“This is the one time in your life you’ll have the opportunity to wear a veil!“… If you’ve been wedding dress shopping, you’ve likely heard your stylist (or your loving mom!) utter this phrase. And, it’s true! But, where did the idea of wearing a veil come from? What are the most common veil lengths? Is a blusher a thing anymore? Let’s talk details…
Annie Veil | Sara Gabriel
Historically speaking, veils were worn by brides to protect them from evil spirits as they made their way toward their betrothed. In religious ceremonies, veils have also been worn as a symbol of a bride’s purity, modesty, and obedience. Fast forward a few centuries and veils are still a statement-making accessory donned by brides the world over. Whether your veil is worn as a traditional symbol of reverence or a dramatic fashion statement, in our book, it’s a must-have!
There are typically 6 different veil lengths you’ll find at a bridal boutique. Here, we detail the favorites from shortest to longest:
These veils are short and sweet, often simple in decoration and varying in length from 20″ to 30″. They work well to balance dresses that have eye-catching details/patterns or plunging necklines.
An elbow-length veil is, well, elbow-length. Often, these veils have a cascading style that flatters the face and décolletage while providing a modest “coverage” of the shoulder. They work well with a variety of dress styles and can be adorned with appliqués, crystals, bows, or lace edging for added dimension.
Like elbow-length veils, fingertip veils are very versatile and come in a variety of styles. Fingertip length veils play very well with fitted wedding dress styles, such as fit and flare or mermaid. Because they end right around a bride’s hip in the back, they are an excellent choice for showing off a dress’ intricate back detail. If you plan to wear your veil all night, you can rest assured this length will not interfere with your sweet dance moves!
The waltz length veil gives the bride all the dazzle and none of the drag. Hitting between 60″ – 70″ (below the knee, but not to the floor), this style is wearable all night and is a wonderful option for dresses that have elaborate train detail worthy of full display.
The chapel length veil is fantastic for brides who want to have that bridal moment in a train-less sheath style dress. This length (which can vary from 72″ – 90″) is also a great option for brides who want to add detail to an otherwise simple dress train… think lace-edged veil atop a silk dress or a crystal dusted veil layered over a plain tulle skirt. Sweep length veils are also ideal for brides who will be walking down a shorter aisle that doesn’t have “room” for a cathedral length veil.
Bring on the drama! This mother of all veils is unmistakably big and bold. There will be no guessing who the bride is in this style. And, while cathedral veils are beautiful on their own, they look especially regal when paired with crowns, tiaras, and combs (which come in handy when, inevitably, you remove your larger-than-life veil for the reception). Cathedral length veils typically start at 108″. Fun fact: Princess Diana’s veil of the century required a whopping 150 yards of netting!! Talk about a princess bride!
Bonus: Birdcages & Blushers
For a really retro look, consider rocking a birdcage! These little beauties make a big statement and can be dressed up with crystals (or feathers!) or left unembellished. They are the perfect complement to statement earrings!
Ahhh, the blusher – the essence of bridal allure and romance. If you’ve even thought about wearing a blusher with your veil, we say go for it! It makes for a truly special moment when you unveil your face that last time before saying “I do!”.
**Don’t miss the opportunity to work one-on-one with our incredible veil designers at White Dress Bridal Boutique!**
Renee Pawele | Milwaukee 2/23 – 25, Lake Forest 3/2 – 4
Sara Gabriel | Milwaukee 5/19 – 20