The Styles & Trends Of Wedding Veils Through History
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The Styles & Trends Of Wedding Veils Through History

Whilst it is no secret that the dress is an important part of any brides outfit on her big day, the accessories are also key.

One of the most important has to be the veil.

Just like the wedding dress itself, veils come in a variety of shapes and styles, particularly if you look through fashion history and see how styles have changed.

To give you some inspiration for your wedding day look, we have put together the styles and trends of wedding veils through history.

Cloche Headdresses

During the1920s the idea of a veil was much more delicate.

One of the most popular styles has to be the lace cloche headdresses, some of which were worn with flowers that would match the bouquet.

In the most part these headdresses were made from silk.

As the war took a hold, these veils became even shorter and would simply hang loosely from their head.

This is not only due to style, but also due to a shortage of fabric that was seen during the war.

Birdcage Veils

As the 1950s came around there was a definite increase in glamorous and elaborate bridal accessories, all designed to make a huge statement.

One of the most popular accessories had to have been the birdcage veils.

These absolutely gorgeous veils were often attached to pillbox hats, which gave an alternative to brides who didn’t like the standard approach to veils.

The No Veil Look

Much like the rest of the decade, the 70s bride often ditched the veil in favour of flowers as a headdress instead.

If those brides did fancy opting for a veil, then they would be delicate and ethereal, much like the rest of the fashions for the decade.

Length wise, however, long seemed to be a popular choice as these really complimented the flowing nature of the dresses.

Cathedral Length Veils

The motto of 1980s bridal styles had to be “the bigger the better”.

Think about Princess Diana for inspiration.

Her veil was a rather impressive 24 feet long, which not only looked beautiful.

But it also made sure that she made the biggest statement possible as she walked into the Cathedral.

The great thing about being a modern day bride means that you can pick from all of these amazing styles.

After all, the vintage look is huge at the moment and it really doesn’t matter which period you take as your inspiration.

All you need to do is think about your gown and which type of veil is going to work best.

You can also think about the accessories and extra touches that are going to really finish off your look.

Such as veils, clips and headdresses too.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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