Should you Wear a Wedding Veil?

by | Sep 26, 2023 | Bridal, Real weddings

Are you considering wearing a veil when you walk down the aisle? According to Kathryn Trocki, Owner of Kathryn’s Bridal, “We promise that you will never regret wearing one. A veil can make you look even more stunning by adding magical sheerness and softness.  The photo opportunities with a veil are endless! Some of the most romantic and sexy pictures we have ever seen involve a simple veil!” 

If you do decide to wear a veil, we suggest seeing if you can borrow a veil from a happily married family member or friend (so it can double as your something borrowed)! If borrowing is not an option, then plan to budget approximately $300 for a shorter veil. Longer lengths, multi layer and lace or beaded edging will increase the cost. In our experience, the most important detail of a veil is choosing the most appropriate length to flatter your dress and frame your smiling face.

General types and lengths of wedding veils:

Birdcage Veil: 4-9″

This is a small and flirty veil that may just cover the eye(s), nose and/or entire face. Often seen in a vintage net type fabric.

Shoulder-Length Veil: 20-22″

A traditional type of veil that falls to your shoulders. It is most preferred by brides looking for a simple veil that does not compete with the gown.

Blusher Veil: 30″  

This veil has a very traditional look. It is worn over the face and ends near the top of the dress. Brides typically walk down the aisle with their face covered, then at the altar, it’s pulled back to reveal their face for the first time to the groom. 

Elbow Veil: 32″

Elegant and conservative brides are drawn to the elbow-length veil. This veil gives the appearance of shoulder coverage and is favored for ceremonies in a formal house of worship.   

Fingertip Veil: 38-40″

A fingertip veil ends just beyond the bride’s fingertips. It falls over the bride’s hips, yet is soft and flowing.  It’s a popular choice because it allows freedom of movement and is very romantic. 

Ballet Waltz Veil: 48-60″

This longer veil graces over the knees to the calf area. It is dramatic and formal while allowing movement that doesn’t drag on the floor. Brides who plan to wear their veil while dancing find this an appealing length.

Floor-Length Veil: 72″

As the name implies, this veil just touches the floor. It is intended to be the same length as the bride’s gown. The flowing fabric adds extra softness and volume to the gown.

Chapel Veil: 90″  

For bride’s wearing a dress without a train, a chapel veil gives the  illusion of a train, by extending past the length of the bride’s gown. It’s often preferred by the bride who doesn’t want to be bothered with bustling a train. The veil can simply be removed to reveal a floor length gown after the ceremony.

Cathedral Veil: 108-120″

Cathedral-length veils are the most royal and memorable. This veil extends well beyond the train of the bride’s gown and offers true dramatic appeal. It’s often associated with a fairy-tale wedding.

Before you select a veil, decide upon your hairstyle.  The placement of a veil will vary based on how you plan to wear your hair.  Placement of the veil will also impact where it falls.  Will you wear the veil on top of your head at the crown? Or under your updo? A seamstress can often alter the length of your veil a few inches when needed.  

There are also many different fabrics for veils including English net, plain netting, lace, tulle, silk tulle and organza. From the dramatic cathedral length to short and sweet, you can go totally traditional or add a whimsical flair to your bridal style by adding lace and/or sparkles. Now with the popularity of black, red and multi-colored gowns, veils are available to match!

Details of a veil can add up and increase the cost. So, if you are budget savvy, be open minded and never doubt the magical impact of a plain, single tier, tulle veil.