Veils: The Long and Short of It
What's that thing called that flips over the bride's head? What's that super long veil called? What do you call that short veil that brides pin in and wear over their face? These are all very real questions that I, and most bridal consultants for that matter, have definitely heard once or twice. And by the way, the answers are a blusher, a cathedral length veil and a birdcage veil. This business is one where most of your customers tend to be first time customers. They begin this whole dress buying process with very limited knowledge and that's okay - it's why we, the consultants, are here! We're here to help you and answer all of your questions… and we get a lot of questions about veils. Now as a bride you don't need to know all about veils before you purchase one, but for those that want to be informed, here's a little veil 101 for you.
Birdcage veils are short veils that are typically made out of netting. They only cover a portion of a bride's face and fall above the chin.
A blusher covers a bride's entire face and ends around the shoulders. This veil is commonly paired with a longer veil and worn during more conservative ceremonies. At the beginning of a ceremony, the person that walks the bride down the aisle (often the father of the bride) pulls back the blusher to reveal the bride's face. Or at the end of a ceremony, the groom pulls back the blusher right before kissing the bride.
Fly-Away Veil or Shoulder Length Veil:
A fly-away veil falls at or below the shoulders. Compared to birdcage veils, fly-away veils make a bigger statement and offer more volume.
Elbow Length Veil:
An elbow-length veil falls right around a bride's elbows or waistline.
A fingertip veil falls at or right below a bride's fingertips. This is a timeless and elegant veil length.
Ballet, Waltz or Ballerina Veil:
The ballet veil falls below the fingertips and above the ground. It's typically knee or ankle length. This style is perfect for brides that love the look of a long veil, but don't want to commit to a veil that actually touches the ground. With the ballet style, you don't have to worry about someone stepping on or tripping over your veil.
Chapel veils fall at the ground or a couple of inches beyond a bridal gown. Veils at or beyond chapel-length are often removed after the wedding ceremony (and before the reception) so that a bride can walk and dance with ease.
A cathedral veil is the longest veil style—this veil trails behind a bride, well beyond her dress. If you're looking to create a dramatic effect, then a cathedral veil is the way to go.
Juliet Cap Veil:
Juliet cap veils come in a variety of lengths and have a vintage look that's tied specifically to the 1920s and 30s.