Unveiled: Behind the Modern Bride's Veil Options

It's no secret - the ladies at both our Huntsville bridal shop and Nashville bridal shop love veils. While most brides have a defined idea of the type of gowns they like, the majority of brides have no idea on where to start when it comes to the veil they will wear as they say I do! 

Veils can be confusing - they come in all different lengths and fabric options. So, we thought we would unveil the veil options modern brides have when selecting the perfect veil for their wedding look. 

{the length}

Most brides will be surprised to learn that there are seven (yes, 7!) standard lengths available for veils. The standard lengths include the birdcage veil, the shoulder length veil, the waist/elbow length veil, the fingertip length veil, the waltz/ballet length veil, the chapel length veil, and the cathedral length veil. 

Birdcage: Birdcage veils are the shortest veil option and normally cover the bride's eyes or entire face. This veil length is very popular among brides who are looking for a vintage flair to add to their wedding look! 

Shoulder Length: Shoulder length veils, which measure around twenty inches, were made popular in the 1960s. These veils are perfect for a casual wedding or to pair with a tea length dress. 

Waist or Elbow Length: Waist length veils (also called elbow length veils) typically measure between twenty five inches in length and work well for brides who are looking for a veil that is subtle. 

Fingertip Length: Fingertip veils measure between thirty five to forty five inches in length and are very popular among our precious Southern brides. The fingertip length is a versatile choice and works well with most gowns since the length falls around the bride's fingertips when her arm is hanging naturally. 

Waltz or Ballet Length: Waltz length veils, also known as ballet length veils, measure around seventy two inches in length and are perfect for the bride who wants a statement veil with a manageable length. Normally made with two tiers, this veil falls between a bride's calf and ankle and is perfect for the bride who likes a long veil, but doesn't have a gown with a long train. 

Chapel Length: Chapel length veils, which measure from ninety to one hundred and eight inches in length, are perfect for brides who want a formal look. The chapel length veil flows all the way to the floor and will usually match the length of the bride's train or be slightly longer. 

Cathedral Length: Cathedral length veils, which measure from one hundred and twenty inches to one hundred and forty four inches in length, are perfect for the bride who wants to make a grand entrance. These veils, which are oftentimes worn by royalty, are perfect for a night wedding with a formal feel. 

{the fabric options}

Veils oftentimes can vary dramatically in price and brides oftentimes wonder how the prices can be so varied. The easy answer is the fabric the veil is made of and the embellishments on it.

Synthetic Tulle: The most budget friendly of veil fabrics, this veil fabric option comes in a variety of weights and qualities. 

Silk Tulle: The ultimate in luxurious veil options, the silk tulle veil is often chosen by royalty and comes in two types - (1) soft silk, and (2) crisp silk. Soft silk veils are extremely fluid and drape amazingly as they are made from tulle that doesn't create body on its own - which allows the veil to move organically with the bride throughout her day. Crisp silk is the lightest of all tulle and is extremely transparent. 

Silk Tulle Mix: The most common veil option in our store, silk tulle mix fabric provides a combination of the transparency of the silk with the robustness of the synthetic. 

Hopefully this blog post has been helpful in answering some of our bride's most common questions concerning veils and completing their wedding day look. Make sure to ask your consultant during your appointment to show you a variety of veil lengths and fabric types to allow you to see and feel the difference between veils in person!