Cathedral Veils, Lace, Beaded or Plain

What is a cathedral veil?

When thinking about wedding veils, a few iconic looks may spring to mind. For us, it goes straight to the classic cathedral veil. A cathedral veil is possibly the most striking kind of veil. Truly a piece created for maximum impact! The cathedral veil is defined by its length, of course; the longest traditional length of veil, they’re most commonly 114″ at a minimum. Often considered to be one of the more extravagant veils, plain or ornate, they’re always beautiful and create the best photography prop money can buy! Unless your dress has an extremely oversized train, a cathedral veil is usually long enough to extend past the train on most dresses.

Can you wear a cathedral veil with any dress?

We find that whilst the cathedral veil is truly an impact piece, it’s also very versatile. A cathedral veil works well with pretty much any dress, but is particularly well suited to dresses with long/wide trains. That’s not to say brides with shorter trains couldn’t rock a cathedral veil as well if that’s always been their dream, it just means there will be a bigger distance between the end of the train and the end of the veil. But hey, it worked for Meghan Markle!

As wearing such a long veil creates a rather grand look, you may want to match it with a traditional bridal headband or tiara.

The history of the cathedral veil

Cathedral veils have now been around for some time but they became particularly popular in the 1980s after Princess Diana wowed us all with her incredible 24-foot long one designed by David Emanuel. As with our chapel length veils, cathedral veils are named after buildings. The grander the venue, the longer the veil. At least that was the idea back in the day. Nowadays, you can happily wear a cathedral veil to a beach wedding and look absolutely fabulous while doing it!

Our cathedral veils are 114 inches from top to bottom on a single layer veil, and 144 inches combined length on a two-layer veil. Check out our Veil Length Guide for more on this. Choose from a beaded veil with crystals, pearls or diamantes, a lace edge veil, or a perfectly plain veil.

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