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Wedding Veils

Wedding Veils

Veils are totally in if you are having a traditional white wedding.  They come in all sorts of shades and lengths.  If you are on the fence and having a semi-traditional and semi-modern wedding, a veil can be a beautiful accent or a noisy distraction.  Before you set out trying on the perfect veil to complement your treasured gown, I encourage you to read a little bit about the history of the wedding veil.  You might just be surprised.

Click here to read a little bit about the history of wedding veils.

Now, you are ready to hit the boutiques to find that elegant veil.  Here is a list of terms from to help you narrow down what you are looking for:

A short, single layer of veiling, the blusher is worn over the face before the ceremony, then either flipped over the head or removed thereafter.

A formal veil that extends to the floor, the chapel falls two-and-a-half yards from the headpiece. It’s often worn in combination with a sweep train and blusher for extra oomph.

The mother of all veils, the cathedral is also the most formal. Sometimes referred to as the "royal veil," this style falls three-and-a-half yards from the headpiece.

Double Tier
A veil of two layers (either two veils or a veil and a blusher), usually of different lengths.


As the name implies, this type of veiling extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows.

Finger Tip

A very popular length, particularly with ball gowns, this style extends to — you guessed it — the fingertips.


A multi-layered veil that just brushes the shoulders. Considered less formal than other styles.


This veil is gathered at the crown of the head to create a cascading effect around the face. Usually of shoulder- or elbow-length.


A long, Spanish-style circular piece of lace that frames the face. Made either of lace or lace-edged tulle, the mantilla is usually secured with a comb.

A gathered piece of tulle or netting that fastens to a comb or headpiece to create height for the veil.

(also known as Ballet)
A veil length that falls somewhere between the knee and the ankle.

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