illusion lace back is a popular trend. You don’t want to take away from or cover up your beautiful back. I suggest a cathedral style veil without any accents throughout the middle of the veil and only some beading or crystals along the edges, this way your veil is see through and you can still flaunt your gown and bring that sexy back. Think sheer and chic!

A Gown with a Long Train
As long as your gown doesn’t have a ton of back detail, you can pretty much wear any type of veil with a dress that has a long train, I would definitely go for a cathedral length veil.  Just make sure the veil extends past the train.

A Vintage Wedding Dress
Does your wedding dress have a vintage flare? Why not go all out with a birdcage veil to match the vintage feel of your wedding gown?

A Short Wedding Dress
Typically it goes like this, the shorter the dress, the shorter the veil! For a hot cocktail length gown or shorter, opt for a birdcage veil, think Audrey Hepburn!

A Beach-y Bohemian Dress
Getting hitched along the oceanfront? A chapel length veil is great for a beach wedding when you want the veil flowing in the wind. Fabulous for those wedding photos!