You can have a veil customized to any length, but many veils are described in reference to a where they fall on the body
(shoulder, elbow, or fingertip for example). Where the veil actually falls
will depend on your height and where you attach
To find out how long your veil should be, stand straight and have
someone measure you from where you will attach it to where you want the longest
tier to fall. This will give you an idea of the length of veil you are looking
Generally, the type of wedding and gown determine your choice of veil length,
edging, and embellishments.
- Veils range from the very short
which barely covers the face...
- to the cathedral length, which trails four to five feet behind the bride.
- You can wear most with or without a
- attached with a variety of
- decorated with your choice of
edgings or embellishments.
The shorter veils are typically between 18 and 50 inches long and fall
somewhere from shoulder to fingertip. Longer veils are often tiered with a
shorter layer so that the long layer can be removed after the ceremony.
These longer veils
can range in length from the
(falling down the back to below the knee and above the floor) to the
trailing up to five or six feet behind the bride. Long,
flowing veils are generally used in formal or semi-formal
weddings and worn over long cathedral- or
semi-cathedral-length gowns with trains.
Veil length terminology you may find while
shopping are listed below.
This veil is sometimes called a flyaway when there are multiple layers. It is
commonly 20 inches long, but can range from 18 to 30 inches, depending on where you
The shoulder veil works well when you want to show off the back of
a gown. It creates a less formal look, so it is usually worn at informal and daytime
This veil generally ranges from 25 to 36 inches long and should end
below a low backline but above the top of the skirt. The elbow length looks good
with gowns with no train or those with a full skirt.
These veils range in length from 36 to 50 inches and are versatile, as they can be
worn with tea length and longer gowns. Generally:
- The fingertip should end
between the middle knuckle and end of finger.
- Wrist length veils are a bit shorter.
These veils fall somewhere between the knee and ankle, with knee length
generally 45 inches. The waltz or ballet length is usually 54 to 60 inches long and should
fall between the calf and ankle.
This veil reaches the floor and may fall six inches or more past the train.
It is usually tiered and ranges from 60 to 90 inches long.
It is considered a formal
veil, appropriate for formal and semi-formal weddings.
This is a dramatically formal veil, trailing up to two feet or more behind
the bride. The length ranges from 96 to 132 inches or longer and looks stunning with
a cathedral train gown.