Veils Glossary

Ballet (or Waltz)

A veil length that falls somewhere between the knee and ankle. Best for: ankle-length wedding dresses worn at semi-formal affairs.

Blusher

A short, single layer worn over the face, then lifted back over the head during the ceremony. Best for: veils and wedding dresses of any style, at semi-formal and formal weddings.

Cathedral

Trails one to three yards behind the wedding dress. Best for: very formal full-skirted wedding dresses, with cathedral train and blusher, at very formal affairs.

Chapel

Extends to the floor, falling two-and-a-half yards from the headpiece; may have multiple layers or a blusher veil. Best for: formal full-skirted wedding dresses, with chapel or sweep train, at formal weddings.

Double tier

A veil of two layers, usually of different lengths (either two veils or a veil and blusher). Best for: oblong-faced brides; full veil frames the face, creating width.

Elbow

Extends to the bride’s elbow. May also be paired with longer layers. Best for: short or slimming wedding dresses at informal, daytime affairs.

Fingertip

Reaches fingertips when arms are relaxed; the most versatile style. Best for: wedding dresses of any silhouette (though especially popular with ball gowns) at semi-formal or formal affairs.

Flyaway

A multi-layered veil that just brushes the shoulders and gives a clear view of the back of the wedding dress. Best for: ankle-length gowns worn at less formal affairs.

Fountain

A shoulder- or elbow-length veil gathered at the crown of the head and cascading around the face to form a "fountain" shape. Best for: sheaths worn at semi-formal weddings.

Mantilla

A Spanish-inspired style: a piece of lace or lace-edged tulle, secured with a comb and framing the face; may be any length between elbow and ballet. Best for: brides wanting an alternative to more traditional styles, at formal and semi-formal weddings.

Ribbon-edge

A veil with a line of ribbon stitched around its edge. Best for: a classic wedding dress on a tall or slender bride. 

Rolled-edge

Resembles the ribbon-edged style, but only thread and the veiling itself are used to enhance the edge. Best for: either a simple or ornate wedding dress. 

Sweep

A veil that sweeps the ground. Best for: full-skirted wedding dresses at formal and very formal weddings.

Triple Tier

A veil of three layers, usually of varying lengths, one of which may be the blusher. Best for: formal, floor-length wedding dresses.

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