Which wedding veils are best suited for petite brides? While the answer can vary depending on who you ask, we believe that many lengths and styles will work with petite proportions. The key to wedding veils for short brides is to look for a veil that’s sheer and light. Yes, that’s correct – you don’t have to settle for an elbow length veil if you want more length to your look!

Think shape rather than length

A bride on the shorter side can wear a veil of any length depending on the style of her dress. An elbow, fingertip, chapel or cathedral length veil will all work beautifully. In our experience, the biggest issue is often shape rather than length.

The shape of a veil is created by the way the veil has been cut but also the amount of gathers on the veil. A heavily gathered veil appears full, voluminous and very puffy but this can have the effect of cutting you in half if the veil length ends at the elbow or fingertip. Similarly, a heavily gathered long veil with a gathered blusher will swallow your silhouette and conceal your frame and wedding gown.

We recommend veils at any length that feel lightweight due to their sheerness. By keeping your veil as sheer as possible, this will let your silhouette and dress show through.

Shop this look: MIRA wedding veil

Chapel and cathedral wedding veils for short brides

Wedding veils for shorter brides aren’t limited to cropped elbow length veils. You can adorn your wedding dress with a long and dramatic veil.  The caveat is to look for a veil with minimal gathers and soft or straight lines to elongate your silhouette.

Rather than a heavily gathered veil, look for a veil with medium to light gathering as this will appear effortless and romantic without the bulk.

Our AUDREY, WYNTER and CALLA LILY veils are beautiful examples of veils which feel glamorous yet lightweight. The perfect finishing touches to let your dress and silhouette show through.

Shop this look: WYNTER at custom length, MIRA veil, MARAIS veil

Embellished wedding veils for short brides

Petite brides don’t need to settle for plain veils either. However, a heavy lace trim around the edge of your veil is likely to weigh down your look.

A veil that has been embellished in the right way can draw the eyes upwards and elongate your frame. Think light details at the crown and face that slowly trickle down onto your shoulders. Our favourite styles include the CARMEN and THEODORE veils. Ensure the details don’t stop at the halfway point of your height as this will have the effect of cutting your torso in half.

Keeping embellishments light and focused from the waist up will lift your look rather than weight it down.

Shop this look: CARMEN veil

Elbow length veils for petite brides

A common piece of advice is to stick to elbow length veils if you’re a petite bride. An elbow length veil is very flattering for petite brides as it frames one third of your length which draws the eyes upwards. Keep the gathers to a minimum – a heavily gathered elbow length veil will draw the eyes to your mid section which may have the effect of cutting you in half.

If you’re looking for a two-tier veil, opt for a drop veil (no gathers) and ensure your blusher layer falls to the inside of your elbows to keep the overall appearance light and floaty. A classic drop veil with a cropped elbow length blusher will be a beautiful addition to your look.

Shop this look: WEEPING CHERRY veil, AVA elbow veil, ROSELLA veil with elbow length blusher

Fingertip veils

A fingertip veil is a go-to length for all heights. This veil style falls to the length of your fingertips which passes the half way point of your torso. We recommend light to medium gathers for this style also as a heavily gathered fingertip veil can add bulk at a level that will drag the eyes downwards.

If you’re looking for a two-tier veil, opt for a drop veil (no gathers) and ensure your blusher layer falls to the inside of your elbows to keep the overall appearance light and floaty. A classic drop veil with a cropped elbow length blusher will be a beautiful addition to your look.

Shop this look: BLAIR wedding veil

Choose an elbow length blusher

To keep the look light and floaty, we recommend that the blusher layer fall to your elbow. Grab a tape measure and measure from where you intend to secure the comb in your hair, over your face and down to your elbow. This measurement will be a flattering length for your proportions if you would like a two-tier veil.

We design and handcraft all our veils in-house so we will be sure to take into account your height, hairstyle and dress length details when we create your wedding veil.

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Every wedding gown and bride is different and the perfect accessories for you will not only depend on your gown but your personal style, vision, height and style. We love to work with our brides to create the perfect veil that you will love to keep as an heirloom after your wedding day.

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