Your big day is finally within touching distance! It’s time for you to think about how you want your wedding to look, and how you want yourself to look during the ceremony. You might already have a dress in mind, but have you put much thought into your wedding veil?

In case you are feeling overwhelmed by the number of options heading your way, that’s normal! Veils range from 4-inch ‘face-framers’ to 120-inch ‘floor-skimmers’. Aside from the length, you also need to decide whether you will opt for the more modern ‘blusher’ style – a thin veil that covers your face until you are standing beside the groom. Another, more traditional style of veil is the ‘cathedral-length’ veil, which will add some classical drama to your look.

Here’s the lowdown on some other different lengths for your wedding veil:

  • Shoulder-length wedding veil (20-22 inches). Are you feeling especially excited about the details of your dress? Choosing a traditional-style veil that falls to your shoulders might be a great option that doesn’t cover your dress too much. It is a more traditional option than the daring shorter veils.
  • Elbow wedding veil (32 inches). This veil falls over the bride’s shoulders and finishes neatly at the elbow. A great choice if you are aiming to achieve a more conservative look without covering up too much!
  • Fingertip wedding veil (38-40 inches). Does your dress feature a stunning design on its back? Just want to cover up a little more? A veil that falls to your fingertips might be the solution here.
  • Waltz wedding veil (60 inches). This veil handily finishes at the mid-calf to allow for freedom of movement during the night. If you’d like a longer veil that you can wear while you enjoy your first dance, this is the way to go.
  • Chapel wedding veil. (90 inches). Tempted by a long train that flows down the aisle as you make your entrance, but don’t want it to be too dramatic? This veil extends just beyond the bottom of your gown without creating an exaggerated train.

Other tips to help you choose a wedding veil

Still not sure which way you are leaning? Think more deeply about your wedding dress. Is it going to be quite simple and elegant, or full of intricate designs? You should pick a veil that compliments your dress and does not detract from it. If you are wearing a dress full of detail, choose a low-key veil free of embellishments or floral notes.

Also, bear in mind that a longer veil might require a more supportive hairstyle. You may need a very supportive bridal bun or messy updo to keep it flowing as it should.

Contact us if you need help planning your special day.


This article was written by Josh Whitaker. Josh is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with fabric retailer Seattle Fabrics.

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