Veil Lengths Explained

Many of today’s brides are not aware that a veil comes in many different lengths.  In fact each length has a name and a standard size.  This is what I call uncommon knowledge.  Veil names and lengths are just a few of the things you will learn during your wedding planning journey that you will forget shortly thereafter.  Until then, we break down all 9 Veil lengths for you:


Birdcage Veil

The birdcage veil is a short veil made of netting that falls just below the eyes or chin. For a contemporary look, go for an asymmetrical cut.

Shoulder Veil

The shoulder length veil is approximately 18 to 22 inches in length, making it perfect for brides who don’t want to cover up their beautiful dress.

Blusher Veil

The blusher veil starts at 20 inches in length and can be as long as 60 inches.  It differs from other long veils in that it is worn in front of the face and lifted by the groom during the wedding ceremony.

Elbow Veil

An elbow length veil extends to about 25 inches in length and can become multi-layered when paired with a blusher veil.   Elbow length veils complement A-line or princess style wedding dresses because they end where the fullness of the skirt begins.

Fingertip Veil

The fingertip length veil is approximately 36 to 45 inches long and extends to the bride’s fingertips.

Waltz Veil

The waltz veil, also called the tea veil or ballet veil, is 45 to 60 inches long and falls somewhere between the knee and the ankle.  This length flatters fitted gowns without a train.

Chapel Veil

Chapel length veil brushes the floor at 70 and 90 inches and typically extends 6 to 12 inches beyond the train of the gown.

Cathedral Veil

The Cathedral length veil  measures between 108 to 120 inches and flows beyond the length of the train.

Regal Cathedral Veil

The Regal Cathedral length veil extends 130 inches or more and should be reserved for formal wedding ceremonies.


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