Hello, loves! Chances are when you got engaged the first thing you did was shop for your wedding gown. (I know I did!) It’s interesting how wedding magazines feature gown after gown across the cover and inside its pages, yet wedding veils don’t get nearly the same attention. And, while wedding gowns have changed dramatically over decades, the wedding veil hasn’t changed much at all. The wedding veil is still one of the most classic, elegant accessories for the bride to be – and you have to admit, there’s plenty of veil styles from which to choose. So, if you’re wondering how cathedral, chapel, ballet, and blusher veils are different, you’re about to find out… read on to see nine wedding veil styles, lengths, and get inspired with hand-picked handmade wedding veil options. Enjoy!
Wedding Veil Styles
Wedding veils vary greatly in style according to length. This visual, spotted at Wedding Veils Direct, shows where each veil length falls.
Browse each of the wedding veil styles below, beginning with the blusher.
A blusher is made of lightweight tulle and is worn over the bride’s face while she walks down the aisle (or during the entire ceremony). The blusher is removed after the ceremony. A blusher can vary from 20″ to 50″ – sometimes even longer. This veil style becomes more formal when incorporated with a longer length veil. A blusher is typically more square in shape.
2. Shoulder Length Veil
The shoulder length veil is the shortest style and measures approximately 20″ in length.
3. Elbow Length Veil
An elbow length veil is a veil that hits below the shoulder or near the elbow, coming in at around 25″ in length. The shape of this veil is typically oval.
4. Waist Length Veil
A waist length veil falls at (you guessed it!) your waist. This veil is a perfect length for brides who want to show off a bridal sash or belt, as it features around a 25″ blusher and falls with a train of approximately 31″.
5. Fingertip Veil
A fingertip length veil falls at your hand and typically measures about 36″ to 40″ in length. This veil traditionally features a teardrop shape.
6. Ballet Length
A ballet length veil (also called a waltz veil) falls between your knees and calves and measures approximately 54″ in length.
7. Floor Length
A floor length veil drapes onto the floor; typically the length is around 90″.
8. Chapel Length Veil
A chapel length veil traditionally ends at the length of your selected wedding gown; its shape is long and narrow. This veil shown below is 88″ in length.
9. Cathedral Veil
A cathedral length veil is the longest veil of them all, measuring in at around 144″ or longer. Similarly to the chapel veil, its shape is long and narrow.
In the upcoming parts of this series on wedding veil styles, we’ll talk about wedding veil alternatives, how to pick the best wedding veil for your dress, wedding hairstyles to wear with veils, and more. Be sure to subscribe via email so you don’t miss it!