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Tip: When trying to decide on the right veil for you, one of your biggest considerations should be how long you're planning on wearing your veil. If you want it for the ceremony only, go ahead and get one that goes on for miles. But if you plan on wearing a veil for every last minute on your big day, you'll need to pick one that's a bit more functional -- or compromise with a double tier veil where the longer tier is removable.

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Accessories: Wedding Veil Glossary

Need help finding the final touch -- your veil? We've got everything you need...

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You've finally found a gown -- now you can breathe a huge sigh of relief, kick back and relax until your wedding day. Not so fast - you've still got to find the final touch that will complete your transformation from basic to bride. Hint it's all in choosing the right veil. Think the waltz is just a dance step? The chapel only a place to say your vows? Could it really be that easy? Check our glossary to find out.


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.

Waltz (also known as Ballet)

A veil length that falls somewhere between the knee and the ankle.

-- Hollee Actman Becker

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