You’ve been dreaming about this special day your entire life. While the dress is the most important garment you’ll choose for your wedding, a mantilla veil just may be the second. Mantilla veils are round or oval shape, traditionally of Spanish origin, made of fine silk or delicate tulle trimmed in lace. The veil is pinned high on the crown and drapes over the head and shoulders in various lengths. The hairstyle must complement the mantilla veil, so it is best to book a professional hairdresser to achieve your desired look. Set a practice session and bring the veil along to try any of these glamorous hairstyles.

Classic Chignon

For a timeless and sophisticated look, pull the hair off your face and into a chignon, or knot, at the nape of the neck. This chic bun will allow for the mantilla veil to frame your face without taking away from the overall style. You can pin the mantilla veil to the top of the chignon or higher at the crown of the head. Make sure to keep the chignon low as a high bun or variation could alter the shape of the veil. If your hair is shorter or you desire a softer look, allow a few wisps of hair or loose curls to fall naturally along the side-swept form.

Finger Waves

Hollywood glamour girls may opt to style their hair in finger waves, which are “S” shaped curls tight across the head. This Gatsby-era hairstyle is very luxurious and will last for the entire wedding celebration if done properly. Finger waves are created by adding a styling gel or mousse to wet hair, then parting hair into sections, while using a comb and fingers to shape the “S” or wave into the hair. With a mantilla veil placed at the top of the head, you will be able to see the waves in the hairline and of course, the spit curl which is pressed flat against the cheek or forehead, in the ever-glam flapper style.

Half-Up Romance

If you’re the ultimate romantic and love loose curls, opt for a gracefully styled half-up and half-down hairdo. This pulls the heaviness of your hair back, adds some volume to the crown and gives perfect placement to your mantilla veil to flow along a clean hairline. The long and luscious body of hair will cascade down the back in romantic curls, which can be set in hot rollers or created with a curling or flat iron.

Beautiful Bangs and Short Styles

Don’t fear if you have bangs or short hair — you can still wear a mantilla veil. Because the veil draws attention to the face with the lace detail, pin it at the top of the crown behind the bang line and it will take its natural shape surrounding the face, elegantly falling over the shoulders in a traditional style.