How to Get a Veil to Fly

how to get the veil to fly guide by alyssa rachelle photography

Have you noticed the trend for bridal portraits? You know the one that has the veil flying behind the bride? Oh my does it make for romantic, epic captures! But did you know that only certain veils do this well?

If you’re interested in getting portraits like that but don’t know what kind of veil you should have, I got you. Here are 5 things that get a veil to fly:

  1. Less beading
    1. This is a big one. Having too much beading make a veil heavy and more difficult to toss. The veil will look less natural when it’s tossed, because it’s less likely to open up and flow. Lace is a great alternative to beading if you’re wanting to add detail to your veil.
  2. Longer
    1. Veils that fall at the ground or a couple inches beyond the bridal gown, like chapel veils, or ones that trails behind the bride, like cathedral veils, are the best option.
  3. Soft & light material, like fine tulle
    1. The softer and lighter, the more airborne your veil will go!
  4. One layer
    1. Multiple layers are more challenging to toss together.
  5. Have someone, like your Maid of Honor, available to toss!
    1. Your wedding photographer should have an assistant or second shooter that can toss your veil for them. In the case that they don’t, and you know you want this shot, let someone know and ask them to be present during some of your portrait time.


This list is also in order of importance. So, if you find something you love and it doesn’t have all these things, you’ll know where to compromise! Can’t wait to help you get this shot! 🙂