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If you’re looking for a magical finishing touch to your wedding dress, it’s hard to resist wedding veils with crystals.  They’re lightweight and dreamy, sophisticated and timeless. Crystal wedding veils can frame a wedding dress in the most effortless way – whilst offering that hint of magic that can complete a bridal look without feeling over-the-top.

We love wedding veils with crystals for wedding gowns that need that little extra ‘something’. And it’s more than just a little sparkle – wedding veils with crystals can add an extra couture element to an already detailed wedding dress, while the galaxy of scattered crystal elements can add an ethereal and enchanted touch to a simpler wedding gown.

The perfect crystal wedding veil will sparkle, float and trail perfectly behind you as you walk down the aisle. But it’s important to take into account the key elements on your wedding dress to ensure your veil accentuates your dress – and doesn’t draw attention away from it.

Shop this look: ETOILE crystal wedding veil

How to choose the perfect crystal wedding veil

If your wedding dress features one of the silhouettes or fabrics listed below, a crystal wedding veil might be the perfect finishing touch for you:

  • Delicate lace wedding dresses:
    There’s something about a lace wedding dress that pairs perfectly with crystal or pearl wedding veils. Matching a lace veil to a lace wedding dress has its challenges (colour, texture, pattern, type of lace) so it’s not always a suitable choice. If you’re open to sparkle, consider a modern crystal veil – the delicate crystal elements will contrast beautifully against the delicate lace work and the silver tone of the crystals offer a couture accent which won’t go unnoticed.
  • Silk chiffon dresses with floaty trains:
    A silk chiffon wedding dress is ethereal and floaty, dreamy and sophisticated. These characteristics pair beautifully with crystal wedding veils because their aesthetics work harmoniously together. Our recommendation would be to stick to a simpler silhouette – a modern drop veil rather than a heavy gathered veil with crystals. Best to keep the overall silhouette streamlined and lightweight for a cleaner look.
  • Smooth and sleek modern sheath dresses:
    If your dress features a smooth and sleek silhouette, a statement crystal veil that floats and cascades beyond the length of the train, can add a dramatic element without drawing attention away from your dress. We’d recommend you keep the rest of your accessories simple – maybe opt for a simple set of drop earrings or a small hair comb for a minimalist look.
  • Sequin wedding dresses:
    This might surprise you but an ivory sequin wedding dress and a crystal wedding veil are a match made in heaven. The shimmer and shine of a sequin dress is often accompanied by a striking silhouette that can look luxurious and glamorous with a crystal veil.

Our favourite picks

The MORNING MIST, DEWBERRY, ETOILEMIDNIGHT and the MARGAUX crystal veils from the bridal veil collection can transform a bridal look in an instant. Featuring countless sparkly crystals masterfully applied to cascade down and along each veil in the most magical way. For extra sparkle and a seamless finish, the crystals are double sided for an ultra sparkly look. These beautiful styles can be customised to any length including fingertip, floor, chapel or cathedral lengths.

Our favourite picks

The MORNING MIST, DEWBERRY, ETOILEMIDNIGHT and the MARGAUX crystal veils from the bridal veil collection can transform a bridal look in an instant. Featuring countless sparkly crystals masterfully applied to cascade down and along each veil in the most magical way. For extra sparkle and a seamless finish, the crystals are double sided for an ultra sparkly look. These beautiful styles can be customised to any length including fingertip, floor, chapel or cathedral lengths.

1. MORNING MIST wedding veil

Shop this look: MORNING MIST veil

2. DEWBERRY single tier veil

The DEWBERRY is a dreamy veil that moves to its own rhythm. The single tier is adorned from head to toe with double sided crystals that dramatically transform a wedding dress in an instant. The dramatic chapel length is perfect for wedding dresses that end with a slight train.

The gentle cascade cut into the veil allows it to move beautifully as you walk and fall effortlessly onto your train.

Shop this look: DEWBERRY veil

3. ETOILE wedding veil with crystals

The ETOILE was designed for our modern muse, a sophisticated and spirited bride inspired by all things beautiful.  Etoile, meaning ‘star’, is reminiscent of the stars above a magnificent secret garden.

The ETOILE is an unexpected take on a classic bridal look featuring crystal details carefully applied to frame this modern and sleek veil. The perfect veil for the fashion forward bride seeking to add a touch of magic to an already luxurious and ethereal bridal look.

Shop this look: ETOILE crystal wedding veil

4. MIDNIGHT wedding veil

A statement wedding veil for a bride with stars in her eyes, the MIDNIGHT wedding veil was inspired by the infinite stars above. When the double sided crystals catch the light, the veil illuminates and frames a wedding dress in the most breathtaking way. The royal length is all about maximum impact – dramatic, sparkly and impressive. An exquisite veil for exquisite photographs!

Shop this look: MIDNIGHT crystal veil

5. MARGAUX crystal bridal veil

For the celestially inclined, the MARGAUX was inspired by the poetic rhythm of an evening sky and catches the light in the most enchanting and breathtaking way.

The sophistication of our MARGAUX veil lies in its classic silhouette and shimmering crystals from head to toe. It’s the perfect piece to evoke a sense of quiet wonder as you make a wish upon a shooting star and get lost with your beloved.

Shop this look: MARGAUX long wedding veil

Finding the perfect crystal wedding veil

Sometimes you don’t want head to toe sparkles. Sometimes, it’s just a hint of sparkle maybe at the edge or near the comb that can make all the difference. Or it could even be sparkly crystal hair accessories paired with a simple long wedding veil that completes your bridal look.

If you’d love to chat about how to style your wedding dress with the right accessories from our collection, feel free to get in touch. We’d love to work with you.

Whether you’re getting married in a church or out in the outdoors, a long wedding veil can add the perfect amount of grandeur and drama to a wedding dress. A long veil is, without a doubt, the defining wedding accessory that can instantly transform a bridal look with its timeless appeal and elongated silhouette.

A ‘long’ wedding veil is a relative term. How long is long? How long is a piece of string? What’s long for one bride might barely touch the floor for another. Throw in the added complexity of the length and width of the train on your dress, your height, your heel height, your venue…. and it’s no wonder it can be difficult to determine the best length for you.

Read below to learn more about how to choose the best long wedding veil for your dress.

Shop this look: THEODORE pearl chapel veil

When styling our brides, we want you to channel your inner royal, rather than be swamped in fabric with no way out. Our wedding veils are made to order so we are able to customise the length of our veils to suit your height, heel height and the length and width of your train

Which length is best?

Is a floor length, chapel veil or cathedral veil best for you? This is where it can get a bit grey. Why? Because so much depends on the style of your dress, the fabric it is made from, your height, and any distinctive horizontal lines that are visible on the dress.

Some brides like their veil to extend beyond the length of their train so their train and dress appear longer and grander. Other brides choose to have their veils puddle on the train so that it blends into the fabric of the skirt and won’t get in the way on the dance floor. And other brides want their veil to fall exactly to where their dress train ends as a longer length might feel excessive. It’s very much a personal preference.

We do have general guidelines which we apply:

The silhouette of your dress

Generally speaking, we feel that:

  • A ball gown: A full ball gown will look balanced with a veil that extends beyond the length of the train. Why? Because a ball gown is by its very nature a statement of grandeur so a longer veil with a classic silhouette will feel like a natural pairing. If you would prefer a shorter veil, a waist or fingertip length veil will also be flattering.
  • A fit and flare gown:  A fit and flare gown starts to flare out just under the hip and a longer veil will complement this style beautifully. Whether a chapel or cathedral length veil is better for you will depend on the actual length of your train. However, a floor or waltz length veil will interrupt the flow of your silhouette as these lengths end too abruptly and will interfere with the fit and flare silhouette.
  • A mermaid gown: As the name suggests, the skirt starts to flare out just above the knee, reminiscent of a mermaid. A fingertip length veil is an easy choice. However if you would like a longer veil, choose one that extends beyond the length of your actual train as it will feel like an extension of the distinctive mermaid’s tail.
  • A sheath dress: A figure hugging silhouette with a train is best suited with veil that matches the length of the train or extends beyond it. A column shape is quite simple visually so a veil that falls short will be quite noticeable. We often find a veil that’s at least 15cm longer than the end of the train will be flattering.
  • A floor length dress: If your dress has little to no train, a floor length or chapel length veil will suit it beautifully. Floor length doesn’t necessarily mean it should just touch the floor and match your height. A floor length veil flows better when it can create a tiny puddle on the ground, even if it’s just a 15cm longer.

Shop this look: OLIVIA floor wedding veil

The fabric of your dress

The fabric a dress is made from plays a huge role in how the dress and train will drape and flow onto the ground.

A gown made from frothy organza will provide structure to a veil as the dress will act as a frame on which the veil will sit. If your dress is made from a smooth satin or plain fabric, a veil that falls short of the length of this style of dress will be quite visible. However, if the train on a ball gown features a textured fabric of ruffles and 3D flowers, the end of the train will blend in better so a shorter veil won’t be as noticeable.

Horizontal lines

There are multiple horizontal lines that are visible on a dress. It could be the line that runs across your shoulders on an off-the-shoulder neckline. Or the line that’s created on a plunging back. Or there’s the line where the bodice is sewn onto the skirt at the waist on a ball gown. Or perhaps even a peplum detail. There can also be lines further down if your dress features a mermaid silhouette where the skirt starts to flare out above the knee.

The lines on a dress aren’t limited to the neckline or the silhouette of the dress. There can also be lines in the patterns of the lacework or the fabric. Think ruffles on a skirt or a dress where multiple laces are mixed and matched to create a distinctive pattern.

The importance of lines comes back to not wanting to take away from the beauty of the dress. Adding a new line with a shorter veil can interfere with how the dress flows. For example, if your dress features an oversized bow on the back, it’s best to avoid a veil that falls to the same spot.

Your height

A veil that’s 2 metres long will look very different on a bride who is 4’9 compared to a bride who’s 6’1.  This doesn’t mean a bride on the shorter side should only wear a shorter veil and that long veils aren’t an option.

Quite the opposite. A shorter bride can certainly wear a long veil so long as the veil isn’t excessively long in proportion to her silhouette. There are many shorter brides who wear wedding gowns with long trains and similarly, her veil can be just as long. The key is to ensure that the silhouette overall is balanced.

Next step: How to measure

If your wedding will be outdoors or if you have a short wedding aisle, choosing the right length will be really important.

The best way to determine your ideal length is to pull out a measuring tape. Grab a friend too to help you take an accurate measurement.

  • Put on your wedding dress and bridal shoes.  If you don’t have your shoes, guess how tall your shoes might be and add that to the final number.
  • Style your hair in a similar way to your wedding day hair as this will impact where the veil comb will sit.
  • Position the tape measure at the point in your hair where you plan to secure the veil comb.  This will be the top of your head if you’re planning to wear a mantilla veil.  If you’re planning an updo or half up hairstyle, this might be the crown of your head or a little lower.
  • Let the tape measure drape down onto the skirt and train of your dress.
  • Write the measurement down.

If you don’t have a long tape measure on hand, try using a long piece of ribbon or string. You can then measure the string in sections with a ruler.

If you haven’t picked a hairstyle yet, don’t worry. The difference will only be a few inches which won’t impact the length of your veil dramatically. However, this will be important if you are looking for a blusher layer as comb placement will impact where your blusher will fall to.

If your veil has a defined lace edge

It will flow better to have a slightly longer veil than shorter veil if your veil has a distinctive edge. If you do want a shorter veil with a lace trim, find one that’s significantly shorter.  A fingertip or waltz length veil will look more balanced overall compared to a chapel length veil on a cathedral length dress which will end too abruptly.

An overview: Wedding veil lengths

1. Floor length veil – 190cm or 75 inches

Our made to order mandate means we can design your veil your way – whether you love to have it pooling a little on the ground, or not quite reaching it.

The floor length veil is your introduction to long wedding veils. As the name suggests, a floor length veil is designed to gracefully touch the floor and is ideal for sheath or fitted wedding dresses without a train. We love to suggest a floor length veil for more casual weddings or for brides who want to wear their veil all day and all night – including for the bridal waltz. Our made to order mandate means we can design your veil your way – whether you love to have it pooling a little on the ground, or not quite reaching it. It’s up to you!

2. Chapel veil – 230cm or 90 inches

A beautifully versatile length, we love the chapel veil for its timeless beauty.

A beautifully versatile length, we love the chapel veil for its timeless beauty. A chapel veil complements a wide range of wedding dresses, from ballroom gowns to dazzling red carpet worthy dresses. For the vertically challenged brides, we find that veils that create a little puddle on the floor elongate the silhouette which always looks incredible.

Shop this look: WYNTER classic chapel veil

3. Cathedral veil – 300cm or 118 inches

If you want to make a statement, this is your go-to veil.

The cathedral veil is little grander than the versatile chapel veil and is best suited for cathedral and church weddings with long aisles. If you want to make a statement, this is your go-to veil. Some useful advice to know is that longer veils are often wider too. So bare in mind the potential proportions of your veil to your dress.

4. Royal cathedral veil – 400cm or 157 inches

This fabulous length looks amazing for medium to taller brides with a very long runway to walk down.

Lastly, we have the ever glorious royal cathedral length veil. Measuring anywhere from 4 metres plus, this fabulous length looks amazing for medium to taller brides with a very long runway to walk down.

Shop this look: ETOILE crystal wedding veil

Custom made for you

There are thousands of wedding dresses out there and it’s no wonder finding the perfect veil can be difficult. What you find on the rack in bridal boutiques may not be the right length, width or colour for your dress. A custom made veil  might be just the thing for you.

We work with brides worldwide to design and create their wedding veils taking into account their wedding dress, hairstyle, height and venues.

Feel free to send us an email with photos of your bridal look and we’d be happy to get back to you with ideas on how your favourite veil can be customised to suit you.

Wedding veils are as unique as their brides and the wedding dresses they’re designed to accompany. From a chapel length veil which adds a touch of drama to a wedding gown, to a vintage-inspired birdcage veil that evokes a sense of mystery yet sophistication.

There are many lengths, widths, styles and embellishments on offer. It’s no wonder that many brides-to-be planning their weddings can feel a little overwhelmed. Especially when they’re purchasing a veil online and can’t feel the veil, see how the veil drapes or try it on with their dress.

To help you choose the perfect veil, we’ll cover 3 important considerations to get you on your way to finding your perfect match.

Shop this look: RIVIERA wedding veil

1.) Your wedding dress

The best starting point is the shape and style of your wedding dress. As a general guide, your veil should accentuate and be proportional to your dress.  This means it shouldn’t overpower or take away from the details of the dress. Doing so can be distracting and also interrupt the flow of your overall look.

If your dress is busy and features lots of pretty details, find a simple veil with a clean raw edge. If your dress is simple, choose a veil with intricate details such as a lace embellishment or floral accents to add dimension to your gown.

We like to look for any focal points on the dress which we use as guidance for the veil. Often a veil will look best cut just above or below any horizontal lines. If your veil falls where a focal point begins, for example a defined waist line, this can have the effect of visually cutting you in half.

LOOK FOR FOCAL POINTS
Your veil length should cut just above or below a defined waist line, hem line or key details.

TIMELESS ELEGANCE
Floral embellishments around the shoulders beautifully frame off-the-shoulder wedding

Shop this look: KARELL drop veil, RIVIERA veil

Classic silhouettes

  • Sheath: Slim, fitted wedding dresses work beautifully with longer veils. Gowns without a train or a short train are gorgeous when paired with a floor length or chapel length veil. As a guide – look for a veil that is slightly longer than the hem or train of your gown. Other beautiful options include birdcage veils or fingertip veils if you’d prefer something a little shorter.
  • Mermaid/trumpet: To complement the mermaid or trumpet silhouette, look for a long and narrow veil to walk down the aisle or a mid-length or fingertip veil to showcase your flared skirt.
  • A-line: It’s all about proportions when it comes to choosing a veil for your a-line wedding gown. Take your pick from a fingertip, waltz length or chapel length veil to showcase the gorgeous bodice of your dress.
  • Full skirts: A popular choice for full skirt wedding gowns is a mid-length veil. Anything from a hip length or fingertip length will work a treat. But don’t be afraid to choose a chapel or cathedral length veil for a full skirt but bear in mind that you will need to carry around the veil after the ceremony to ensure you don’t step on it. When deciding on the best length of mid-length veil, choose a veil length that falls a minimum of 3″ below the back neckline of your gown.

Generally speaking, a fingertip length veil is a timeless and classic option that works beautifully with a range of different wedding dresses. It is also a versatile choice for a range of different venues – from the church to a beach or garden wedding.

2.) Your venue

Much like your wedding gown, your veil should be consistent with the formality of your wedding. For some church weddings, it may be customary to wear a veil with or without a blusher. However, a less formal or chapel veil (or shorter) may be the perfect accessory for a beachside or garden ceremony.

CHURCH WEDDING:
It may be customary to wear a blusher or cover your shoulders.

Shop this look: CARMEN juliet cap veil

3.) Your hairstyle

When choosing your wedding veil, it’s really important to consider your bridal hairstyle.

If you choose to wear a veil, your veil may need a supportive base such as a bridal bun, messy updo, or half up/half down hairstyle.  The longer or heavier your veil, the more supportive your bun or hairstyle will need to be.

The great thing about bridal hairstyles is your wedding veil can be made to frame your bridal hairstyle from behind. Instead of a metal bridal comb, your veil can be customised with cotton loops instead of a comb which means that your hairstylist can pin the veil to the natural curve of your bun.

Measuring up

Your hairstyle will affect how your veil sits and where the end of the veil will fall. If you’re planning on a big bridal bun, the veil may need to sit above the bun. As a result, your veil may appear slightly shorter.

To ensure you choose a veil in the right length, ask a friend or your mum to measure your height to get an idea of what length you will need. Veils are usually secured to your hair with a hair comb so measure from the point where you’d like the hair comb to sit (keeping in mind your wedding hairstyle) and where you would like the veil to fall.

MEASURE UP
Measure from the point where you’d like the hair comb to sit to where you would like the veil to

FRAME YOUR TRESSES
Pin your veil to the natural curve of your bun, crown or at the top of your head.

Shop this look: LAURETTE hair pins, THEODORE veil, ENCHANTED headpiece, AMORA veil

Need styling help?

If you have any questions or you’re tossing up a few different styles, feel free to send us an email and we’ll be more than happy to offer some suggestions.

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