One layer shoulder length.Our shortest, sweetest length. A token nod to tradition without taking anything away from the dress, a single layer shoulder length veil will end just at the top of your dress and provide a touch of softness to your look.
Two layer shoulder length.The two layer version, if centre gathered as shown here, has more fabric accross the shoulders. The size and shape of this short, quirky veil makes a great pairing for tea length dresses.
One layer elbow length.Elbow length veils are another great option for brides looking for a short veil, but with a touch more flow than the very short shoulder length veils above. This length looks great with a vintage 50s 60s bridal look.
Two layer elbow length.The two layer version in this length has a 20 inch blusher. If you’re hoping to wear your veil over the face, you may wish to go for waist length which has a slightly longer top layer able to reach further over your hair and headpiece.
One layer waist length.We’re now reaching the more traditional lengths. Often, in dress shops, this waist length veil would be the shortest length available. It’s sometimes described as elbow length as well so just check the measurements. If it’s around 54 to 55 inches total combined length of both layers, it would be classed as waist length on our chart.
Two layer waist length.Depending on where you wear this length - i.e. right on top of the head or closer to the nape - it will sit around waist level on most brides. If your dress has a corset back or a detail that extends down lower than waist height, we would suggest not visually cutting that detail in half with a shorter length veil. Instead, the hip or fingertip length (or longer) would be more suitable.
One layer hip length.The hip and fingertip length veils create a very similar effect. In bridal shops, the lengths typically skip from waist (54 inches) to fingertip (72 inches), but we felt there was a need for an in-between option. Call it a “petite fingertip”, if you will. When we try on veils with brides in our boutique, we often find that for brides 5 foot 4 inches and below, a hip length veil worn at the back of the head, as is currently popular, can actually look more like a fingertip length veil.
Two layer hip length.The two layer hip length veil is the first length with a full length blusher at 30 inches. It’s a gorgeous, floaty length that you could happily dance the night away in. If you choose a veil that is centre gathered, like our picture, you’ll also have pretty side pieces that will sit around the arms and shoulders if desired. This length would be great with a corset back dress as it would finish just underneath it.
Two layer fingetip length.Another one of the most common veil lengths, two layer fingertip length - often described as a 72 inch in bridal shops - is a great option for many brides. It’s long enough to look flowing and elegant, but without the difficulty of manoeuvring around in a trailing veil - which is totally worth it in our opinion! Depending on your height and where in your hair you wear it, it can end anywhere from hip to knee length.
One layer fingertip length.One of our two best-selling lengths (the other, chapel), fingertip length is the last of our standard lengths before we get to the veils that reach the floor. It’s an ideal length for mermaid style gowns as the veil ends at fingertip level just before the skirt kicks out at the knee. This creates a very pleasing look, as it makes sense visually for it to end at that spot. It's a great combination of styles.
One layer floor length.Floor length veils, though perhaps not as popular as chapel or cathedral length, are a great option for those who’d like a full length veil and whose gown is without a train of its own. The length of 78 inches equates to 6 foot 6 inches, so you could use your own height, plus heels, to figure out how much of it would skim the floor. But in general, it creates just a small puddle train. Great for slim boho style gowns which are often without train.
Two layer floor length.The two layer version of the floor length veil gives you a much shorter second layer called a blusher. This is the layer that is worn over the face during the ceremony. Although a lot of brides are choosing not to wear their veil over the face, they might still choose a two layer veil because of the pretty cascading shape it creates at the arms and shoulders. Please note: this shape is only achieved on a centre gathered two layer veil, not on the fully gathered option which sits narrower like a single layer.
One layer chapel length.The most popular length by far, chapel length, and the single layer version in particular, is by far the most popular veil length of the moment. We have more designs in this length than any other for that very reason. In your bridal dress shop, you may have heard this length called a 126 inch veil. It’s slightly more popular than the ultra-long cathedral length below.
Two layer chapel length.Could there be anything more classically bridal than a full length veil worn over the face? The reason the longest lengths are named after chapels and cathedrals is because they suit the grandness of those locations perfectly. They also make amazing photography props giving your photographer so many fun and pretty pose options, like trailing them down a grand staircase!
One layer cathedral length.Look. Some dresses, and some brides, for that matter, just need a cathedral length veil, okay? If an ultra-long veil has always been your dream, we say go for it! A veil that extends past the ends of the dress, particularly if it has lacey detail at the bottom, is just about as classically bridal as you can be, and we’re here for it. If you have the veil made in the widest width (108 inches) as well, you can create the most beautiful spread that will look ah-ma-zing in pictures!
Two layer cathedral length.On a slightly more serious note, some trains do genuinely need a cathedral length veil. If you try to pair a chapel length veil with a cathedral length train, it’s going to end a good few inches shy of the end of the dress and look slightly strange. If you’re not sure if you need chapel or cathedral length, send us a picture of your dress, preferably taken from the side view, and we’ll try and calculate how many feet sit on the floor. We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to figure it out from a picture, but if not, we’ll let you know how to measure up next time you try the dress on.
Here are all of our standard lengths (We also make to custom lengths). All veils in this guide are shown in the 72 " standard width option with a pencil edge, and the two layer veils are centre gathered.
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