To don a wedding veil or not? Such a delightful dilemma! Is this cherished tradition gracefully transitioning into the realm of modern elegance?
Behold our meticulously curated selection of 100 exquisitely chic veils. A treasure trove like no other, it awaits to guide you in the discerning art of embracing or eschewing this timeless bridal accessory on your special day.
Above, both boards @harriettegordon
We are witnessing a glorious resurgence; the return of the ethereal veil is a celebration of true femininity, with a myriad of enchanting styles to explore. A veil can be classic, vintage, reminiscent of an error or completely modern. There are so many styles to choose from and so many ways to wear each one.
Above, all by @monvieve
Above two boards, all by @halfpennylondon
Prepare to witness a breathtaking transformation as you adorn yourself with this celestial accessory, elevating your bridal ensemble.
Above by @monvieve
Indulge in the captivating allure of a delicate, billowing veil, for it effortlessly embodies the very essence of grace and beauty. Its ethereal charm reaches unparalleled heights when paired with a sleek, minimalist gown. The harmonious fusion of these elements creates an exquisite symphony of understated elegance, where simplicity and sophistication intertwine in perfect harmony.
Above board all by @monvieve
If the allure of long, billowy veils do not resonate with your personal style, fear not, for there are captivating alternatives. Delight in the whimsical charm of a birdcage net or smaller beaded version lending an air of vintage sophistication to your ensemble.
Birdcage net above by @tatyanakochnova_bridal
Small spots or beads on a sheer veil can add interest and fun to your overall look. A subtle yet eye-catching embellishment that enhances the beauty and uniqueness of the veil. Whether you choose a single bead or multiple beads arranged in a pattern, it can create a lovely focal point and add a touch of personalisation.
Above two by @lihihod
Above board all by @seashell_wedding
For those seeking a touch of opulence, a frilled veil (as seen above) exudes a mesmerising allure, adding volume and movement. The world of veils is a realm of endless creativity and individuality, beckoning you to embark on a delightful journey of self-expression as you discover the perfect adornment to complement your unique bridal style.
Above, all by @heracouture
If you opt for a stylish pantsuit as your wedding attire, you can still incorporate a veil to add a touch of bridal elegance. Consider a shorter veil, such as a birdcage veil or a shoulder-length veil, that complements the sleek and modern aesthetic of the pantsuit.
Ultra sheer and ethereal veils can create a mysterious and captivating bridal look. These veils are often made from delicate fabrics such as silk tulle or chiffon, which give them a light and airy appearance. They can add an enchanting and almost otherworldly quality to your overall bridal ensemble.
Experimenting with texture and fabric can bring a whole new dimension to your look; netting is a fantastic option to add depth and also allows for shaping and structure.
Above x 2 by @harriettegordon
Embrace the playful elegance of a bow veil, either in netting as above or organza for extra body; this will infuse your look with a touch of youthful charm. Consider a hooded veil like the one below for something a little different and for more of a high-fashion edge.
Modern designers like Vivienne Westwood and Karen Walker recognise the power of a veil to complete, elevate and add drama to a wedding outfit.
Above board all by @karenwalkeratelier
And you don’t have to be getting married…
Above two boards, all by @ritualunions
If you prefer a simple and elegant dress for your wedding, you can still enhance your look with the right veil. Consider a veil that matches the simplicity of your dress, such as a single-tier, raw-edge veil or a cascade veil with minimal embellishments.
Veils with trims or frills can be a fantastic option for a 1960s-inspired look. The 1960s were known for their fashion-forward and innovative styles, and veils with decorative elements such as trims or frills can capture that essence beautifully.
Above board all by @newhite_bridal
The above boards are all by @ameliegeorgebridal
Vails with wide lace trims like the ones by Amelie George above can evoke a Spanish feel and add a touch of romance and drama to your look. Spanish-inspired veils often feature ornate, intricate lace patterns and wider lace trims that create a bold and distinctive aesthetic.
Above board all by @j.andreatta_
Delicate lace trims, applique, scalloped edges, or embroidered frills give an element of texture and depth. These elements can add a touch of vintage charm and elegance to your bridal look.
Above board all by @lola.varma
Above board all by @kaviargauche_official
Veils have a magical way of transforming a bride’s look. They can instantly make you feel like a bride and add an ethereal quality to your overall appearance. The delicate fabric and flowing layers of a veil create a soft and romantic aesthetic.
Pairing a veil with a mini dress is a fantastic way to give a nod to the fashion trends of the 1960s and 1970s. This combination can create a chic, retro-inspired look that is both playful and stylish.
Above board all, by @jessicabennettbridal
above, all three looks by @christienicole_bridal
Veils make for stunning photo opportunities. They create movement and add a whimsical element to your wedding pictures. They reflect and absorb light creating a luminous effect which often looks other-worldly.
When wearing a traditional wedding gown, you have a wide range of veil options to choose from. If your gown has intricate detailing or a long train, a simple and understated veil, such as a fingertip-length or chapel-length veil, can beautifully complement the dress without overshadowing it. Alternatively, if your gown is minimalistic, you can opt for a more elaborate veil with lace, embroidery, or beading to add a touch of drama and sophistication to your bridal ensemble.
You can choose from different lengths and styles of ultra sheer veils, depending on your personal preference and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Consider a fingertip-length veil for a more traditional look, or go for a longer cathedral-length veil for a more dramatic and ethereal effect.
Above board all by @monvieve
Consider adding subtle embellishments like delicate lace appliques, embroidered details, or sparkling crystals. These elements can add a touch of elegance and sparkle while maintaining the veil’s light and airy quality.
Above board all by @emiliawicksteadbridal
Whatever you choose, remember the key is to have fun and experiment with different styles until you find the perfect veil that captures your heart while reflecting your personal style and taste.
And lastly, two of the most iconic veil moments recorded to prove that a veil worn well will never go out of style. Grace Kelly, photographed by Howell Conant in 1956 + Mick and Bianca Jagger, photographed by Patrick Lichfield in 1971.
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