Wedding hair: how to choose a hairstyle that works with your veil

Your wedding day is your one chance to don a veil; here's how to choose a bridal hairstyle that suits your veil

From cathedral length veils à la Meghan Markle to quirky birdcage headpieces, there’s a veil to suit every bride. But you need to think carefully about whether your hairstyle will work with your chosen veil.


We spoke to industry experts for their advice on how to choose a veil that suits your hairstyle. 


“If your veil is well-positioned, any hairstyle can work with it,” assures hairstylist Anna Sorbie.

“However, there are some things to bear in mind. If you’re planning to wear a sophisticated high bun, then the veil should be placed underneath for a simple and elegant look. Vintage or shorter hairstyles look perfect with a birdcage, while a cathedral veil is divine with long, loose hair. Brides opting for a half-up, half-down hairstyle look fabulous if the veil is positioned at the back of the head underneath lightly backcombed hair.”

“If your wedding hairstyle is going to be bouncy and full of body, it’s worth considering a more discreet veil,” says celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton. “An elaborate one could just compete with your hair.


Take your veil to your bridal hair trial so you can try different looks with your stylist.

On the wedding day itself, your stylist will place your veil for you – so if you take it to the trial, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that they’ll both know exactly what they’re doing and be giving
you the look you want.

“Putting on the veil is one of the last things that you’ll do on your wedding morning, so it can be quite emotional,” says Andrew. “It’s usually just me and the bride in the room when we do put it on. It also gives her a few moments of calm and the chance to collect herself.”

Don’t feel as if you have to wear your veil for the full duration of your day, though. “Some brides like to wear their veil just for the ceremony and photos, then take it off,” says hairstylist Kirsty Jeremiah.

“If that’s going to be the case, then I show one of the bridesmaids how to take it out carefully, without ruining the style.”

Stylist Alex Anderson agrees that having a friend ‘trained’ to remove the veil is a good tactic. “When I’m doing a fitting, I ask the mother of the bride or one of the bridal party to assist me, so they can see how I place the veil and how to protect the hair if it is removed later on.”

Wedding hair expert Anna Durston says not to fret if veil removal does go awry. “Get someone to shake out your hair, and even give it a brush if needed. A bit of dry shampoo can help with volume and you’ll be looking as good as new.”


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