7 Stunning Wedding Veil Styles

Add the finishing touch to your perfect dress with a beautiful wedding veil


Wedding veils are usually the finishing touch when picking out your bridal wear and the right one will beautifully complement your wedding dress.


Although they are not a necessity, many brides choose to wear a veil on their wedding day and they are more than just a fussy piece of fabric that you wear on your head. Veils are treasured accessories to symbolise one of the most special days of your life.

Whether you’re choosing a veil to follow tradition or you just want something to add the crowning glory to the perfect dress, take a look at our round up of stunning wedding veil styles to decide which type is right for you.

Traditional Wedding Veils

Traditional veils should be the finishing touch to any classic bridal look. A traditional veil is usually placed close to the forehead and flows elegantly around your head and upper body, sometimes extending into a long train. This veil suits any hairstyle, whether you keep your locks flowing loose or opt for a formal pinned up style.


Veils from: The Couture Veil

If you choose a traditional wedding veil, you’ll be in good company as many royal brides have walked down the aisle wearing timeless veils. Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge wore a beautiful mid length veil that covered her face and Grace Kelly wore an embroidered one that flowed out in an incredible train.

Joyce Jackson have a range of traditional veils that are beautifully exquisite, and are a great way to complement your bridal look. The veils are finished with delicate embroidery and can be tailored to your choice of length.


Veils from: Joyce Jackson

Birdcage Wedding Veils

Straddling the line between veil and fascinator, birdcage veils are a chic alternative to the traditional veil and are a great option for brides planning a 50s style vintage wedding. Birdcage veils work best with updos and short hair and create a stunning, head-turning look. Sometimes referred to as a face visor, this sophisticated style is perfect for brides who want a less fussy veil option.


Veils from (left to right): Joyce Jackson & Visionary Veils

Cap Veils

Cap wedding veils are a must for brides wanting to incorporate vintage glamour into their wedding. Cap veils are a popular style from the 1920s and 1930s and are a great way to wow your guests. If you’re wearing your hair down, sweep it forward or tie it in a low chignon to make the most of a beautiful cap wedding veil.


Veils from: Visionary Veils

Fashion Veils

Fashion veils are for the bride who is always ahead of the style pack. The sky is the limit with how outlandish you go! A non-white veil with a pop of colour is a very on trend bridal look and added extras such as heavy embellishment, bows and huge flowers make a dramatic statement. For 1920s Gatsby glamour, choose a fashion veil with an embellished headband and feathers!


Veils from: Joyce Jackson


Veils from: Visionary Veils

Short Veils

Short veils sit around the neck and the shoulders and work best on short hair and updos, leaving the décolletage bare to showcase any jewellery. Ramp up the glamour by choosing a short veil that is tiered to give a voluminous, bouffant look! Short veils are a unique look and are the style for you if you don’t do subtle. This length of veil works well on dramatic mermaid wedding gowns or dresses with a sweetheart neckline. Details such as embroidery and scattered embellishment add more wow factor.


Veils from (left to right): Visionary Veils & Joyce Jackson

Mid Length Veils

Mid length veils can sit anywhere from the upper arms down to the waist or hips. This versatile style will frame your face beautifully and the length complements most hairstyles and wedding dresses. If you have mid to long length hair and are wearing it down then a mid length veil is a great accompaniment, especially for boho brides! A simple mid length wedding veil won’t detract any attention away from a show stopper dress, but still adds the right amount of elegance.


Veils from: Joyce Jackson

A mid length veil with details such as embroidery or embellishment, adds charm to your look. Choose mid length veils with bows, flowers or beading at the centre of your head where the veil is fastened for a striking finishing touch.


Veils from (left to right): Rainbow Club Headwear & Visionary veils 

Long Veils

Nothing makes more of a bridal statement than a long flowing veil that extends the length of your dress! Traditional veils are typically quite long but added embellishment and alternative cuts can make this dramatic style more contemporary and unique.


Veils from (left to right): Aye Do Wedding Accessories & Joyce Jackson

A lace wedding veil with embroidery will give your look more of a vintage feel. Veils with lined or embroidered hems will frame your dress nicely and this gives structure to the light material. If you opt for a long veil, perhaps enlist someone to carry the end as you walk down the aisle to avoid any tripping disasters! Kim Kardashian famously wore a spectacular long veil for her wedding to Kanye West; see this and other veils worn by famous brides in our round up of unforgettable celebrity wedding veils.


Veils from (left to right): Rainbow Club Headwear & Visionary Veils


If you want to see more bridal headwear then head to our bridal wear pages. If you’re still not sure on what other wedding hair accessories to go for then check out our handy guide!