Wedding Veils Explained

Like with many things in life, until you go looking at or for the information you never really realize or appreciate what’s involved. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Wedding Veils.

To the untrained and uneducated, Wedding Veils can appear as simple lengths of lace or net, cut to enhance a Bride’s wedding dress. Some, [might] be forgiven for thinking that there is little else to them. I on the other hand no better, or at least I should.
I felt little for my own bridesmaid as she chased my 5 yard Cathedral Veil, [yes you did read that right], of a lace veil around on my wedding day, but perhaps now that I can educate her a little better she might forgive me for such a choice.
Wedding Veil Terminology
Fly Away or Shoulder Veil is the shortest length veil available to a Bride. The name is given to an veil 20″ long or shorter.
Blusher is the veil that covers the face of the bride as she walks down the aisle and can remain down until the union is sealed with a kiss or taken up as the bride reaches the alter. A blusher veil is generally about 20″ long but can be anything up to 60″ long or more!
Elbow length veil does exactly what it says on the tin and is commonly about 28″ long.
Fingertip veil, as I am sure you have already guessed goes to your fingertips and is typically 36″ long.
Ballet or Waltz Veil falls somewhere between your knees and calves and is generally about 56″ long.

Chapel length Veils are typically 108″ long and fall to the ground.
Cathedral Veils are the longest veil and extend well past the end of your dress train. They make for a dramatic walk down the aisle!

Common widths for veils are 54″ wide, 72″ wide, 108″ wide.
Now they we have all the terminology covered lets see what this would look like on a bride. Here are two useful diagrams to help you decide which Wedding Veil will suit you and your Wedding Dress best.

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