Bridal + Wedding Veil Guide: Elbow Length Veil

Today, I want to focus on the elbow length bridal veil.  Specifically, how to choose a flattering veil length for your beautiful gown — the one you spent countless hours scouring bridal stores and online!

With so many options, selecting the right veil length can feel overwhelming and confusing. How do you make the right choice between shorter and longer length veil?  Here at Little Things Borrowed, we carry an elbow length.  As the name suggests, the length falls at the bride’s elbows approximately 30 inches in length.  There are certain considerations that will help you determine if an elbow veil is the right choice for you.  We love the idea of pairing this style showcasing the skirt or train of your wedding dress.



If you’re looking for an informal bridal look, an elbow length is certainly the best option for you.  For informal or daytime weddings choose a short veil like an elbow length veil. Remember your veil should complementary your dress and not overpower it. An A-line, empire, and sheath dress with elaborate detailing such as beadwork or embroidery can make any gown more (or less) formal, though.


Choose a complementary color. Aim to match the color of the bridal veil to your wedding dress as closely as possible. And since photos may not accurately portray the correct color, bring a swatch of fabric from your dress when you go veil shopping or request a fabric veil swatch to match at home here.


If your wedding dress is heavily embellished, keep your veil on the clean and simple side, with minimal (if any) extras. And vice versa: A simple, streamlined gown allows you to be a bit more adventurous in the veil department (Meghan Markle’s wedding day look—complete with a stunning, elaborate cathedral veil—comes to mind). Play around with unexpected shapes, accents and textures, like a floral-embellished cathedral veil, a lace cap or a couture-inspired bubble veil with over-the-top volume. Try to create a balance as well when it comes to the type of embellishments—while they don’t have to match the ones on your dress exactly, they should complement them in color, size and style. A glam sequined veil, for instance, might feel out of place next to a romantic gown embroidered with tiny pearls.


An elbow length veil is a great choice for an indoor or outdoor wedding. Your photographer will capture better photos if a strong wind guests occur. This veil is great for a beach wedding or a more conservative look for your ceremony in a single layer or double layer. The risk of damaging the veil is low.


One of most important factors to consider is your comfort. If you want to dance in your veil while wearing it, then the elbow length is the perfect choice for you! A great choice because it allows a bride to wear a longer and won’t block the focus of her beautiful gown, as you can still see it through the sheer fabric.

If you want to wear beautiful designer bridal accessories and veils at a fraction of what you’d pay to own then, Little Things Borrowed is the place. Now you don’t have to limit yourself, all you have to do is Rent. Love. Return. In that order. You can even try on up to three accessories with the Try It. Style It. Preview  option to try in your home or at your hair trial with your dress.  At Little Things Borrowed, we have basically thought of everything. If you are not local, we ship nationwide.

We hope some of these tips were helpful for you in choosing the perfect bridal veil to complete your wedding day look. Still can’t decide between a long or short veil? Unsure which color veil to order, request your free veil color swatch today.  Contact us here and we’d be happy to help!