When shopping for your wedding dress, brides are all pretty aware of the styles and shapes they want. But what about their veil? Veil lengths vary and not many brides know why. While traditions have changed and these days brides may not even wear a veil at all, knowing why veil are they way they are can always be a fun fact to know when shopping for yours!
Birdcage Veil and Visor Veil
The Birdcage Veil and the Visor Veil are the shortest veil and typically extends to just below the chin. The Visor Veil typically has an embellishment on one side that adds a little flair. These veils are perfect if you’re looking for a vintage vibe or wanting to do something a little different!
Shoulder Length Veil
Shoulder Length Veils are perfect for a gown that has a lot of detail in the back. They typically measure about 20 inches long. Depending on where this veil is places on the brides head the veil could fall slightly below or above the shoulders.
Elbow Length Veil
This is the most commonly worn veil length. It can be worn in a single tier or have multiple layers to use as a blusher. This is typically a more informal veil length, however, it pairs perfectly with a ballgown style dress.
Fingertip Length Veil
The Fingertip Veil typically is about 36 inches long reach around the tips of the brides fingers. This is a very traditional look that still allows the bride to show off her gown while having the traditional feel of a long veil.
Knee Length Veil
This is this longest veil without having any sort of train. It complements a fittest dress perfectly, however, it can be worn with any style of dress a bride pleases. This is a great option for brides who want to keep their veil on during the reception but not worry about it being stepped on or in the way.
Floor Length/Ballet Veil
A Floor Length or Ballet veil barely brushes the floor behind the brides dress. This veil pairs perfectly with every silhouette of dress because of the elegant simplicity of the veil.
Chapel Length Veil
When you think of a long sweeping veil, it’s most likely a Chapel Length veil you’re thinking of. This veil gives the elegant and beautiful feel that most people consider a traditional veil. The veil will fall anywhere between 6 to 12 inches behind the bride making for a dramatic walk down the aisle.
Cathedral Length Veil
A Cathedral length veil is the longest veil a bride can wear. It falls around 120 to 144 inches behind the bride’s dress. This veil is typically only paired with a semi-cathedral length to a cathedral length gown so that the veil extends past the train of the dress.
A blusher is the part of the veil the bride wears over her face during the ceremony. Not all veils have a blusher, however, if you’re going for a traditional feel a blusher goes along well. Once the blusher is lifted off the brides face at the end of the ceremony it lays on top of the existing veil to add a layer and volume.