Matching the perfect veil to your dress is easier
if you know some wedding veil
You want to choose a veil that is complimentary to your dress
and veils have many lengths, styles and embellishments to take into consideration.
Let's start some veil terminology -
This veil is typically a very short veil that
comes down to your chin.
It is a vintage look which can be worn
across your face or swept off on the side.
The Blusher Veil - is a single layer worn over
the face for the groom or dad to lift up to
reveille the brides face.
The Shoulder Length Veil - most measure 20 - 22
inches in length, this is perfect for dresses
that have detailing on the back like
bead work you want everyone to see.
The veil should rest on your shoulders
and are considered a little less formal.
The Elbow Length Veil - about 25-32 inches,
this veil will extend to your elbows,
of course. The nice feature of these veils
is that the veil ends where the full skirt
of your dress begins, good for full ballgown
The Fingertip Veil - this is a longer veil that
should extend to your fingertips.
It's complimentary style gives you a longer veil
but still allows your gown to be the main event.
The Knee Length Veil - of course should fall
to the knee area, about 48 inches in length,
this veil covers more of the dress and goes
well with dresses with less of a train.
The Waltz Veil - a longer veil but still not full length,
these are more economical and gives you a little
extra to your look, goes nicely with dresses that
do not have a train.
The Floor Length Veil - we can break these down into 2 categories,
the Chapel Length and the Cathedral Length.
Both are known to be worn at a more formal
affair and offer dramatic entrances.
The Chapel length veil is 90+ inches and is a full veil.
Be sure to measure where your veil will be placed
on your head as this could make your veil to long
if not measured correctly to match your tiara or
The Cathedral veil is a well known full length
veil that measures up to 120+ inches.
This veil is worn best with a cathedral length gown.
Consider royal weddings, you may have seen the bride
walking down the aisle with a long train and veil
over the train or with attendants holding the train.
Best with very formal affairs!
The Mantilla veil is a veil made of silk, lace or tulle
and has a lace edge all around the veil with a hair
combs to secure it in your hair.
The lace frames the face and is usually elbow to
finger length veil.
Here is our chart to sum up the veils -
Wedding Veil Styles by Length
Bird Cage Wedding Veil: 4-9"
Blusher Wedding Veil: 30"
Shoulder-Length Wedding Veil: 20-22"
Elbow Wedding Veil: 25-32"
Fingertip Wedding Veil: 38-40"
Knee-Length Veil: 45-48"
Waltz Wedding Veil: 60"
Floor-Length Wedding Veil: Chapel 90+", Cathedral 120+or -"
How wide should your veil be?
Most veils are 54 or 72 inches wide.
Depending on your gown and veil style, this will
determine how wide the veil should be to look the
most beautiful on you.
You can have a wider veil that give a look of a very full amount
of veil on top of your head.
Most of those are 108 inches and look best with off
the should gowns.
Last tips on picking a veil -
1. the veil is a compliment to your dress, not the main focus
2. think about your hair style first before choosing a veil
3. pick out your tiara or hair piece and then pick out the veil
4. think about the style and length of your gown and match
with our chart
Thanks for reading our post and we hope we provided
some useful information!
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