Wedding Veils Guide


A bride truly gets the feeling of bride when she witnesses few things in her wardrobe—a white wedding gown to be worn, a bridal veil and a garter belt with cute little blue ribbon.

Bridal veil is an important accessory among other things. The tradition of wearing a veil is in practice since long time back.

A veil is seemingly simple accessory but it has the power to completely transform the entire bridal look. It has become more of a finishing touch that pulls the hair and the dress together. Plenty of brides choose to wear bridal headpieces such as halo or headband. Bridal veils and headpieces can be a traditional ivory, bohemian, vintage-inspired or edgy. Most importantly, they are an extension of your style and wedding dress. You even can jazz up your modern bridal look to give a touch of traditional feel with veils.

Veils are iconic bridal accessory with so many different options—length to material and trims to embellishments. It can be overwhelming to know where to start from. The decision to buy one veil over another depends on your want of adding wow factor or to soften the look of your wedding dress.

Here is the list of wedding veils length that will help you to choose the perfect one on your big day.


Birdcage veils are short and are typically made out of netting and cover a portion of a bride’s face and fall above the chin.


A blusher covers bride’s entire face and ends around shoulders. This veil is commonly paired with a longer veil and worn during more conservative ceremonies.

Fly away veil

This veil falls at or below the shoulders and is great option for vintage brides or short wedding dresses. Compared to birdcage veils, fly-away veils make a bigger statement and offer more volume.

Elbow length veil

An elbow-length veil falls right around a bride’s elbows or waistline. This pick looks flattering with almost any wedding dress style. It is ideal for a bride who looks for an easy and hassle-free veil.

Fingertip length veil

A fingertip veil falls at or right below a bride’s fingertips. This is a timeless and elegant veil length. Fingertip veils have just enough length to add a “wow” factor, but they are not too over-the-top.

Ballet veil

Also known as a waltz or ballerina veil, the ballet veil falls below the fingertips and above the ground. It is typically knee or ankle length. This style is perfect for brides that love the look of a long veil, but do not want to commit to a veil that actually touches the ground. With the ballet style, you do not have to worry about someone stepping on or tripping over your veil.

Chapel length

Chapel veils fall at the ground or a couple of inches beyond a bridal gown. These veils are definitely statement pieces and instantly create a dreamy and romantic feel. Veils at or beyond chapel-length are often removed after the wedding ceremony (and before the reception) so that a bride can walk and dance at ease.

Cathedral styles

A cathedral veil is the longest veil style—this veil trails behind a bride, well beyond her dress. If you are looking to create a dramatic effect, then a cathedral veil is the only way to go. Not to mention, this veil style is a wedding photographer’s dream because it lends itself to the most incredible bridal pictures.


The mantilla veil is another style that comes in different lengths. Typically, a mantilla veil is round and lined with lace. A bride should pin a mantilla veil about two inches from her hairline so that the lace trimming frames the side of her face and drapes downward. This is a gorgeous option to draw attention to a blushing bride’s glowing features.

Consider few things while purchasing a veil:

  1. Your bridal gown: First choose your gown and choose the veil accordingly so that it (veil) may enhance your gown.
  2. Your wedding venue: If your wedding is happening in large space, then choose for longer veil as it gives dramatic effect. But if the wedding is happening outdoors, choose short veil to prevent it from blowing too much or flying away.
  3. Your hairstyle: Keep your hairstyle in mind. Most veils work well with down hairstyle. But if you are planning on a more intricate hairstyle, choose a thin or sheer veil that will not completely conceal your hair.
  4. Color: When it comes to your veil color, match it with your wedding dress.
  5. Balance: If your wedding gown has heavy embellishments, then opt for your wedding veil that is simple and clean with minimal extras.
  6. Fabric: Tulle, it is classic for all veils. But depending upon look, you can choose from other fabrics as well.

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