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What are the different wedding veil lengths?

After saying yes to the dress, many brides decide they would like to add a veil as the crowning glory to their wedding ensemble. But where to begin? With so many lengths and styles and types to choose from, starting to pick apart the infinite world of wedding veils can seem like a daunting task you just don’t have time for while planning one of the biggest days of your life.

If that is the case, fear not! We are on hand to help you make sense of all your options when it comes to wedding veils, starting with length!

A Guide To Wedding Veil Lengths

There are several different options to choose from when it comes to buying your wedding veil. Material, trims, embellishments, and length all have a big impact on the overall finish of your big day look. And we want to help you get it exactly right.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the different veil lengths available to help you decide.

Birdcage Veils

Birdcage veils are a stunning choice for brides opting for a retro-chic or vintage aesthetic. Often likened to fascinators, they feature a veil usually formed of net or lace which can range in length from covering just the eyes, skimming the tip of the nose, or covering the whole face and framing the jawline.

Shoulder Length Veils

Shoulder length veils fall just below the shoulders and are around 20” in length. These types of wedding veils are a great choice for brides who want to wear a veil for the whole of their big day, as their short length means they won’t get in the way while still lending a traditional finish to your look.

Shoulder length veils also look great with heavily embellished or beading gowns, due to their simplicity. Veils of this length are often made of stiffer tulle, too, so they fan out and provide structure.

Waist Length Veils

Waist length veils typically measure around 30” in length, although can be a little bit longer in two-tier variations with the addition of a blusher. As you might guess, these kinds of veils fall to the waist, just below the elbows.

We think waist length veils look simply stunning paired with full length gowns without a train. This is because the end of the veil falls where the skirt begins, accentuating your silhouette with elegant ease.

Fingertip Length Veils

Fingertip veils, as you might have guessed, extend just below your fingertips. Falling around 42” in length, they’re the perfect choice for brides who want to enjoy the striking aesthetics of a veil without the fuss of wearing a full length one, especially if they plan to wear it all day.

We are big fans of fingertip lengths veils because they are so flattering and complimentary no matter your style. Plain fingertip designs look fantastic with heavily embellished gowns, while designs featuring beading or lace can add easy glamour while remaining simple to wear.

Full Length Veils

Full length veils are typically around 78” long, which means they match the full length of most wedding gowns without a train. We love the look of full-length veils because of the way they frame and accentuate a bride’s silhouette bringing volume and structure depending on the type of veil material you choose.

We recommend pairing full length veils to dresses without a train to create a soft, romantic finish to your big day style.

Chapel Length Veil

Chapel length veils are arguably one of the most popular and traditional types of veils. Falling around 96” in length, these stunning wedding day accessories look fabulous worn with wedding dresses that have a train, whether embellished or otherwise, as they are designed to extend pas the train or hem of your gown.

If you’re looking for drama and romance on your wedding day, a chapel length veil is the perfect choice either in single tier or two tier variations.

Cathedral Length Veils

Cathedral length veils are the longest type of veils you’ll find, measuring around 114” in length. As you can probably guess from their name, cathedral length veils are designed for grand church ceremonies and formal wedding celebrations.

High on drama and show stopping elegance, cathedral length veils look their best worn with gowns with a train, as they extend far past the train and can be spread out on the altar and for your wedding photographs to stunning effect. This type of veil length was made for embellishments from lace motifs to glitter and beading!

Discover Beautiful Veils With Lace & Favour

Here at Lace & Favour, we stock a wide range of wedding veils in a variety of styles and lengths. From quirky birdcage veils to sweeping cathedral length veils, you’ll discover a treasure trove of gorgeous wedding veils with us from the biggest and best wedding brands in the world such as Rainbow Club, Linzi Jay, and Joyce Jackson.

Many of our gorgeous wedding veils are totally bespoke, which means you can choose the length, colour, material and embellishments to suit your style. Explore our range today and purchase online to get the veil of your dreams delivered directly to your door wherever you are in the world.

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