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While delicate and subtle veils have their charm, high impact wedding veils make a bold statement while still exuding elegance. When it comes to wedding accessories, few items can rival the transformative power of a wedding veil. Whether you’re envisaging a classic, romantic, or modern look, the right vil can take your ensemble to new heights of elegance and sophistication. It’s easy to see the allure of a dramatic veil and how they can transform your bridal style into a breathtaking masterpiece.

Expect the unexpected

High impact wedding veils are all about drama, grandeur and an undeniable X factor. They captivate and delight without taking away from the beauty of your wedding dress. It’s not always about length that achieves the look. Stunning fine details, a unique silhouette, combination or length might be just the thing to add an element of unexpected interest.

1. Length

It’s undeniable how impactful an impressive length can be on a wedding veil. Cathedral length veils that sweep the floor or royal length veils that extend well beyond the train of your gown can instantly create a sense of grandeur and intrigue. The stunning visual effect of the veil’s flow and movement as you walk down the aisle will turn heads.

2. Embellishments

A minimalist silhouette or the simplest veil can transform with intricate embellishments and details that catch the light and create a mesmerising effect. These veils showcase the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each and every design. Such details not only add texture and detail but also lend a sense of uniqueness to your ensemble.

3. Bold edging

Edging and trims play a crucial role in defining the look of a high impact wedding veil. A bold lace trim, an ornate beaded border or a dramatic scalloped edge can add an extra layer of opulence to the veil. Whether it’s a mantilla-style lace veil or an all-over design, intricate patterns and textures create a captivating focal point and will beautifully frame you.

4. Daring colours

Coloured veils – like shades of pink, champagne, blush or even blue – can create a stunning contrast to your gown.  Adding a pop of personality to your look can make a bold statement whilst still feeling elegant, feminine and refined.

5. Dramatic cape veils

Coloured veils – like shades of pink, champagne, blush or even blue – can create a stunning contrast to your gown.  Adding a pop of personality to your look can make a bold statement whilst still feeling elegant, feminine and refined.

6. Combining styles

You don’t need to limit yourself to a single style. Combine a simple veil with a dramatic headpiece or choose a simpler veil where the embellishment is focused mainly on the top half to frame your dress. The key is to find a balance between adding an element of interest without taking away from your dress and you.

Need help?

Every wedding gown and bride is different and the perfect accessories for you will not only depend on your gown but your personal style, vision, height and style. 

We would love to work with you to bring your vision to life and to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece. Email us with photos of your wedding gown and share details of your personal style. We will then get back to you with ideas to begin the beautiful journey of bespoke.

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Right from a young age Kahla knew she wanted wear a veil on her wedding day. She and her twin sister use to take it in turns to dress up as a bride and wear a towel on their head in their pretend backyard weddings. Thankfully, Kahla no longer needs to improvise with heavy terry towelling! The soft floaty tulle, blusher layer and seamless design of the AMORA veil was the perfect alternative for her wedding day. The veil complemented her stunning wedding day look, while fulfilling her childhood dreams.

Kahla and Zane married in Townsville, a north Queensland city overlooking the Great Barrier Reef. With family and friends (and their dogs!) involved in the wedding festivities, the day beautifully celebrated their relationship and the close connections they have with loved ones.

Kahla's dream look

Kahla coveted a bridal look that was timeless and elegant, she didn’t want to look at pictures of her wedding in years to come and “cringe and giggle about the fashions of the time.” 

Trying on dresses in a range of styles, materials and sizes, Kahla said she decided on a Made With Love gown for a number of reasons…

  1. Queensland designer
  2. The dresses are modern with a classic feel
  3. They suited the warmer climate
  4. Not unreasonable in price range for the stunning dress you got in the end.

Meeting all of the ‘must have’ requirements, Made with Love’s Ella gown was `The One’.

“My checklist items included: a stunning train, a belt at the waist, sweetheart cut neckline and as my nanny says: it was a ‘show off that figure while you’re young’ kind of dress. I really didn’t picture myself in a full lace dress, but it was just perfect for me,” says Kahla.

Having found her dream dress, Kahla searched and researched the perfect veil design.

“The Tania Maras veil and accessory collection made for a hard choice. Every piece in the range is so delicate and beautiful. I was very happy with the delicate tulle on the comb of my AMORA veil. Looking through my photos, the veil really created a soft romantic look with the modern almost bold lace on my dress.”

Although Kahla loves wearing her her long hair down in waves, she needed a more practical hairstyle to withstand the warm September weather in North Queensland.

“The smart but beautiful choice was an up do with soft waves into the low bun, which suited the veil, dress and weather,” she says.

Special Moments

Kahla and Zane’s nearest and dearest had special roles on their wedding day. From their dogs’ involvement in the ceremony to a delicious potluck dessert table, the day was a celebration of love and family.

“Our ceremony was held at the Townsville Heritage Centre. We had our dogs walk down the aisle and involved in the photos. They are some of my happiest photos from the entire day.”

“We weren’t really allowed to throw rose petals on the day, but my one bridezilla request of ‘being showered with flower petals’ while walking back down the aisle required my brother in law to bring his leaf blower to clean it up once the ceremony had finished. We all had a good laugh at those photos.”

“The reception was at The Ville Resort-Casino. My mum and dad had gotten married there 31 years before and my dad has worked there for 30 years, so we loved that it had been a big part of my life growing up in Townsville. Coming from a family of ballroom dancers, I had also dreamed of our first dance and gliding across that floor, my poor husband had big shoes to fill. Luckily he doesn’t have two left feet and learnt to dance for me.”

“We asked our closest friends and family to bring their most favourite and famous dessert for our dessert table. It felt as though it was another family BBQ with the best homemade cannoli, tiramisu, chocolate mudecake and cheesecake slices to stuff our bellies and celebrate another special milestone with these important people in our lives.”

Best advice

“The options really are endless and it’s what you want to do as a couple,” says Kahla. “Keep in mind there comes a point where there are too many opinions and advice, so make sure you have an A team who are supportive and honest when you need to talk about everything and anything wedding related, whether it be in the evening or at 2 am in the morning!”

“We asked our closest friends and family to bring their most favourite and famous dessert for our dessert table. It felt as though it was another family BBQ with the best homemade cannoli, tiramisu, chocolate mudecake and cheesecake slices to stuff our bellies and celebrate another special milestone with these important people in our lives.”

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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.

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

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.

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

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.