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Style Advice: How to Choose Your Wedding Veil

June 20, 2016

Style Advice: How to Choose Your Wedding Veil

You’ve found the perfect dress and now it’s time to choose the perfect veil to match. When brides visit our Vancouver showroom, we all too often see brides view the sea of tulle on our veil wall, with a look that says, “Where in the world do I begin?”

Not to worry lovelies, we’ve broken choosing your veil down into one easy rule: Mood is EVERYTHING!

Choosing a veil based on mood...

The mood sets the overall tone for your wedding, as well as your bridal look. As far as we are concerned, it’s also everything when it comes to choosing the veil. Your walk down the aisle will be the first place that your wedding guests will see you, so you want to make sure your look evokes the right emotion. So, how does mood translate into choosing your veil? Whether your wedding will be playful, laid-back, sophisticated, perfectly on trend, or bohemian, there's a veil for you!


Short veils are perfect for playful brides! There is a fun and fancy-free vibe to short veils that fun-loving brides will adore. Short veils are easy to wear and carefree; just pop it in and get your marry on!

waist length alencon lace veil

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  bocheron pearl earrings stephanie browne  double strand pearl and crystal bridal bracelet


60's vintage inspired bride with short puffy veil

photo credit: kirill bordon photography

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double layer short veil opening night kate spade crystal drop statement earrings swarovski crystal round gala bracelet


You love the classic tradition idea of a veil, but hate a fuss. As a low-key bride, you want to be able to put your bridal look together and not think about it again for the rest of the day. When simplicity is key, a fingertip or waltz length veil is the answer. A mid-length veil won’t need to be re-arranged as you move and will look great in photos of your ring and your bouquet.

lily illusion tulle fingertip veil

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shop the lily fingertip veil hayworth pearl drop earrings shop our petite pearl and crystal brooch bracelet


Jackie-O and Princess Di are style icons you admire for their classic beauty. You’ve chosen a lace sheath, classic A-line dress or perhaps a tulle ball gown that reads elegant and sophisticated and understated is a charmed word in your books. A pension for clean and classic translates perfectly into a chapel or cathedral veil. Because less is often more when you want the dress to speak for itself, we think you will love a veil with a hand-cut edge.

lily illusion tulle chapel length veil

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shop the lily chapel length illusion tulle veil

Of the Moment

SATC forever. Carrie Bradshaw is queen in your books and your friends know you for wearing the fashion item of the moment. As any trend-loving bride will know, ever-changing times mean that the veil of moment will inevitably change year after year, but for today’s bride, an on-point statement veil would be a drop veil (below) or mantilla veil. Both make beautiful statements, in slightly different ways.

rent our Cassia chantilly lace fingertip drop veil

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The mountains and open land call to you and your groom. Places like North Arm Farm in Saanich, BC are your version of wedding venue heaven and you will be wearing an easy sheath dress, because no dress is going to keep you from the fun. You will want a no-fuss veil (and stunning headpiece) to match!

delphine chapel length drop veil

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shop the delphine chapel drop veil shop our sparkling crystal hair vine  shop our vintage cystal studs by erin cole


Have another mood in mind? Feel free to comment on this post, use our live chat below, or send our stylists an email so that we can help you find the perfect veil!


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shop online or visit the Vancouver showroom to select your bridal look. Click here to request a consultation  pick up your order from our Vancouver showroom on Thursdays. Not in Vancouver? Nationwide shipping available wear your items, tie the knot, be unforgettable, be you. share the look with hashtag borrowedcobride return your items to the showroom by 4pm the following monday. Shipping? Use the provided pre-paid envelope to return to Canada Post

Vancouver brides are invited to meet with a stylist at our Vancouver showroom! Request your personal consultation here.


Questions about How it Works? Here are answers to some of our most common inquiries:

Reserve FAQ's:

Q. Do I need an appointment to visit the showroom?

A. Our showroom is by appointment only. You can book your consultation here.

Q. Is the entire collection on the website?

A. We try to keep the website as up to date as possible, but there are typically 6-12 new items not on the site at any given time.

Q. My wedding is on a weekday, can I still rent items?

A. We can accommodate weekday weddings in Vancouver. Contact us to inquire!

Q. I'm having a destination wedding, can I still rent items?

A. We offer extended rentals year-round. Extended rentals from May 1 - October 31st will be subject to our extended rental rate of 1.5x. Contact us for details.


Pick Up FAQ's:

Q. My wedding is on a Friday, can I pick up before Thursday?

A. We are happy to accommodate other pick up days when possible. Feel free to discuss this at your consultation.

Q. I can't make it to pick up that day; can someone else pick up for me?

A. Definitely! It is best to let us know that someone else will be coming and they will need to give your name in order to pick up.


Return FAQ's:

Q. We are leaving on our honeymoon before Monday, can someone else return for me?

A. Of course! Just be sure to let them know of the 4pm return deadline, as late returns are subject to a fee.

Q. My wedding is on a long weekend, are the returns still on Monday?

A. We've got you covered. Returns are on Tuesday for all long weekends, where Monday is the civic holiday.

Q. Our wedding is out of town and we won't be back until Tuesday, can I return then?

A. We try to accommodate the extra day whenever possible, but it must be arranged beforehand, in order to maintain our rental schedule.