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I'm Shanmari - elopement crafter and photographer here at Avonture. I'm based out of Ohio and travels worldwide to help couples plan their dream elopement that values their beliefs and authenticity. Reach out anytime if you'd like to chat about yours!

How to Elope with a Veil

You’ve decided to elope and have started shopping for the perfect dress. But have you thought about whether you’ll be wearing a veil or not?

The answer comes down to personal preference. Some brides like the way a veil looks and makes them feel with their wedding dress on.

Eloping with a veil can be a major statement piece, and there are several types for you to choose from. Wearing a veil can create fun and creative portrait opportunities while you’re surrounded by nature.

If you’re thinking of wearing a veil to your wedding, you need to consider a few things. Read further to learn more.

Bride wearing a veil while eloping in Hocking Hills State Park Ohio

Eloping with a Long Veil

Long veils that touch the ground are called cathedral veils and can an element of drama, especially if there’s a slight breeze. However, you do need to think about the location of your elopement.

Long veils can get caught on rocks and sticks, so you need to be extra mindful while you’re walking. If you’re having an adventure elopement and hiking to your location, carry your veil and only put it on right before the ceremony to avoid it from getting stuck on anything.

It can be practical to find a veil that’s a similar length to your wedding dress’s train, so it’s easier to manage on your own.

Couple windswept on a sand dune in Michigan on their elopement day

Eloping with a Short or Mid-Length Veil

A short veil is usually the one brides turn to for small and intimate weddings as they are easier to manage and are more suited to outdoor ceremonies.

The best length will depend on your wedding dress silhouette, height, and the atmosphere you’d like to achieve. The most versatile and flattering length is the fingertip length veil which gives you just a touch of length you’re after.

A mid-length veil can stay cleaner for longer, but there’s the possibility of it blowing in your face if you get married on a windy day. If it is windy, you may want to prevent your veil from flying away by pinning the veil down to your hair.

When ordering a short or mid-length veil, make sure it’s customized for your height. A shorter bride will look different with a fingertip veil than a bride wearing the same veil that’s taller.

Choose the Right Fabric for Your Veil

Have fun when you need to choose the fabric for your veil! If you are going for a classic look, consider a lace-lined veil, or if you’re leaning towards simplicity, get a plain tulle or organza.

If you have a personality for something different, look for beautiful ways to decorate your veil. You can add floral appliques, pearls, or fun colors!

No matter which fabric you choose, try to get a veil that’s soft and not too stiff.

If you’re looking for a two-layer veil, it might get challenging to manage if there’s a lot of wind. Unless you really love the idea of two layers, consider sticking to only one.

How to Transport and Store Your Veil

When traveling to a destination wedding with your veil, think about how you can store it to minimize damage and creases. This will come down to the size of your veil, how far you’re traveling, and your mode of transport.

Here are a few extra tips to elope with a veil:

  • Fold the veil carefully into its box. Minimize heavy creases by making sure the box is the right size for the veil. Avoid putting anything heavy on the fold lines and minimize creases by placing tissue paper between the layers for added support.

  • Hang the veil inside a garment bag on a clip or hanger. Ensure the garment bag’s zipper doesn’t catch the netting, as this can create a tear.

Once you reach your destination, remove the veil and hang it in a safe place. If you need to remove creases, hang the veil in a steamy bathroom.

Eloping couple smiling and embracing each other on their Moab elopement day

Keep the Veil off the Ground

If you and your partner are eloping with no guests and you have no bridal party to help you, drape the veil over one arm to lift it from the ground.

This will also keep leaves and dirt off your veil, so you can be at peace knowing your veil will look perfect in your wedding photography.

Choose the Style that Fits Your Personality

Before you elope with a veil, try on a few different styles and lengths to see how you feel wearing one. You want a veil that suits your style and personality.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have an adventurous outdoor elopement without a veil!

Curious about the perfect guide to picking your adventurous wedding dress out? Read here.


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I'm Shanmari - elopement crafter and photographer here at Avonture. I'm based out of Ohio and travels worldwide to help venturing couples like you plan their dream elopement that values their beliefs and authenticity.

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 If you'd like help planning your dream elopement day with a ultimate elopement planning guide, personalized location idea list just for you, vendor recommendations, planning and traveling tips and tricks, my never-ending help and guidance and an authentic, documentary approach to photographing your adventure - I would love to help you plan your day from scratch and make all your wedding dreams come true and more.

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