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What is a Church Length Veil?


When you're going to the chapel, and you're going to get married, you'll need to know 'what is a church length veil?'. Weddings veils come in all styles and sizes, and it can be helpful to know the difference between them so you can find the perfect match for your wedding dress, especially if you're planning a church ceremony. Finding out 'what is a church length veil?' can help you decide whether it's the right bridal veil length for you.  

Sometimes known as a chapel veil, the church length veil is perhaps the most longstanding of the bridal veils. Traditionally worn for church or chapel ceremonies, church length veils are slightly less extravagant than the extra long cathedral veil. However, brides can still add a touch of the dramatic to their bridal look, with a long and flowing church length wedding veil that cascades to the floor.

what is a church length veil

How Long is a Church Length Veil?

Without including the blusher, a church length wedding veil is 250cm from the comb through to the end of the tulle. Positioned perfectly between a floor length wedding veil and a cathedral length veil, brides will still enjoy the feel and movement of a veil that trails behind them as they walk down the aisle.

What is the Difference Between a Chapel and Cathedral Length Veil? 

A chapel veil is about 50 cm shorter than a cathedral veil. And without the extra fabric, there's less need for the extra assistance that usually comes with a longer veil. 

How to Wear a Church Length Veil?

Church length veils can add impact to a bridal look in an understated way. Their length makes them suitable for nearly all dress styles, although dresses shorter than floor length are best suited to short wedding veils

As well as looking utterly romantic and gorgeous, one of the best things about a church length veil is that you don't have to be tall to wear one. The length lends chapel veils a versatility that suits the height of most brides, whilst helping to give the illusion of added length and height to the wearer. 

Church length veils are generally easy to manage, especially when negotiating your way around your guests to greet them all. But you may choose to remove it just before you sit down for your wedding breakfast for extra comfort. Think about pairing your veil with an alternative bridal headpiece so that when the veil comes off, your bridal look will shine on. 

A Chapel Veil and Bridal Hair

To achieve the perfect floor skimming look, church length veils are best fixed with a comb at the crown of the head.  Because of this, they work well with a variety of long hairstyles, half up half down bridal dos, and high and low updos. 

See our real brides wearing church length veils

Choosing a Church Length Veil

Britten Weddings handmake and supply stunning church length veils, made from the finest luxury fabrics and the most delicate vintage lace. Visit the Britten Weddings long wedding veils collection, and shop our unique selection of beautiful chapel length veils including barely-there church length veils, single tier church length wedding veils, and a chapel length veil with crystals.