How to choose the perfect veil

With all the preparations that go into planning a wedding, choosing the right veil might not feel like a top priority. It’s a simple decision, usually directly following finding that perfect dress. Here are a few things to consider, when making your decision.

Think about which length suits you best.

1. Veil Length. When deciding on the length of your veil, you need to take a few things into consideration. What would you like to see in your wedding album and gallery? What look are you trying to achieve overall? This is most important when it comes to photography. I will always recommend a veil length between a Waltz length (54″) and a Chapel length (90″) for this reason:

To get those amazing veil floating shots, you must have the length to do so. I am not saying that we can’t get amazing veil shots with a shorter veil, because we totally can! Your veil length will directly correlate to the amount of float in your images. The shorter the veil, the faster the fall, resulting in less float and loss of that epic veil shot you want.

Think about the style of your wedding.

2. The Overall Style. The style of your wedding, should remain cohesive and flow with every decision you are making. Will you be having it outside, will it be rustic or more glam chic? Are you walking down an isle in a large church with wooden pews or a grass pathway between rows of perfectly placed chairs? You will want to pick a veil style and length that is most fitting to your wedding and your style!

Think about the way it will feel to wear your veil.

3. To Bead, or Not To Bead. This is a great question! As a bride who chose a heavily beaded and intricate veil myself, I have one piece of advise regarding this: think about the weight of your veil carefully. I had envisioned an amazing image of my cathedral length veil as I walked down the aisle, beautiful and laid just right. My reality was this, it was so heavy that it dragged on the ground in a pile of gorgeous beading and lace (that no one could see), and I was heart broken. Not to mention the shear weight of the veil on my head was painful after wearing it for only a short time.

My veil was a big deal for me, and even though my photographer did an amazing job capturing it during our portrait time, I really wish I had made a better choice because I wanted that gorgeous aisle shot. Here is an image of the reality behind dragging a super heavy, beaded veil. You can see how it was pulling against the carpet here, even though I had stopped walking.

Think about your gallery.

4. Photography. Choosing the right veil with your wedding album in mind is a great place to start. If you want the creamy bokah images, like what I have here, my advise it to choose a veil that is light, long and simple. Elegance, in my opinion from a photographers perspective, comes from clean and light veil shots. I can use your veil in many ways to create those romantically beautiful images you dream of having on your wall.

To see more wedding ideas, check out my Wedding Board on Pinterest! And as always, as your photographer, I am invested in your day and want your gallery to be the most beautiful reflection of your wedding. I want to help you in anyway I can so please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Need help with your wedding day timeline? I have put together a timeline resource guide to help you when you sit down to write it all out!

  1. Amy says:

    LOVE 🙂 I’m hoping to finally get a bride with a veil for a veil swoop photos… one day..

  2. Suzie says:

    great info.. i’m a long veil girl!!

  3. Catie says:

    Love this! Definitely saving to show my future brides!!

  4. Maria says:

    Love this. I personally love those long veils!

  5. Chris C. says:

    Yes! This is great info for any bride to be. Not all veils are the same and I dont think many people ever consider this. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Jen says:

    Love this! Those long vails have my heart for sure!

  7. Samantha says:

    I love all the photo examples! It really shows the possibilities when you have a pretty veil!

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