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50 Long Wedding Veils That Will Leave You Speechless

There's something magical about a veil — it has the power to transform you into a blushing bride and bring your nearest and dearest to tears of joy. Historically, veils have different symbolic interpretations around the world, from warding off evil spirits to signifying that the newlyweds' love for one another isn't just skin deep.

This wedding accessory is still an important part of the bridal ensemble in the present day. "Brides have slowly begun to shy away from understated birdcage veils and are opting instead for elaborate, cathedral-length veils," says bridal stylist Renée Strauss.

Check out 50 photos that might just convince you to wear a long veil at your wedding!

By: Stefania Sainato

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  • Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Make a Dramatic Entrance

    "Long veils are a great way to add drama or make a statement with your bridal look. You can do a classic clean veil or add some sparkle by having a veil embellished with crystals. Whichever one you decide on, make sure it represents you and suits your wedding-day style," says bridal accessories designer Ariel Jennifer Taub.

    Photo Credit: The Wedding Traveler

  • Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Make a Dramatic Entrance

  • Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Make a Dramatic Entrance

    A forehead crown/veil combo exudes flower-child appeal.

  • Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Not even glittery gowns can upstage this bride's radiance.

    Photo Credit: B.O.B Photography

  • Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Make a Dramatic Entrance

    This photo of a couple's first look from the vantage point of the bride gives us goosebumps.

    Photo Credit: Bamboo Leaf Studios

  • Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Make a Dramatic Entrance

    A two-tiered veil is reserved for the most traditional brides who want the "wow" factor of having their groom lift the blusher during the ceremony.

  • Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Make a Dramatic Entrance

    Photo Credit: La Candella Weddings

  • Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    A mantilla veil with lace trim can enhance a more classic gown.

  • Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

  • Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    We love how the lace edges of the veil mirror the scalloped back of this bride's gown.

  • Add a Glamourous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamourous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    A cathedral veil creates the illusion of a longer gown train.

  • Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    A classic, unadorned style balances out a chic textured skirt. If you're wearing blush, like this bride, then choose a veil that's a shade lighter; if your gown is white, then go for the same hue.

    Photo Credit: Photo Love

  • Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Photo Credit: La Candella Weddings

  • Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    A long-sleeved boho sheath paired with a more traditional veil is sheer perfection.

  • Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    If you're wearing a more elaborate gown and headpiece, balance it out with a simpler veil style.

    Photo Credit: Quetzal Photo

  • Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Add a Glamorous Touch to Your Bridal Ensemble

    Photo Credit: B.O.B Photography

  • Honor Your Family History With an Heirloom Veil

    Honor Your Family History With an Heirloom Veil

    This bride's handmade veil is 80 years old! Her grandmother wore it and preserved it in the hopes that it would be passed on for generations to come — how sweet is that?

    Photo Credit: Amber J Photography

  • Swept Up in Romance

    Swept Up in Romance

    There's nothing more romantic than sharing a sweet kiss or embrace while wrapped up in a veil.

    Photo Credit: 1486 Photography

  • Swept Up in Romance

    Swept Up in Romance

    Photo Credit: Sarah DiCicco

  • Swept Up in Romance

    Swept Up in Romance

  • Swept Up in Romance

    Swept Up in Romance

  • Swept Up in Romance

    Swept Up in Romance

    Photo Credit: Infused Studios

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Veils add a vibrant sense of movement to your wedding photos.

    Photo Credit: Quetzal Photo

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Photo Credit: High Cotton Studios

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Photo Credit: Quetzal Photo

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Photo Credit: Infused Studios

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    This breathtaking balcony shot just wouldn't have achieved the same effect without the bride's flowing veil.

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Photo Credit: B.O.B Photography

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Storm clouds might be brewing in the distance but this couple's portrait is pure bliss.

    Photo Credit: Vitaly M Photography

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Photo Credit: Vitaly M Photography

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Photo Credit: Jose Villa

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    Photo Credit: Infused Studios

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    A lovely first look captured on film.

    Photo Credit: Lovly Studio

  • Exquisite Photo Ops

    Exquisite Photo Ops

    A longer veil will need more maintenance and touch-ups throughout the day, but your bridesmaids will be happy to lend a hand.

    Photo Credit: Infused Studios

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Long veils are no longer strictly reserved for houses of worship — they're popping up in pastoral farm weddings, beautiful beachfront receptions, and more non-traditional settings.

    Photo Credit: La Candella Weddings

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Photo Credit: Rowanberry + Lavender

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    An ivory dress and veil combined with the technicolor surroundings of nature gives this snapshot an ethereal quality.

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    A long veil and metallic booties added a high-fashion element to this nautical affair.

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Photo Credit: 1486 Photography

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Photo Credit: Quetzal Photo

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Photo Credit: Pictures by Katie

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Photo Credit: EXO Photography

  • Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    Cathedral Veils Without the Chapel

    The contrast between an urban venue and a classic tulle veil is so fun and unexpected.

    Photo Credit: GraceD Photos

50 Long Wedding Veils That Will Leave You Speechless

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