Among the myriad of choices awaiting any bride-to-be, your wedding veil stands as a timeless accessory, framing the unforgettable moment when you walk down the aisle. If you’re going traditional, the veil will be used for the big reveal! When everyone can see your gorgeous face clearly for the first time. Your wedding day is not only the day you get to tie the knot with the love of your life, but it’s also where you finally introduce yourself as a Mrs, so you better look the part! Short wedding veils are often underestimated in their impact, they hold a unique charm that effortlessly complements diverse bridal looks and can still add some drama to your look in a more fun and playful way. If you’re not sure what kind of veil works best for you, check out our wedding veil guide for all the options! 

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20 short wedding veil ideas for the chic and timeless bride

The Versatility of Short Wedding Veils

Short veils are a versatile choice, ranging from birdcage veils to shoulder-length beauties, and embroidered fingertip-length accessories. Their adaptability effortlessly suits various wedding styles, from vintage-inspired to modern, minimalist affairs. Go for Juliet caps and birdcage veils for a vintage vibe. The vintage allure enhances any retro-themed wedding with its chic, face-framing style. We’re seeing the rise of 60s and 70s groovy chic wedding fashion stemming from the popularity of retro wedding cakes and disco ball decor

MAINE TULLE VEIL Liberty in Love 


This Liberty In Love classic two-tier tulle is the perfect accessory for any bride. This veil is hand-cut using classic ivory tulle that gives a subtle flattering frame around the face.

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This classic veil by Gigi & Olive is for those looking for elegance and simplicity. Handmade, this short wedding veil is made for brides who want zero fuss but optimum style. 

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Effortless Elegance in Every Length

A shoulder-length veil brings forth a sense of sophistication, gently grazing the shoulders while leaving room for showcasing intricate hairstyles or intricate dress details. This length harmonises gracefully with both traditional and contemporary gowns, offering a perfect balance between glamour and simplicity.

Pearl Tulle Veil Six Stories


Recommended Supplier, Six Stories, is your go-to for the chicest hen party and bridal accessories. You won't want to take off this stunning short wedding veil embellished with pearls. 

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Short veils are fun, flirty and playful! Made from two layers of soft ivory tulle, this veil by Recommended Supplier, Lace & Favour, is completed with a large ivory satin bow at the comb. 

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Short Veils for Modern Brides

Modern brides often seek unique elements to make their ensemble stand out. Short veils present an opportunity to infuse personality into the bridal look. Whether it's a crystal-adorned birdcage veil or a delicate lace-trimmed shoulder-length veil, these pieces add a hint of individuality while maintaining an elegant aesthetic. Personally, our favourites are short veils with bows! Check out our wedding bows roundup for some more inspiration! 



This cutesy heart trim veil is perfect for brides who want more of a contemporary touch to their wedding or hen do! This delicate handmade veil takes 3 hours to make with each heart being attached one by one. Gigi & Olive never disappoints!

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Bride to be hen party veil team hen


How many times in your life do you get to wear a veil? Not many! So, this Team Hen bride-to-be veil is perfect for your hen party! This short wedding veil is delicately embroidered and it's playful short length makes it the dream accessory!  

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Choosing the Perfect Short Veil

When choosing a short wedding veil, you should first consider your wedding dress silhouette, hairstyle, and personal preferences. A birdcage veil pairs exceptionally well with tea-length dresses, exuding retro vibes. For a sleek and contemporary look, opt for a simple, sheer shoulder-length veil that accentuates your gown without overwhelming it. If you still love traditional styling, an embroidered lace edge is so classic. 

Phase Eight Short Double Tier Veil


Designed in a classic ivory shade this double-tier wedding veil by Phase Eight is perfect for a more traditional look. Without the volume of most short wedding veils, this veil hangs more delicately around and over the face. 

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bridal net veil clip Monsoon


Take a tradition and make it your own with this birdcage veil from Monsoon. This veil clips just above a half-up half-down hairstyle for a chic finish. It combines netting with luxurious structured mesh, sitting on a fabric-coated salon clip.

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Short wedding veils are one of our wedding trend predictions for 2024!

Short wedding veils wield a remarkable power to elevate your bridal style. Whether you lean towards vintage charm or modern elegance, these veils stand as a versatile accessory, enriching your overall look with a touch of sophistication and grace. In the realm of bridal fashion, short veils shine as a timeless choice. However, a choice that is just as important is the bridal accessories! Are you thinking of some gorgeous pearl jewellery, killer sunglasses, or a totally dramatic wedding reception dress change? Express your individuality on your wedding day! It’s Your Day, Your Way! 

Leah Blundell

Written by Leah Blundell

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