Icing on the Cake | Top 8 wedding hairstyles for bridal veils
There are so many ways to wear a veil so it can be tricky finding a hairstyle that will support your veil and frame your face and hair from behind. The hair challenge gets trickier when you think about all the beautiful options – updo, high bun, waves, straight, half up half down. The list goes on!
To get you on your way to finding that stunning hairstyle you’ve been dreaming of, here’s my top 8 wedding hairstyles for bridal veils. If I’ve missed a style, feel free to let me know by leaving a comment below!
1. The classic blow dry
In my opinion we should never underestimate the potential of a perfect blow dry. It is a refined and understated style that is perfect especially when you have an elaborate or detailed dress and/or veil or perhaps even a simpler gown. Hair down styles work beautifully with a classic tulle veil or Mantilla veil, something nice and light which can be positioned at the crown.
2. Tousled curls and big waves
Curls or waves are a popular choice for bridal hair. Similar to the classic blow wave, your veil will need to be light and anchored with bobby pins to ensure it stays in place as there is no up-do or gathering of hair to attach to.
3. Half up half down
Half up half down is a faithful style that is complementary to many face shapes and lengths of hair. It is a look that works with or without a fringe. A soft curl, wave or slight volume at the top is optional also! This style is fantastic for a veil because it gives you a foundation to secure the veil. The half up half down look works well with cascading, multiple tiered as well as fingertip veils; it is definitely one of the most versatile bridal hairstyles to choose.
5. High bridal bun or top knot
The bridal bun is a great option and top knots are all about elevating the look. Buns and top knots work well with cascading veils and classic tulle veils. Generally the veil is worn below a top knot or on top of a low bun but it all depends on the length of the veil and what looks and feels good to you.
6. Bridal up-do
Up-dos include chignons, braids, romantic and soft or messy styles as well as sleek ponytails. Similar to the buns and top knots, the veil positioning will depend on the positioning of the up-do. Usually veils are positioned above lower hairstyles and below higher positioned styles but the preference can be indidual.
7. Side bun or ponytail
An asymmetrical hairstyle can be perfectly complimented with a birdcage veil. I think a birdcage veil works with most hair styles – cropped short hair, vintage curls or a retro glam look, curly hair as well as long hair. A traditional and classic veils works a treat too as seen below.
8. Vintage inspired
If you have a hairstyle that is inspired by Great Gatsby, Mad Men or Kate Moss’ wedding then a Juliette cap or birdcage veil could be the veil you are looking for to go with your eclectic style. Cropped hair, a gorgeous wedding updo or a hair down style looks beautiful with a Juliette cap and it is a veil style that usually covers the top of the head like a cap. A birdcage veil is another option that will look great with retro and boho hairdos. If there is a side bun or ponytail these veils are usually attached near that feature. If the style is symmetrical often beautiful clips are added as an additional feature to a birdcage style veil.
It’s great to try your veil with your hairstyle in advance of the wedding to make sure it is the right overall look and is comfortable. If you are having a hair trial this can be a great opportunity to make sure it looks and feels great.
Options for bridal hairstyles and complimentary veils are endless so let me know some details about your special day and we can find the perfect veil or headpiece for your wedding hairstyle.