What are the different traditional long wedding veil lengths?
Long wedding veils are the ones that extend all the way to the floor and beyond. You may have heard of the most popular lengths. These are chapel length (96”) and cathedral length (114”). There is also a slightly shorter floor length option which is 78” (or 6 foot 6 inches). Depending on your height this one will give most brides just a small puddle train effect. Finally, we have waltz length. On most brides, this size wouldn’t quite reach the floor at 60” (5ft) so is great for dancing the night away in!
What Is The Longest Veil Length?
For years, cathedral length was the longest standard wedding veil length. Recently, however, brides have been requesting longer and longer veils. These ultra-long veils are often called royal or regal length. There isn’t a clear consensus on whether regal length is a specific measurement, but we’ve always classed it as “anything longer than cathedral length” here.
If dealing with someone who can make your veil from scratch (like us!) you could always request an even longer veil to be made to your exact requirements. Our current record is 5 metres long!
Famously Long Wedding Veils
Speaking of Royals, they certainly do like their long veils, don’t they? From Princess Diana’s epic 153-yard one to Meghan Markle’s gorgeous 5-metre long embroidered one more recently. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber and Priyanka Chopra have also favoured really long veils of late.
What’s The Most Popular Long Veil Length?
The most popular long veil length is definitely chapel length. For this reason, we have increased the number of chapel veils we offer to make it easier for our brides to order a veil straight off the website. If you can't find what you're looking for in our set style collections, however, don't panic. You can build your own veil using our Custom Veil Designer. This is a section of our website where you can build a long well with crystals, pearls, diamantes or perhaps a simple and plain one. You can’t design a lace one but do check out this article on ordering a bespoke lace veil.
Why You Should Consider A Long Veil For Your Wedding
We just love how beautifully sheer and flowing long veils are. And we’re not the only ones. Photographers love them too! They make such a great prop. Your photographer can do things with a long veil that they just can't do with a short one. Check out some of our own real bride images below featuring long veils.
Real bride Layla in her bespoke lace veil in Santorini!
Tips For Wearing a Long Veil
Get one with a metal comb that can be gripped into your hair. That way even if your veil gets caught (hopefully not!) it won’t come out of your hair.
Prepare your bridesmaids for their duties. A long veil needs posing and arranging for those epic pictures. Make sure you ask them to help you spread it out nicely for the full-length shots.
Pick it up when walking. Okay, so we don’t expect you to do this when you walk down the aisle, obviously. But if you’re walking through grounds or gardens with rougher terrain after the ceremony, consider lifting the veil up and draping it over your arm. Much like you would a stole or wrap.
Consider the weight. If you plan to have an extra-long veil, longer than cathedral length as we mentioned above, you might want to keep embellishments to a minimum. Lace is the heaviest edging option. Although some laces definitely weigh more than others. Thick corded laces with glass beads, for example, would weigh more than a delicate French eyelash lace. You might find an even lighter weight edging option - cut, pencil, ribbon etc, more wearable if you plan to keep the veil in for most of the day.
When A Long Veil Might Not Be For You
If you are looking for a veil you can wear all day and all night and forget it’s even there, a long one may not be the right choice for you. They are definitely more difficult to move around in and generally require more assistance from your bride tribe. If you only plan to wear one for the ceremony and official pics, however, then go right ahead!