Veil Buying Guide

Single tier veil

The Kinn Óir Veil Buying Guide will help guide you to the best version for you. When most brides imagine when asked to picture a veil, this is it. Single tier means that the veil flows from its attachment point (normally a comb) down the back. There is no blusher, which is the section of the veil in front of the face. These can have a full gather, some gather or no gather at all.

Two-tier wedding veils

This means that the veil includes a ‘blusher’ which is usually 70cm long (but can be lade longer if you choose). This can be pulled forward over the face and raised during the ceremony for the first kiss or at the exact moment you are married and is then swept back over the head to form a second layer at the back of the veil. Remember as you may be carrying a bouquet you need to decide if would you like the veil to finish above the bouquet or drape over it?

Drop veils

This is a two-tier veil with no gather. They are often held in place with a headband or drop veil hair pins. If you don’t plan to wear any other accessories, we can sew an invisible comb into our drop veils (see the Giselle veil).

Mantilla veils

This is a single tier veil with no gather. A comb is sewn to the top of the veil so it can be worn at the top of the head. They are sometimes described as Spanish veils.


Drape veils

These veils have two combs and a ‘drape’ drop between them. These are beautiful for showing off a back necklace (see the Maeve veil )

Cape veils

Not really a veil at all but a cape. These can be tulle or lace or a combination of the two and are a great alternative to a traditional veil. They are secured with brooch like pins but can be made in a variety of ways

Bandeau Veils

Similar to birdcage veils but they are attached either side of the head. Some makers use this term interchangeably with ‘birdcage’ veils.

Birdcage veils

Attached at the top of the head (like the way a birdcage hangs). This term can be used interchangeably with ‘bandeau’ on the internet.

Check how each individual veil is measured for example from edge to edge or the attachment point and get a measuring tape and someone to help you and measure where the end of the veil falls.

Please contact me if you have any questions and follow me on Instagram where I will have some videos of how to measure and attach veils.

Juliet veils

A ‘cap’ of material holds the veil in place. This is a traditional vintage look, dating from 16th century England. It is believed the design dates to actors performing Juliet in the original performances of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’. It was particularly popular in the 1920s and was chose by Kate Moss when she got married. (see Juliette silk veil)

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