An illustrated primer on the most common veil lengths.

While some brides are forgoing a veil altogether, others are proving that the traditional headpiece is anything but dated. The length you choose will depend on a variety of factors, including the style of your dress and formality of your event. 

Our guide will help you find the style you want.

 SHORT

BirdCage

Typically comes in a fine mesh or netting fabric and looks great with shorter gowns and ones with a vintage aesthetic.

Flyaway

Hits just below the shoulder and also works well with short and vintage gowns, but offers more volume and drama.

 MEDIUM

Fingertip

A timeless choice that falls to the fingers; Kate Middleton wore one at her 2011 wedding to Prince William.

Ballet (or Waltz)

Great for those who want a long veil but don't want to worry about it being stepped on; lands between the knee and ankle.

LONG

Chapel

Extends to the ground or a few inches longer; wears best with an elegant gown that has a similar train length.

Cathedral

A dramatic look that trails several inches (or feet!) behind the bride—wear it with a long train or risk looking silly.

Illustrations by Alyse Kordenbrock