Want to know if a cathedral length veil is a good option (or even an option) for your wedding? Check out our list and weigh the pros and cons of this particular style, find out why so many brides are choosing it, and decide if it is right for you.
Weddings are made for extravagance. Did you know that some bridal shops even specialize in gowns and accessories for prom, too? However, your wedding is much more important than a high school dance—you’re tying the knot with the love of your life!
This is the perfect opportunity to splurge on sparkly shoes and swanky earrings—not to mention a gown that speaks to your heart. An extravagant cathedral veil is the ultimate wedding-day statement and adds glorious beauty to your entire look.
Need we say more?
Back in the day, a wedding veil symbolized purity and protection. This stylish fashion has been worn by brides since Roman times and has been customized in every era. From long lace masterpieces to short little blushers, the veil is a crucial part of the bride’s ensemble. A cathedral veil has a time-honored history and gets its name from—you guessed it—the length that brides wear for religious weddings in cathedrals.
Modern brides are wearing this look indoors and outside. A plethora of lengths and styles are available to honor tradition while giving your ensemble a modern twist. From vintage to chic, you can find a cathedral style that appeals to you.
Cathedral veils have recently stolen the spotlight as featured in celebrity weddings. High-profile brides have popularized this gorgeous length with extravagant, romantic, and elegant ensembles that accentuated each woman’s beauty with a unique—and very long—veil.
You can take this fashion and make it your own by selecting a cathedral veil that complements your gown and expresses your personality. If you fall in love with a particular design, find it online or in a store! Many designers have re-created celebrity veil styles due to their over-the-top allure.
Customize Your Look
As with other veils, a cathedral should flatter your ensemble. If you’re in love with lace, a plethora of lace-lined designs will make your heart go pitter-patter. Want something simple? An ethereal, cut edge style yields fantastic photographs. To add a touch of sparkle, a beaded or embroidered cathedral dramatically enhances your whole look. Multiple tiers or a cascading veil will accent your silhouette with shapely waves and lines.
While many other brides may choose the same gown, it is unlikely anyone else will pick exactly the same veil to go with it. Style a look that is uniquely your own!
Enhance Your Gown
If you’re wearing a short dress for your ceremony, don’t wear a cathedral veil. Shorter veils such as French net, shoulder, and elbow designs are best for gowns that hit at the ankle or knee.
Cathedral veils beautifully complement any formal ensemble: mermaid dresses, fit and flare silhouettes, ball gowns, and even sheath dresses. You can choose a wide veil for added drama; multiple layers for soft romance; a narrow veil for a sleek appearance; a flat mantilla for traditional beauty; or a foldover for simple elegance.
Be sure to match the trim of your veil with the details in your dress. If you’re showing off a stunning back, the sheer and delicate fabric of the veil will not only let the design show through, but create a gorgeous frame for your gown.
Are you dancing the night away in a short dress? A romantic, long veil is designed to enhance your walk down the aisle; you can either bustle your cathedral or switch it out for a pretty headpiece or shorter veil for your reception. This gives you the perfect excuse to select something fun and different for the after party!
Spice up your reception style with a glamorous rhinestone statement piece, soft flower comb, or sparkling boho-chic halo! Even without changing your dress, you customize your second look with a few gorgeous accessories.
Someday, you can look back at your incredible photos and wonder if your niece or daughter or cousin will wear your veil at her wedding!
Cathedral veils can be preserved, just like gowns. Pass along your veil as a sentimental “something old” and let someone else enjoy the romance of a lovely cathedral veil! Since this type of veil is so long, you can also re-fashion the trim on a gown, save a bit in a locket, style it in newborn baby pictures, or sew it into lingerie. This is one wedding accessory that you can definitely use again.
A cathedral veil transforms your wedding look with magical romance.
From your walk to the altar to portrait photos, the dramatic beauty of a long veil will enhance your wedding in ways that only you will ever know. Some couples do a first look—others take fun photos with friends, style gorgeous still-life shots, or take private boudoir photos.
Many women don’t feel like a bride until they put on their veil. Imagine a veil so beautiful and dramatic that you can’t stop staring until it is literally tucked into your hair. Romantic? We think so.
You only live once, right? You only marry once, too!
Seize the moment. This is your only opportunity to wear a veil. Why not select a dramatic, ethereal, and utterly fantastic cathedral design? Every day is precious—and your wedding day should be blissfully unforgettable. Choose a style that makes you look and feel amazing.
In love with cathedral veils? Check out our Cathedral Veils page for some ideas about how to enhance your look for the big day.
Still not convinced? Every bride should select the style she loves the most—check out our other veil lengths and designs for more options.
Tell us what you think! What type of veil will you wear for your wedding and why?