Try It. Rent It. Love It. Buy It.

Dressing For "I Do": Your Guide to Different Veil Lengths and Styles

November 28, 2018

Dressing For

Source: Natalie Franke Photography

Every bride wants to look absolutely beautiful on her wedding day. You’ll spend hours, even days, searching for the perfect dress, the perfect hairstyle, the perfect makeup look. But when it comes to choosing your veil, you may feel a little clueless. Which style is right for you?

Your wedding veil is the final piece of the puzzle — that extra something that takes your wedding look to the next level. It’s very important to find one that suits your dress, vibes with your personal style, and turns your walk down the aisle into a major fashion moment. And if you’re still not sure where to start, don’t worry; we’ve got your back.


Short and Sweet

Veils come in a wide variety of different lengths and styles, and each one adds its own unique flair to the overall bridal look. If you’re planning to wear something simpler for your ceremony, consider a shorter veil to match.Birdcage veils, which are usually made of netting and extend no lower than the chin, are an excellent choice for an outdoor garden wedding or a vintage-loving bride.

You can vary the length of your veil based on how much coverage you want (or how much of your dress you want to show off). Yep, even the “short veil” can vary in length, settling at your shoulder, the top of your dress or your elbow. However, one of the most popular options is thefingertip veil, which — as the name suggests — extends down to the bride’s fingertips (about 42”). This veil offers a romantic, traditional look, while the long, sheer fabric allows for a clear look at the back of the dress.

Long and Lovely

Maybe simple isn’t your thing. This is your day, and you’re here for thedrama. There are plenty of veil options for you! For example, you might want to try awaltz veil(also called a ballet veil), which extends about 60”, hitting the bride at mid-calf. This wedding veil offers an ethereal, flowing look, but won’t get in the way while you’re out on the dance floor — best of both worlds!

Of course, if you want to make a truly grand entrance, nothing beats a cathedral veil. This massive masterpiece usually extends to 108" (that’s 9 FEET, people!) and adds some serious drama and elegance to your look. In one of these beauties, your walk down the aisle is sure to be fit for a queen.  

Don’t Forget the Details

Once you find the right veil length, you’ll have to find one with the right details. Some veils feature lace details, crystals embedded in the fabric, or beading. Each of these elements will add something different to your look; for example, a cathedral veil with beading along the trim (starting from about fingertip length) can add detail to the back of your dress, adding a touch of elegance and romance to your walk down the aisle. This look is a beautiful way to “dress up” a gown that has a simple and understated back.

It’s important to find something that compliments your gown without pulling attention from it, so don’t be afraid to try many different styles. The more options you explore, the more likely you are to find that perfect fit for your special day!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Our Favorite Styles from Bridal Fashion Week
Our Favorite Styles from Bridal Fashion Week

April 17, 2019

Last week, some of the most creative and innovative designers gathered in New York for Bridal Fashion Week, ready to show us the latest and greatest in bridal looks. We live for this kind of thing (seriously, it’s like our Christmas), and this year’s FW completely delivered with some stunning designs.
Read More
The History Behind the Wedding Veil
The History Behind the Wedding Veil

March 20, 2019

Anyone who's ever set foot in a bridal boutique knows that when it comes to wedding accessories, veils reign supreme. This flowy piece of fabric adds elegance and drama to any wedding look (who doesn't want that?). The veil is also a unique accessory, one you can't wear anywhere else, and one that is uniquely “bridal.”

Read More
wedding hair styles
Different Ways to Style Your Hair for Your Wedding

February 25, 2019

When it comes to creating the perfect bridal look, finding your wedding hairstyle can be just as important as finding your gown. Your ‘do should suit your personal style, as well as complement the other parts of your ensemble, such as special details in your dress.

Read More