Choosing the right veil for your wedding day!

Nothing says bride more than a veil.  Most brides that come to us at Astra Bridal start off by saying they aren't going to wear a veil.  Perhaps perceiving it as an outdated tradition.  But it doesn't take long for their stylist to sneak one on their head and for them to fall in love. 

Origins of a veil

There are many theories as to the origin of the veil. Some say to hide the bride’s face from evil spirits. Some say it represents long hair which symbolises virginity.  Others say it was to hide the brides face so the groom couldn’t back out! All fairly unromantic histories for what is a fabulous piece of bridal attire.

There are many options for veils but the start point is the length of the veil.

Veil lengths |


Half veil half headpiece can be called a birdcage or a fascinator as well.  Usually constructed of French netting it covers your face to your chin.  This creates a modern look with a lovely vintage twist.

Veil lengths | | visor veil

Elbow or shoulder length veils

The tulle in these veils extends 30 inches or less. Where the final veil sits is dependent on the placement in your hair.  The prefect length for a less formal bride who doesn’t want  a veil to overpower her look.

Veil lengths | | Elbow length veil

Fingertip veils

Finishing approximately on the thigh, or where your fingertips finish if your arms are hanging.  This veil will show in more of your look.  It is important to get the details of any embellishments to tone in with your gown.

Veil lengths | | Fingertip veil

Floor and longer

This is a veil that is going to be a big part of your overall look.  Great for photography and really adding to the grandeur of a gown with a long train.  Usually with a plain or minimal edge so they don’t take away from the gown.

Veil lengths | | Floor and longer

Veil Frequently asked questions:

What is the bit over the face called?

That is the blusher and in a traditional ceremony the bride wears it up the aisle and then her father folds it back over her head (worth practising especially if Dad isn’t heaps taller than you!) before the vows. 

What veil colour is best.

The veil colour should be tonal with your gown, the edging should mirror or enhance the embellishments on your gown.  Trying on veils while wearing your gown is the best way to get the right match.

When do I take my veil off

Whenever suits.  Most common is when you sit down at the top table.  It is then replaced for the first dance.  But if you are smitten with your veil then leave it on the whole time.  Perfectly acceptable is to take it off after the ceremony and don’t put it back on.

Where is it supposed to sit on my head.

Placement options are either on the top of your head, a really great option if you want to look taller.  Or just at the back of your head near the top.  This is great for creating a triangle behind your face which helps to soften and frame your face.  Lastly the veil can be worn at the nape.  This is a really feminine look for when you don't want the veil to impact your face or hairstyle at all.

 Check out our  Veil article  and view the selection of gorgeous veils available.