(Closed) Veil length for petite brides?

posted 9 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m 4’11 3/4", and I’m going with an elbow-length veil…just because I like them! 🙂

Post # 4
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m likely going to choose a cathedral length veil (well, I’m not exactly sure if that’s the right definition, I have a chapel length dress and the veil will likely be slightly, couple inches) longer.  I’m 5′, and I kind of agree with you on the sheer, light, long line approach.  I don’t think the length so much as the shape is an issue.  To me, and what several people have said, a full elbow length veil can make you look pretty short b/c it noticeably cuts you off there.  But a less full one probably won’t make a difference in terms of how short you look.  In general, I think the same rules apply to petite fashion as normal fashion.  If something is elongating for your body type, it’s elongating regardless of how short you are.  The only different is that someone 5’8" might not care if something makes them look shorter, while us shorties usually do.

I think the most important thing is to pick a veil that goes with your dress…and try several on.  The embellishment (or plainness) will make veils of the same length look quite different. 

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m 5’1" with a chapel length train and a fingertip-length single-layer veil.  I don’t think the veil makes me look short or anything, and I chose that veil because I didn’t want something really long…  And it looked pretty with my dress.

Post # 6
6 posts

I’m 5’3" and wore a fingertip length veil (single layer) and received many compliments on it.  My gown had a chapel-length train and the veil went very well with it.  I would agree that shape is much more important than length – something too full/poofy will swallow and overwhelm you. 

Post # 7
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m 5’2 and will be doing an elbow length veil.  it’s just more me : )

Post # 8
468 posts
Helper bee

I’m 4’10 and I have a Stephen Yearick dress. Its got a chapel length train, and I’ll be wearing a very sheer cathedral length veil. I think its a drop veil.


I agree with the PP  its important to have the dress and veil work together.

Post # 9
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

i’m 4’10 too and i’m still going to wear a chapel length veil just because i want to! Plus it goes great with my ball gown-y dress! The veil i chose has a very light beaded edging to it, that way its not too overwhelmig!

Post # 10
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My mom is 4’10" and wore a full length veil and looked stunning (from the pics).  Wear whatever YOU feel best in, and what goes best with your dress and where you are having your ceremony.  I am wearing a very simple dress with two veils – a long and a short.  I’ll wear both during the church ceremony/mass and take the long off for my reception (simple velcro removal) – wearing only the short veil for the party.

Post # 11
24 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think the long veils are better for petit brides – shorter ones can cut you in the middle making you look even shorter.

Post # 12
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Im 5’2" and Im going to wear a chapel length veil. The train on my dress is a sweep train, so I wanted the veil to go past that. I think you should wear which ever veil length you want!

Post # 13
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

I’m 5’1½" (like gidgett, every bit counts!).  I honestly never gave too much thought to height/veil options!  I’m wearing a fingertip-length mantilla.  It goes beautifully with my dress, which I think is important.

I say go with a style that you love and that compliments your dress!  :o)

Post # 14
16 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m about 5’1" and mine is fingertip length (single layer);  however, I had it made narrower than the traditional veil width to keep it from being overwhelming.

Post # 15
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I’m 5’3 and I wore two veils.  My original first veil was a Malis Henderson veil, single-layer, fingertip length, but angel cut (dipped down lower in the back).  It was the perfect proportion for my dress because my dress had a chapel length train with pickups just in the train (the veil hit just above where the pick-ups started.  

My secong veil was my grandmother’s wedding veil and it was elbow length.  I loved the convenience of the elbow length.  It felt very comfortable and I hardly noticed it was on.  

I think you should sport whatever length veil you prefer – I have seen all lengths on petite brides and I think they all looked gorgeous!

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