When the bride dons her veil and places it perfectly over her face, it is that unforgettable moment wherein she realizes that she’s getting married. Finally. The bridal veil completes the whole package, tying in together the bride’s face, body shape and the gown’s style. Now how would you know which veil suits your gown if you have no clue about veils in general? Here’s the 101 on the different cuts and styles of bridal veils.
Blusher. This is the iconic one, it is the veil covering the bride’s face while walking down the aisle. The groom gets to lift it before the couple’s first kiss as husband and wife. In other instances, it can be pulled over right before the bride’s father hands her over to the groom.
Flyaway. Also referred to as the Shoulder Length Veil, this type is the shortest cut ranging from 20 inches or shorter. Most flyaway veils come with a multi-layered design for a more dramatic appeal while it brushes the bride’s shoulders during the walk. Because of its length, it is considered the less formal type among other veils.
Elbow. Based on the name, its length is somewhere near the bride’s elbows ranging from 25 to 28 inches. The style is ideal for simple wedding dresses or for a minimalistic look for the bride.
Fingertip. Popular in today’s wedding scene, its length extends to 36 inches or until the bride’s fingertips. Usually, it is paired with elaborate ball gowns for a simple yet dramatic effect for the ensemble.
Ballet or Waltz. The end of the veil at 56 inches is estimated to be in between your knees and your ankles. Modern brides love this cut since it is long enough to give that straight, flowing look but short enough to be worn during the reception and even the after party. Your bridesmaids won’t have a hard time following you around but you still get that beautiful look while enjoying dinner.
Chapel. The length actually depends on the bride and the shoes, the idea is to get the veil to extend until it reaches the floor. It is also wide enough to cover the sides of the bride for that oh-so-dreamy march down to the altar. An extra sweep train may be added to complement the veil and a blusher is also used to give it an extra boost.
Cathedral or Royal. The queen of all veils is 120 inches or longer, making it the longest among the group. Church weddings usually set an ideal venue for these dramatic veils – no forceful winds, long straight aisle and clean, carpeted walkway. Be prepared though, you might want to remove the veil before the reception and you might also need assistance during the photo session at the church.
These were just some of the different cuts and types of bridal veils. The measurements used may not be exact since each veil’s cut is based on the measurements of the bride. The names may also vary per supplier or depending on the designer.