What is a cathedral veil?
The cathedral length veil is a long, formal wedding veil style, which typically measures three and a half yards (108 inches) in length.
Cathedral wedding veils
are often coordinated with wedding gowns that feature a cathedral length train
. However, they may also be worn with a wedding gown that has a shorter train length, creating a dramatic look without the weight and cumbersome maneuverability that comes with yards upon yards of bridal gown fabric.
Often, cathedral wedding veils are worn in combination with a shorter style, such as a blusher veil.
Examples of cathedral length wedding veils
Cathedral length veils are usually made out of bridal netting, and can come with a variety of embellishments, including beading, crystals, ribbon, appliques, and lace. As it is customary for the bride to match the color of her veil to the color of her dress, veils also come in varying shades of white, such as ivory, creme, diamond white, ecru, or eggshell, to name a few. When choosing the color of a veil, the bride should see the veil with her dress to assure an accurate match.
While beautiful and dramatic, cathedral length wedding veils can also be more burdensome than shorter veils. Unlike a dress, a veil can't be bustled, so brides will often wear the cathedral veil for the ceremony, and then remove it or switch to a smaller headpiece for the reception.