Some of you may not know that there are a million different types of Veils! Okay, not a million, but TEN! Here are the ten types paired with their definitions and pictures. Hope this helps!

1. BLUSHER

This style falls loosely over the bride’s face, extending below her chin but no further than her waist. After the ceremony, the veil can be flipped back over the headpiece or detached altogether. The Blusher is often attached to a longer veil that trails down the back of the bride’s head and gown.

Birdcage Blusher

Modern Blusher

 

2. FLYAWAY

Grazing the shoulders, this veil is the perfect accompaniment for a dress with a detailed back that you don’t want to cover up. It’s multiple layers can be attached to a headpiece or held in place with combs.

3. ELBOW 

Multiple layers of fabric are usually used to fashion this type of veil, which extends to the bride’s elbows. The length makes the veil quite versatile — suitable for formal or less formal gown.

 

4. FINGERTIP

Typically made from a few layers of fabric, this style extends to the bride’s fingertips when her arms are resting at her sides.

 

5. BALLERINA

Also referred to as ballet-length, this style varies in extent, falling anywhere between the bride’s knees and he ankles. It can be paired with a formal or less formal gown.

 

6. CHAPEL

Like the chapel train, this wispy veil grazes the floor, extending a bit more than two yards from the headpiece. It’s length makes it one of the more formal styles.

 

7. CATHEDRAL

The most dramatic and formal style, this veil, which flows three and a half yards or more from a headpiece or crown, is often paired with an equally powerful cathedral train. Because of the vast amount of fabric, the bride who wears this type of veil will require assistance from her attendants.

 

8. THREE-PIECE

One of the more formal veils, this tiered design combines three styles: blusher, fingertip, and chapel.

 

9. BOUFFANT

This raised, poufed style was the height of fashion in the 1950’s. Today’s versions tend to be more streamlined and subdued than those of yesteryear and are no longer worn with a headpiece.

 

10. MANTILLA

Loose in structure and draped over the bride’s head and shoulders like a scarf, this veil is worn without a headpiece and is typically edged in lace.

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