November 12, 2019

Selecting the Perfect Bridal Veil | Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Barnsley Manor Wedding Photographer Photo

Are you looking to take your wedding portraits to the next level?  As a Pennsylvania wedding photographer, I’ve got three helpful tips for choosing a veil that will make your wedding portraits epic!

Bridal veil

Oh, those swooping veil shots.  They’re so classic and timeless and oh, so breathtaking!

Veils can add so much visual interest to your portraits by creating dimension and movement.   If you’re hoping for some amazing veil shots on your wedding day, there’s definitely a few rules to follow when selecting the perfect veil!

1.  Weight

If you want a veil that floats, you’ll need to select a veil that is simple and “weightless.”  Be careful of heavy embellishments, beading and heavy embroidery which can add unwanted weight.  Weighty veils will simply drop to the ground, rather than softly float down.

Blue Mountain Resort Bride with Cathedral length veil

2.  Length

Chapel or Cathedral length veils work best for swooping veil shots since they allow me to be able to stand back and shoot, while at the same time, being able to hold on to the end of the veil.  (Also, these lengths photograph so romantically!)  Shorter lengths are beautiful, but they don’t allow the photography team the same options and freedom for being creative.

Not sure about all of the veil length options?  Check out (and save!) this helpful visual from Pinterest!

Stroudsmoor Country Inn Wedding Photographer Photo

3.  Color

This tip doesn’t have anything to do with floating or swooping, but, the color of your veil is important!

As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen a few instances where the veil wasn’t an exact color match to the dress.  Unfortunately, you will be able to tell the subtle difference in color between a stark white veil and an off-white dress! Bottom line: Make sure your veil and dress colors match for the best results.

Lace veil detail from Blue Bell Country Club wedding

Alyssa is a Pennsylvania wedding photographer serving the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Philadelphia, Lancaster & beyond.  To inquire about your upcoming wedding, get in touch here!

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