The Different Kinds of Bridal Veils

To wear a veil or not wear a veil? That is the question.

Wedding veils today are usually made of tulle and sometimes decorated with embellishments like lace, beading, or embroidery. It could be a real statement accessory for your wedding look or a subtle enhancer.

Now, if we go into the history of the veil, you'll find many reasons and meanings on why veils were used during sacred wedding ceremonies. Some believe it's to keep evil spirits away, while others saw it as a way to represent an "untouched maiden". Nowadays, most women see it as a symbol for purity and innocence. The varied symbolic meanings for veils stemmed from ancient history and different cultures is probably why it's considered to one of the oldest and most iconic bridal accessories out there.

Is wearing a veil for you? To be quite frank, wearing a veil during your wedding ceremony could come down to your culture, your religion, or even as simply as how you want to look on your wedding day. Those are some things to think about when you consider wearing a veil or not.

So if you're set on wearing a veil, we've listed down different kinds of veils for you to help you decide on a style. If you're still on the fence about it, hopefully, seeing the versatility of the veil and the different styles could help you decide!

There is a whole universe of different veil styles but to keep things simple, we've put the most common veils that our brides tend to choose.

So, let's begin!


The birdcage head piece is a vintage style which just sits on an angle grazing over one eye.


The blusher is a short veil with a second tier which is worn over the face as you walk down the aisle.


A Mantilla veil does not have a standard clip or comb like the single or double tier veils. Instead, this veil is a circle of tulle and lace that is usually delicately laid over the head in such a way that the edges frame the face.


A tiered veil connects several layers together. The shortest tier is usually worn over the face similar to a blusher veil. The most common kinds of tiered veils are single tier and double tiered veils.


Unfussy and elegant, sitting just on or above your elbows. Perfect for an understated and minimalist look.


Just like the elbow length veil but this time sitting on or a little past your finger tips. It's just as elegant as the elbow veil!

Ballerina or Waltz

This veil is long enough to go down to your knees or even your ankles. It's a good choice if you want to add just a touch of drama as you walk down the aisle.

Chapel & Cathedral

Depending on the length of your train, the chapel or cathedral veil will just flow past it. It's the perfect accessory for that dramatic effect as you walk down the aisle. It's great for big and grand weddings!

Please note that these aren't the only kinds of veils. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to veil styles. At the end of the day, different styles can be combined, tweaked, and changed to give birth to even more styles. So to answer the question, "to wear a veil or not wear a veil?", it's really up to you and your personal style. :)

*Jennifer Go Bridal makes custom veils to match your wedding gown!

Featured Posts
Recent Posts