Bridal Veil Lengths and Styles

When you think of what you’ll need for your wedding day, the wedding dress, the bouquet, and the shoes all probably come to mind first. But without the veil, you’re just another woman at a formal event. The wedding veil is what visually transforms you into a bride – so don’t overlook its importance.

Veils come in all lengths, and your decision should depend on your dress and wedding theme. Tradition says that the shorter the veil, the more informal the wedding, but browse veils of all lengths just to get a feel for them.

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Blusher is not a veil in and of itself, but an add-on to many veils. It is the shoulder-length layer that a bride can wear over her face for some cute bride and groom kissing-under-the-veil pictures or walking down the aisle in a civil ceremony. When not is use, the blusher is drawn back to make a nice overlay and add fullness to the wedding veil.

Shoulder Length falls just below the shoulders and is a pretty unconventional choice for a bride. These short bridal veils are good for a casual wedding, or alternately, for showing off a wedding gown bodice with elaborate detailing on the back that you’d like to show off. They also perfectly complement a ballerina length wedding gown with a tulle overlay.

Elbow Length falls at the middle back of the bride. This is the most common wedding veil length and flatters just about every body type and style of gown. It works well for ornate or simple dresses, with or without trains.

Fingertip Length falls at the fingertips (or right about at the rear end) of the bride. This length isn’t recommended for dresses with a train, but adds some elegant flair without becoming obtrusive.

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Waltz Length falls somewhere between the thigh and the back of the knee. At this length, the veil becomes more than just an accessory: it is a major stylistic element of your dress.

Chapel Length about a foot longer than the hem of a floor-length wedding dress, the chapel length veil drapes behind the bride when she is moving and pools around her when she is still. Dramatic for wedding pictures, but obviously must be removed for the reception.

Cathedral Length extends several feet beyond the floor. You can’t get more elegant or dramatic than the cathedral length veil. This veil length lends itself to some seriously artistic wedding photos (think of the wedding pictures of the beautiful bride with her long veil blowing behind her in the wind.)

Veils can have a lot of stylistic variety. In addition to length, consider the veil’s trim, its shape (one flat length or angled upward toward the face,) and the fullness created by the number of layers it has.