A Cathedral Veil is the longest veil for a bride…you may remember seeing Princess Diana emerge from her carriage and walk down the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral. She was wearing a cathedral length veil. This type of head piece is so named because the material flows down the dress and extends onto the aisle of the cathedral., usually 120 to 144 inches, measured from the hair comb fastener to hem. A chapel veil is much shorter, also named after the building where the ceremony is taking place.
Nothing makes a statement quite like this. In recent years, unless you really were a member of the British Royal Family, cathedral veils have all but disappeared. Much like Kate Middleton has brought back sleeves to wedding gowns and white for bridesmaids, cathedral veils are a wedding accessory that brides are looking at once again.
There really is no other occasion in your life when you will have the opportunity to wear a veil, why not at least try some on at your local bridal salon and get a feel for it. Take this opportunity to try on a veil, perhaps starting with a shorter length, and test it out. If you have a dress with minimal beading and sparkle, you could add a veil with silver sequins dotted through out or an edging on it of satin or lace. For the modern bride getting married in a hotel or at the beach, or if you have a more traditional ceremony in a basilica or synagogue, a veil is going to look appropriate and ultra-feminine. You will stand out from other brides these days, and the photographs alone will be worth taking time to find the right veil for you.