Guide to veils and trains
Veils and trains can add that extra romantic feel to your dress.
Make sure the style of veil you choose suits your wedding dress. A birdcage veil will add a vintage feel to a 50s-style dress, while a cathedral veil suits a dramatic dress with a cathedral train in a formal setting.
Transform your look from ceremony to reception by removing your veil and showing off a beautiful hair pin or comb.
Short veils Pouf:
Gathered material that attaches to a comb or headpiece to add extra height for your veil.
Birdcage: Netting or tulle attached to a headpiece and worn over the face. Perfect for a vintage look.
Blusher: A short layer of veil worn over the face before or during the ceremony and then lifted back over the head. It can also be worn shoulder length in layers.
Flyaway: Multi-layered shoulder-length style, ideal for keeping the detail on the back of a dress on show.
Fountain: Gathered at the crown of the head it cascades like a fountain over the shoulders.
Mid-length veils Elbow:
Extends to the elbow.
Fingertip: Reaches the fingertips.
Mantilla: A Spanish-inspired veil in a circular shape with lace edges. Can be between elbow and ballet length.
Triple tier: Three layers of different lengths.
Longer veils Waltz/ballet:
Falls between the knee and ankle.
Chapel: Formal veil that falls on to the floor and flows over your train, usually worn with a sweep or chapel train.
Cathedral: The longest and most formal veil, also called a royal veil, which extends behind the dress. Usually worn with a cathedral train. Ideal for grand church weddings.
A train can add drama and elegance to your dress. Choose your dress and train to suit your wedding day, a cathedral-length train would not suit a beach wedding but would be perfect for a grand church wedding.
Sweep/Duster: Extends around a foot past the hemline of the dress.
Puddle: Extends from the side of the dress and gives the look of the bride standing in a puddle. Usually found on a mermaid or column dress.
Chapel: Formal train that extends about three feet behind the dress.
Cathedral: Formal train that extends about six feet behind the dress.
Royal: The longest train, only suitable for formal church or cathedral ceremonies.
Detachable: Fastened on the dress at the waist and can be removed after the ceremony and photos.
Most trains can be bustled up to give the bride more freedom to move. Alternatively a loop can be attached on the train which goes over the wrist, lifing the train off the floor.