The most iconic wedding veils of all time

A look at the some of the most beautiful and notable wedding veils ever worn to provide inspiration for your big day.  A veil can be simple and designed purely to compliment the dress or a bold statement reflecting your style and personality.  Take a look at the statement veils below to help you to make the choice.

Queen Mother (Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon) - 1923

The Queen Mother wore a long and heavily embroidered veil in the style traditional for the era during her marriage to the Duke of York, later George VI, on 16 April 1923.  The Juliet cap veil was held in place with a plain flower crown with white blooms on each side. 

Brigitte Bardot - 1952

French actress Brigitte Bardot wore a structured headband and stiff tulle veil during her marriage to French film director Roger Vadim on their wedding day at the Church of Passy, France on 20 December 1952.

Jackie Kennedy - 1953

Oh, Jackie O.  What a veil.  Jackie married John F Kennedy at an outdoor reception Newport, Rhode Island in 1953 wearing a long Juliet cap veil  made from dotted tulle with a floral lace embroidery.  A row of pretty flowers lined the bottom of the Juliet cap.  

Grace Kelly - 1956

Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III, Prince of Monaco on April 19, 1956 in the Cathedral in Monaco. Grace wore a floor length blusher veil with detailed embroidered edging on the tulle and a decorative embroidered cap in place of a more traditional tiara.  Stunning and unique - as you would expect from Miss Kelly.

Kate Moss - 2011

Kate Moss proved herself the queen of boho bridal attire during her wedding to Jamie Hince on 1 July 2011 in Abingdon, England.  The Juliet cap wedding veil was adorned with small glimmering crystals and edged with floral embroidery.  The shape of the veil, along with the ivory flowers on the side of the head, are the finishing touches to the laid back bohemian look.

Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) - 2011

Kate Middleton married Prince William in Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011 wearing a silk tulle fingertip length blusher veil with a traditional tiara.  Said to be inspired by Grace Kelly's bridal look, the veil was edged with embroidered flowers hand sewn by members of the Royal School of Needlework.  This must have involved hours of detailed work and patience and if their experience with invisible thread (it is like sewing with a strand of hair that has a propensity to knot) is anything like mine I can only imagine the profanities coming from that sewing room.