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Different Types of Veils

Purchasing a veil is quite important, as the veil should accompany your dress and not overpower it.  The following are some of the more popular types of veils that may be discussed with you.  Remember when the time comes to purchase your veil, that you take into account your dress type and headpiece.  So you are happy with the end result.   

Blusher Veil

This is the short veil worn over the bride’s face. The blusher veil tends to measure between 24 to 26 inches from the top of the headpiece to the hem of the veil.

Traditionally the groom would lift the blusher veil to kiss the bride at the end of the ceremony. However, nowadays fathers choose to lift the blusher veil to kiss their daughters as she reaches the alter.

 Elbow-Length Veil

 This veil extends down to the elbow. It can be single or multi-layered. 

 Fingertip Veil

The fingertip veil is the most commonly worn style, because it is the most flattering to any bride and gown. The veil extends to the bride’s fingertips and can be worn through the ceremony and reception with ease.

Ballet Length Veil

The ballet length veil extends down, but never touches the ground. It is flattering for women wearing a gown without a train.

Chapel Length Veil

The chapel length veil is best worn with a gown that has a chapel length train. This veil extends 6 to 12 inches beyond the train of the gown. 

Semi-Cathedral Veil

Best worn with veils that have a cathedral length train, this veil extends about 6 to 12 inches beyond the end of the train of the gown.

Cathedral Veil

It extends 6 to 12 inches beyond the end of the train of the cathedral type gown.

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  1. October 1, 2007

    good information on veils.

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