Wedding Veils 101

Veils are a beautiful and traditional addition to any bride’s wedding day attire. However, with so many styles and lengths available, it can get confusing. Here are some of the most common lengths and what dresses they are perfect with.


  1. Birdcage: This short veil is often a structured addition to a headpiece, and can cover all or part of the bride’s face. It is perfect with a retro or vintage style and shorter gowns.
  2. Shoulder: Ending just around the shoulder, this shorter length veil is a great choice if you want the nod to tradition without the fuss. This is perfect for a gown with a decorative bodice you want to show off.
  3. Elbow: A longer style, the elbow length ends further down your back, just around the level of your elbows. It is a great choice if you are wearing a strapless dress and want something that also serves as a cover-up.
  4. Fingertip: This veil length ends just below the hips, meaning it can give a sheer covering to a backless dress.
  5. Waltz: This is the shortest of the long veils. Reaching to the mid-calf, it is ideal for keeping on through the reception. It works perfectly with a detailed bodice and waist, and is a great formal style.
  6. Floor: This veil will just hit the floor, and in general will be the same length as your gown. It is a great choice if you want to add fullness to a simple silhouette.
  7. Chapel: Reaching just beyond the length of the gown, this is a very formal long veil style. It is great for formal styles that don’t have a train, as it can give the illusion of one.
  8. Cathedral: The longest veil style, this reaches far beyond the end of the dress, whether or not it has a train. It is perfect for a formal wedding where a dramatic entrance is part of the joy. It should be worn with an equally formal gown.

To find the perfect gown and veil combination, it can be worth trying on different combinations. We can help you choose the right look for your Utah wedding, so give us a call today!


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Bridal Veil: What You Need to Know About It

When you’re shopping for your wedding dress, it is really advisable that you bring along the accessories that you intend to wear on your big day. This is so you get to try them all together and see how they will look like with the dress that you are interested in. Before you do that, however, you have to determine what accessories you plan to use for your wedding. You will need to do this so that you don’t over-accessorize yourself.


One of the accessories that you can wear on your wedding day is a bridal veil. This is a good option because it is not so often that you can wear a veil in public. But because there are so many different types of veils to choose from, you need to know how to pick out the best option. Here are a few things you need to consider when getting a veil for your wedding:


The first and most important decision you need to make about your bridal veil is with regards to the length. Do you want the veil to trail over your dress or are you just interested in concealing a small portion of your face? Think about these things carefully.

Hairstyle and Accessories

Apart from the length of the veil, you should consider the hairstyle you want to wear on your wedding. Usually, if you will already be using a veil, you can skip wearing other accessories on your head. But it still won’t hurt to have a tiara or a jewel encrusted comb on your head with a veil covering it.


Another thing you have to consider when choosing your bridal veil is the material that it will come in. You have to remember that the material of your veil needs to match your dress. This is so that it will produce a harmonious look on your entire outfit.

Once you have found the right veil to wear for your wedding, you can bring it with you when you’re picking out a dress. You can also check out our Salt Lake City bridal shop for some wedding dress options.


Is a Veil Right For You?

The bridal veil is a long-standing tradition, but many brides wonder if it’s right for them. A bridal veil can be worn traditionally, or as a fabulous bridal accessory. If you’re considering a veil, here are a few tips for how to wear it.


  • Veil styles: There are a few types of veil available, but one of the most popular choices combines a tiara or hair comb to help attach it to your hairstyle. Some include a single piece of fabric, while others offer a piece that can be worn over your face and a longer part to use as a train.
  • To cover or not? If you have chosen to wear a veil traditionally, with it covering your face, you will need to think about when to have the veil lifted. The two most popular times are to have your father lift your veil as he gives you away, or to have the groom lift it at the end of the ceremony before the kiss.
  • Taking it off: While shorter or birdcage style veils can be comfortably worn throughout the ceremony and reception, there are some styles you might want to take off part-way through the night. Make sure you get tips from your hairdresser about removing the veil without messing up your hair, and choose a time to take it off. Good times for this are after the ceremony and after the first dance.

To find out more about veils and other bridal accessories, come by our Salt Lake City bridal shop today! We can help you find the perfect gown and all the accessories you need to complete your look.