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6 most popular types of wedding veils and wedding hairstyles

Whether it sweeps the floor or dances around your shoulders, the right veil should fit the hairstyle and vice versa.
 

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Full, three- to four-layer veil
A full veil is meant to be poufy and sits well on taller brides. You can either have three to four medium-length layers that end around mid-back or have the last layer trailing long.
Best hairstyle: A mid-back or low chignon with no hair accessories. But instead of having hair slicked back flat, curl it first for texture. The hair shouldn't be pulled back too tight either. This balances the no-accessory look. Finish off with nice chandelier earrings or brilliant diamond studs.

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Single or double layer waist-length veil
One of the easiest and most fuss-free veil styles to wear. The veil is secured at the base of a low hairdo or a French twist, and left flowing down the back.
Best hairstyle: Keep it soft and romantic to go with the fluid look of the veil. Have a centre parting - it looks more modern.

Patterned veil
This looks good with a classic updo, topped with a glittering tiara. The veil is secured in the back of the head, at the centre. Have two layers, with the longer layer floor length at least.
Best hairstyle: Opt for an updo with volume, so hair looks fuller in front. This will hold your tiara better too.

PHOTO: Jamie Lynn Spears wore a lovely floor-length lace veil when she married James Watson in May 2014, Pinterest

Floor length or longer
The beauty of a floor length veil is that it looks dramatic on its own - you don't have to worry if your hairdo is up or down. You need to be tall enough, though.
Best hairstyle: The single layer veil calls for long lush waves with beautiful shine coming through. Finish with a small tiara detail. 

This article was first published in Her World Brides Sept - Nov 2004.