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What is an Elbow Length Veil?


elbow length wedding veil 

When you’re not the average bride to be and you’re looking for something different to wear on your wedding day with just a nod to tradition, you’ll want to know the answer to the question ‘what is a elbow length veil?’.

When you’re looking at wedding veils, elbow length veils are a fantastic universal length that bring a whimsical lightness to most bridal looks. Look for elbow length wedding veils in a range of stunning designs and luxury fabrics, including barely there tulle or cut edge silk style tulle, to find the perfect match for your dream bridal gown.


What is an Elbow Length Veil?

An elbow length veil is a favourite amongst modern and alternative veils. A short veil length, sometimes referred to as a waist length veil, it offers a versatility that suits both the clean elegant lines of a contemporary gown and the fun retro vibes of a vintage style wedding dress.

Choosing a short length veil, like an elbow length wedding veil, gives you the freedom to wear your veil for as long as you like on your wedding day. So, if you want to wear your veil all day and well into the night without it getting in the way, an elbow length veil makes the perfect choice.  


How Long is a Elbow Length Veil? 

An elbow length veil is 72cm in length from the comb to the end of the tulle or lace edge. This type of veil should finish, as the name suggests, around the bride’s elbows when her arms are at rest. Shorter than a fingertip veil, it’s the shortest bridal veil length before you start to enter bandeau veil or birdcage veil territory.

Elbow length is considered an informal length of veil, so you can still look positively bridal without being too traditional if that’s the look you’re going for.


How to Wear an Elbow Length Veil

Short and sweet, elbow length veils are a great bridal accessory, subtly covering exposed shoulders and outlining the silhouette of the upper body. They add the perfect finishing touch to a non-traditional bridal outfit.

A fantastically versatile option for brides, the elbow length veil works with nearly every wedding dress style out there.

The elbow length works especially well with:

Wedding gowns with back detail: Elbow length barely there wedding veils draw the eye to the brides back without covering the detail. So for brides who have chosen intricate lacing or beadwork of a bodice, or a dramatic backless dress, an elbow length veil will help to accentuate the detail with its light translucency.

Wedding gowns without a train: If you’ve opted for a modern floor length dress without a train, an elbow length veil is the fuss free bridal accessory that will help to emphasise the sophistication of a contemporary cut gown, whilst maintaining a fresh aesthetic.  

Tea length wedding dresses: A short wedding dress needs a short veil. And with ultra-cute retro tea length wedding dresses growing in popularity, an elbow length veil makes the perfect pairing. Finishing at the elbow, this veil length helps to give balance to a bridal dress that finishes mid-calf, adding to the timelessness of this look.

Ball gown wedding dresses: Because elbow length veils finish at waist length just before the skirt begins, they work beautifully with full skirted ball gown style wedding dresses. This veil length helps to show off skirt details as you move around throughout your wedding day.

elbow length wedding veil

See our real brides wearing elbow length veils.

If we were to answer the question ‘what is an elbow length veil?’ with one word, it would be ‘essential’. When looking for wedding veils, it’s an absolute must that you try an elbow length veil. We’re pretty confident you’ll fall in love, again. Choose from the stunning selection of elbow length veils at Britten Weddings, and browse our bridal accessory range to pair your veil with chic and intricate hair pins, bridal hair combs, and bridal hair vines for extra glamour on your big day.