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Most of the questions we receive have to do with wedding veils. We usually get this question from brides looking for long, full-length veils. There are three standard full-length veils — floor length, chapel length, and cathedral length.


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Lynsey here, head veil deer at The Wedding Veil Shop popping in to bring you 9 gorgeous wedding veil styles! Whether you consider yourself to be an ultra-modern bride or a more traditional kind of gal, these wedding veil styles are all going to keep you beautifully in style for the year ahead. Just get in touch! From boho to vintage, contemporary to classic. So what are the different wedding veil styles? Some of which you will definitely recognise, and others you may be seeing for the first time. The two-tier veil is by far the most traditional style of wedding veil in the UK.

A two-tier veil gives brides that classic veiled look as she walks down the aisle.

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See it on some of our real brides below. Although if you do plan to wear the blusher layer over the face, wearing it at the crown or even further forward makes this slightly easier. Wearing it further back can make the blusher hang strangely especially if it has to come up and over a large hairstyle and tiara. A single tier or one-tier veil is a modern evolvement of the traditional two-tier veil above.

Again, anyone. Even tucked low down towards the nape of the brides neck. See our real bride images below. We love the single layer veil and are happy to customise any of our two-tier veils into a single layer version on request. Moving on to one of the newer styles now, we have the beautiful and effortlessly sheer drop veil. Named for the way the veil drops straight down with zero gathering at the comb. This style is made to be worn over the face. The no-gather style means the blusher layer looks gossamer fine without any of the vertical lines caused by gathering to the comb.

The drop veil definitely produces a very soft and feminine look. So perfect for brides with soft, flowing gowns. Definitely a good option or any bohemian babes out there as well. Being a newer style, it can work equally well for more modern bridal gowns as well like the beautiful one worn by our real bride Siobhan below. As with the two-tier veil above, a drop veil will work much better and hang more naturally Traditional wedding veil placed on the top of the head, somewhere between the crown and the front hairline.

Therefore, it works really well with hair that allows for the comb to be inserted at the crown area. More natural, looser hair works best. The beautiful Mantilla is a traditional Spanish wedding veil, almost always made from lace.

Either an all-over lace, which is more typical for authentic Spanish brides. Or a full lace edge that is more commonly seen on brides in the United Kingdom. What Traditional wedding veil a Mantilla veil different from a standard one or two-tier lace edge veil?

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See our beautiful real bride Abigail below wearing it both ways. You might be wondering since the veil can be worn two ways — as a single layer or a two-layer — where does the comb go? They have to be pinned in place instead. This is not ideal for brides who would prefer a more simple solution.

We have included a hidden comb under the lace of our Harmony veil picturedfor example, so this now can only be worn as a one layer veil style as shown, but is super-easy to pop into the hair. Luckily, it was so long, even at the blusher, it stayed put all by itself! The Mantilla is a very striking wedding veil style.

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It can be used to create an exotic, Mediterranean vibe and looks amazing on dark-haired brides as the lace in the hair really pops. It can be combined with an equally lacey wedding gown or a simpler style to tone down the look.

Yes, pretty much. If you are going to have the no blusher option then the lace will be positioned across the top of your head close to the front hairline. As long as the hairstyle you choose can accommodate that, you should have no problems. If you plan to wear the Mantilla veil with a blusher, you might pin it slightly further back near the crown.

If the Mantilla veil you choose does not have a comb, then there is a way you can pin the veil into the hair with a hatpin. A Waterfall veil is a single layer veil with shaped sides that cascade down like Traditional wedding veil waterfall.

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The sides on a typical single layer veil go straight up to the comb. A bold edge finishlike the satin binding in our example, help to really highlight this beautiful effect. The waterfall cut is a really beautiful wedding veil style. It particularly suits longer veil lengths because the longer the veil the more the side shaping has a chance to show itself. I love to see a full-length waterfall cut veil paired with a mermaid dress.

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Yes, you can. A drape veil is a single layer veil that is attached to two separate combs worn on either side of the head connecting a draping section of tulle. For the best effect, opt for a slightly heavier draping tulle like our Silk Effect tulle. The drape wedding veil style would suit a vintage wedding theme.

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It always makes me think of the Downton Abbey era; 20s, 30s. I want to pair it with some chunky art-deco hair jewellery and a gorgeous slinky dress. If you really want to play up the vintage look, you could go for a wide and low chignon and pop the combs above that on either side.

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Perhaps with a sparkly hair accessory in between like our beautiful bride Katie. I therefore find it works best with slinkier dresses like sheaths and mermaids.

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Yes, absolutely. Our gorgeous real bride Olivia below opted for a half-up-half-down hairstyle which looked absolutely stunning. A Juliet cap veil is yet another single layer wedding veil style — who knew there were so many! A two-in-one, if you like.

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The Juliet cap veil is absolutely one for the boho babes out there. It really has that bohemian vibe of carefree elegance.

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Although you might want to avoid too much height on top so as not to distort the cap. Most Juliet caps come without a comb. There is a slightly more exaggerated version of the Juliet cap veil called a Skull cap veil. Traditional wedding veil of the capped section being on the top only and fastened at the sides, the Skull cap veil completely encircles the head. This means you have to wear your hair up and tuck it all into the skull cap.

A birdcage veil is a very different style of wedding veil altogether. But the ones that end near the nose or just across one eye can stay in place. All day if you wish. Our gorgeous real bride Becky kept hers on right through to the first dance which was epic, by the way — I was actually a guest at this wedding! A birdcage veil lends itself beautifully to a vintage wedding theme.

It can also provide a dose of ss Hollywood glamour and suits brides with a chic sense of style.

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You might even spot me dancing up a storm there too! Oh dear. Technically you can. They come attached to a small comb that can be popped in anywhere.

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One is the style. They provide such a distinctive vintage vibe that they look amazing with a matching retro hairstyle. And the second reason is that birdcage veils are funny little things.

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When you first get yours out of the box and pop it in, expecting it to sit jauntily over one eye all by itself, you might be disappointed!

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