What are the different traditional short wedding veil lengths?
When we talk of short wedding veils we’re referring specifically to any veil that doesn’t reach all the way down to the floor. Some popular, traditional short veil lengths include Shoulder length (20”), Elbow length (25”), Waist length (30”), Hip length (36”), and Fingertip length (42”). Now you may notice these lengths have conveniently been named according to approximately where on the body they fall. But this is an approximation and will vary depending on the bride’s own height. For example, an especially petite bride could achieve the look of a fingertip length veil by selecting a hip length veil. If in doubt, read below on how to measure yourself for a short veil.
What Are The Most Popular Short Veil Styles?
We definitely notice brides tend to favour a couple of our shorter veil length over others. When we notice these kinds of bridal veil trends, we always try to cater more to that length by increasing the number offered in that category. Fingertip has always been incredibly popular. Hip length isn’t too far behind for us, but as we mentioned above, this can often be used as a kind of “petite fingertip” option for some brides. After that, it would be Waist length. When you read our tips below on how to choose a short veil length, these being the most popular will definitely make sense.
The Benefits Of Having Shorter Veil
There’s no doubt that we love a long veil here at The Wedding Veil Shop. As veil makers, it’s just a much larger canvas for us to work with and we like that. But, we’d be lying if we didn’t tell you that short veils are much easier to wear. Think about it, they don’t touch the ground so they’ll never get caught, snagged or stepped on. They don’t require much, if any, fluffing or arranging. They tend to just hang beautifully all by themselves. A set-it-and-forget-it option, if you will. Another benefit to having a shorter style is the price. Expect a waist length veil to be almost half the price of a chapel one, for example.
Tips For Choosing A Short Veil
Think about your dress’ waistline. Does your dress have a natural waistline like an A-line or ballgown? If so, you could go for waist or elbow length, depending on your height. (Tips on measuring which one would be best below). Or perhaps it has a dropped waist like a fit and flare or mermaid style. Then you could opt for hip or fingertip length that will end at that same natural point.
Think about your dress’ back detail. Does it have a corset or a lovely row of buttons that extends below the waist? Or maybe a lovely low-scooping back. You might not want to visually cut this gorgeous detailing in half with your veil. Choose a length that ends below it instead.
Think about the blusher length.If you plan to buy a two-tier veil so that the busher can be worn over the face, you might want to go for one of the longer options, hip or fingertip, that have a full-length blusher of 30”. This is the same length as on a cathedral veil and is plenty long enough to be worn over the face, even from above a low bun.
Bear in mind, these are tips, not rules. I don't think there really can be any rules when it comes to style or fashion. Whatever you like most is always going to be the best choice.
How To Measure Yourself For A Short Veil
You will need to have decided on how you plan to have your hair for this bit. On shorter veils, especially, it can mean a huge difference in where the veil will end depending on if you wear it at the front, the crown, or towards the nape.
So let’s say you plan to wear your hair half-up-half-down. Your veil will likely then be pinned by your hairdresser at this halfway point in the centre-back of your head. Take a tailor’s loose, flexible tape measure and hold it there and let it drop. This will tell you where on your body each of our set lengths will fall. As we mentioned above, to get the veil to fall at your waist or fingertips, you may actually need to order elbow or hip length instead of you're a petite bride. Just go for whichever length is closest and don't worry too much about the actual names.