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Which Wedding Veil Length Should I Choose?

If you decide to wear a veil on your wedding day and not all brides do you may be surprised to find that your veil options are nearly as limitless as your accessory options! There are one-tier and two-tier wedding veils, veils in different colors, petite birdcage veils and cathedral length veils that gracefully trail on the floor, and veils embellished with everything from high-end crystals to delicate embroidery. Is it any wonder that brides-to-be immersed in planning their weddings get a little overwhelmed? Not to worry, here are some tips to help you decide which length to choose.

Birdcage Bridal Veils

Bird Cage Bridal Veils

This is just a little bit of veil, and it's sophisticated in the way only something vintage can be. Any bride who has her heart set on wearing a 50s reproduction gown should consider this retro style that just barely covers the face. Wide netting means that seeing is not a problem, and birdcage veils look adorable flipped back.

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Shoulder Length Wedding Veils

Shoulder Length Bridal Veils

What you see is what you get with a simple shoulder length bridal veil. These veils can hit just above or just below the shoulder and are surprisingly, well, cute. We like this length paired with fun and unfussy gowns (and brides!) because it's definitely a flirty alternative to the longer, more traditional veils.

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Elbow Length Wedding Veils

Elbow Length Bridal Veils

Elbow bridal veils are 30 in length. These veils are generally paired with gowns without a train and will enhance any detailing at or around the waist of the gown. You're wearing a beautiful bridal belt or oversize bow? This veil will show it off! Elbow length veils also pair well with gowns with full skirts. Ideal for a bride that is 5'4" and under.

Fingertip Length Wedding Veils

Fingertip Length Bridal Veils

Fingertip bridal veils are 36 in length. The fingertip can be worn with any full length gown but isn't usually worn with gowns with a train. Think of this as the next option up in formality, just past elbow length. Ideal for brides over 5'7.

Cathedral Length Wedding Veils

Cathedral Length Bridal Veils

Cathedral length veils can come in 120" or 144" in length. Cathedral veils are usually worn only for formal weddings, but rules were made to be broken. This type of veil looks best when worn with a cathedral or semi-cathedral length gown and is definitely a great choice for brides who want a dramatic wedding day look.