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How To Wear a Veil

1st March 2023 - View more blog articles

Once you’ve found the perfect veil to complete your bridal look, the next step is figuring out how to wear it! From romantic updos intertwined with flowers to the classic low chignon, there are a range of beautiful hairstyles to choose from. Typically your bridal hair stylist will be able to help you to find a look which leaves you looking and feeling radiant on your special day. In the meantime however, we’re on hand to share some helpful tips and tricks on how to wear a veil with different bridal hair styles, from cascading over gorgeous loose waves to being secured in an elegant updo. We’ll also offer some tips on how to wear a veil with a tiara too - so let’s get started!

How to Wear a Veil with Your Hair Down

If you envision yourself as a hair down kind of bride, you may be wondering how you go about securing a wedding veil in place. If so, look no further. We’ve drawn upon all of our expertise to bring you the best tips for wearing a veil with your hair down for the big day.

At Lace & Favour, a large majority of our veils come with a comb attached. These combs are curved and feature loops which follow the shape of the head and allow them to grip your hair more easily. A top concern for a lot of brides looking to achieve the perfect ‘down do’ with a veil is securing it, as there isn’t as much opportunity to nestle the comb when your hair isn’t tied up. But it is achievable, and to stunning effect, too! Here are our tips to help you…

1. Backcomb Your Hair

Our first tip is to backcomb the section of hair underneath where the veil will sit. Doing so will make your hair thicker, giving the comb for the veil more to grip on to. To do this, simply lift the section of hair where you would like the veil to sit and backcomb the section underneath. You can do this with a brush or fine-tooth comb, starting halfway between your roots and your hand, firmly brushing downwards towards the scalp. When you’re done backcombing, just smooth out the top section with a brush, using light pressure to hide the backcombed sections. You should then be able to nestle the comb into the backcombed section of hair and secure it with one or two hair grips.

2. Consider a Half-Up, Half-Down Style

If you’d like a bit of extra security, you can always try a half up, half down style. This kind of hairstyle is fantastic for boho brides and woodland weddings, as it looks very romantic and ethereal. To do this, simply take two sections of hair on either side and bring them together to create a small ponytail. Once secured with a hair band, you can insert the comb of the veil into the gathered ponytail for better grip. You could even shake up this style by plaiting each section of hair before bringing them together into a ponytail, which will create two delicate braids!

If you’d like to hide the ponytails for a sleeker down do, try lifting the top layer of hair and creating the ponytails underneath. In doing this you can thicken the hair up but smooth over the top section and nestle the comb down into the ponytails beneath.

3. Use Plenty of Hair Pins

A lot of brides think that, with a down do, they should use as little hair accessories as possible. But that’s really not the case. When your hair is loose, it gives less grip for a comb. Therefore, in some cases, it’s really helpful to use hair pins to secure the comb and hair in place, especially if you’re planning on wearing your veil all day!

Other hair accessories can also be used to secure your veil, including hair vines. These beautiful, delicate additions not only look stunning but can work wonders to give you that little bit of added security. Or, if you’re not keen on using plain hair pins, why not consider a few well-placed embellished hair pins with floral details and embellishments for a little extra sparkle?

How to Wear a Wedding Veil with Hair Up

Wearing a veil with your hair up can create a stunning and elegant look that is sure to turn heads. Whether you opt for a classic updo or a more modern ponytail, we'll share some tips and tricks to ensure that your veil is the perfect finishing touch to your wedding day look.

If you’ve yet to choose your veil but you’re set on wearing your hair up, we recommend considering a veil that attaches with a comb or pins. A cathedral or fingertip veil can look especially stunning with an updo. If you're longing for a more vintage vibe, then a birdcage veil is sure to add a chic and retro feel.

Again, your hairstylist will be able to work their magic to create a gorgeous hairstyle for you but in the meantime, here are a few of our favourite options for pairing an updo with a veil.

A Sleek Bun

Super timeless, a sleek bun looks beautiful with a veil, whether it's placed at the crown of your head or at the nape of your neck. Add in some delicate hair accessories, such as hair pins or a sparkly bridal comb for that extra special touch.

A Romantic Updo

We’re picturing soft curls, twists, and braids, all elegantly gathered on top of your head. This type of hairstyle pairs perfectly with a veil, adding a touch of femininity to your bridal look.

The Messy Bun

For all the boho chic brides out there, the messy bun is perfect for giving off some real chill vibes, all whilst looking absolutely gorgeous. Messy buns work perfectly with veils, effortlessly creating a whimsical look and feel.

No matter which style you choose, your hairstylist should be able to help you to figure out the best placement for your veil and also recommend the right accessories needed to ensure that it stays secure all day long.
How to Wear a Veil with a Tiara

Ever since the beautiful Kate Middleton said “I do” to Prince William in a stunning Cartier design, wedding tiaras have been rising in popularity. These traditional accessories are often associated with royalty and princesses, and so can bring a sense of grandeur and formality to proceedings.

If you’ve always dreamed of wearing a tiara coupled with a sweeping veil on your big day, you’re probably wondering how to layer the two to stunning effect. If so, look no further! Here at Lace & Favour, we’re obsessed with helping brides to achieve the wedding look they’ve pictured since they were little girls and we’ve got the tips and tricks you need to get this combo en pointe with ease!

How Do You Wear a Bridal Tiara?

Bridal tiaras look amazing paired with all kinds of hair styles. They can be worn either at the front of the head, for a crown-like finish, or further back like a hair band. They can also work to stunning effect when paired with either single tier or two tier veils!

The first thing to consider when wearing a tiara is how far forwards or back you wear it. Ideally, a tiara should sit on the crown of your head. Too far forwards and it can look a little bit odd. Too far back and it might not have the impact you want!

How Do You Wear A Tiara with a Veil?

Wearing a tiara and a veil is quite simple. Once your hair is styled, you simply need to slip the tiara into position and nestle the comb on the veil down into your hair. It really is that easy! We would recommend using hair pins to secure the veil, just to ensure that it’s secure. Your tiara too should sit flat on the head, with the sides tucked into your hair so they’re not visible.

Can You Wear a Tiara with a Two-Tier Veil?

Absolutely! Two-tier wedding veils feature a section of tulle known as the ‘blusher’ which can either be swept back or worn over the face. To achieve this look, you should make sure both the tiara and veil are firmly in place before pulling the blusher forward over the tiara.

Do All Veils Come with Combs Attached?

At Lace & Favour, all our veils come with a comb attached, with the exception of some of our cap veils which do not require a comb. Comprehensive information relating to each of our products can be found online. However, if you have any questions about a specific veil or accessory, please do contact us and we’d be happy to help!

Shop Veils, Tiaras and Hair Accessories with Lace & Favour

Here at Lace & Favour, we have a wide selection of gorgeous veils, tiaras and hair accessories to choose from to help you achieve a pretty as a princess look. Designs range from subtle and understated to all-out showstoppers that make a statement whether you wear them with a veil or without. Whether you’re a boho bride looking to put a look together that’s inspired by the natural world or you’re choosing to channel Kate Middleton vibes, our collection of beautiful tiaras and veils are just the thing to help you achieve your dream wedding look.

Shop our collection online today with Lace & Favour. We hope these tips help you feel inspired and excited about wearing a veil with your hair up. Remember, the most important thing is to choose a style that makes you feel confident and beautiful. With the right veil and hairstyle, you'll be ready to walk down the aisle with grace and elegance. Happy wedding planning!

See a Small Selection of our Most Popular Veils Below

1 of 5 Bianco Ivory Single Tier Satin Edge Cathedral Veil

Bianco Ivory Single Tier Satin Edge Cathedral Veil S153

By Bianco Evento

Code: S153

Added to our website on: 10 November 2020


Style S153 by Bianco Evento A simple and elegant single tier cathedral veil featuring a narrow satin ribbon edge...

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2 of 5 Bianco Ivory Single Tier Satin Edge Waist Length Veil

Bianco Ivory Single Tier Satin Edge Waist Length Veil S136

By Bianco Evento

Code: S136

Added to our website on: 10 November 2020


Style S136 by Bianco Evento A simple and elegant single tier waist length veil featuring a narrow satin ribbon edge...

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3 of 5 Intrigue Ivory Plain Long Single Tier Veil with Cut Edge

Rainbow Club Intrigue Ivory Plain Long Single Tier Veil with Cut Edge

By Rainbow Club


Options available:
Veil Length: 88" / 225cm

Added to our website on: 10 November 2020


A perfectly plain single tier Italian tulle bridal veil with a raw, hand cut edge...

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4 of 5 Bianco Ivory Single Tier Floral Lace Edge Fingertip Veil

Bianco Ivory Single Tier Floral Lace Edge Fingertip Veil S413

By Bianco Evento

Code: S413

Added to our website on: 10 November 2020


Style S413 by Bianco Evento Delicately beaded floral lace adorns the edges of this absolutely gorgeous fingertip veil...

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5 of 5 Bianco Ivory Waterfall Effect Fingertip Veil with Narrow Lace Edge

Bianco Ivory Waterfall Effect Fingertip Veil with Narrow Lace Edge S365

By Bianco Evento

Code: S365

Added to our website on: 10 November 2020


Style S365 by Bianco Evento A very pretty single tier fingertip bridal veil handcrafted from the softest ivory tulle featuring a delicate boho style lace edging...

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Written by Amy

Amy is the Ecommerce Director at Lace & Favour. She regularly works with leading designer brands and their stylists to curate collections of hand-picked products for brides-to-be, helping them to create their perfect bridal look.  We hope this guide has provided you with plenty of ideas and inspiration to find the perfect veil to complete your bridal look.

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