Veil lengths and styles



I have previously blogged about wearing a veil, but I didn’t go into to too much detail about the types of veils that you can have.  Of course no one needs a veil, however   there are not too many times in ones life that one can do it. I wore a veil. I love a good veil. Though some people don’t, they don’t feel comfortable in them and sometimes they don’t always suit the style of the dress that people wear. Other people can really make their outfit shine with the use of a veil.

All the technical terms are not important, but nice too look at and see what might suit your own personal style.

Birdcage veil


The birdcage veil is short and ideal for an outdoor wedding. Sometimes they are just the perfect veil to match with a vintage dress. My friend Suzy, who had her wedding in New Zealand, had the loveliest little birdcage veil. Check out the blog about her day here.

Blusher Veil or Shoulder length

This veil rests just above or just below the shoulders and is another good idea for an outdoor wedding or if you are wanting to show off your gown, especially if it has a lot of detail on the back. These style veils are also paired with 3/4 length gowns.

Elbow length

This veil commonly sits, well, as it suggests.. at the elbow it is often paired with a dress with a full skirt as it finishes where the skirts fullness begins.

Fingertip length veil



This is probably one of the most common length veils, as it is said to suit most body types and lots of styles of dresses. It allows the bride to wear a longer veil without covering all of the length of the dress.

Waltz or Ballet length veil 


Also in the category would be the knee length veil. All within a few centimetres of each other, (or inches depending what websites that you frequent), this is suggested to be one of the longest that you can wear with comfort for an extended time, especially if you want to wear it for all of your reception as well. It is short enough not to have to be carried as well as worn.

Chapel length veil

A chapel length veil would traditionally be worn with a dress that has a train, and would usually sit 15-20 centimetres past the train or hem of the dress.

Cathedral length veil


Think Princess Diana. A cathedral veil is around 3 to 3 1/2 meters long

Drop veil


Drop veil is a veil that is a single layer and looks like it has been dropped on the brides head, some styles of dresses look amazing with this style of veil.

Well, who knew there were so many names for veils. Do you like a veil or think that they are getting to be old fashioned? Is it a must have item or does it depend on the dress that is being worn?

 All images found on Pintrest

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