Wedding Cape Measuring Guide

Typical Cape Lengths

Fingertip Length: reaches the fingertips when your arms are at your sides

  • Typically 35-40’’

Ballet Length / Waltz Length: reaches your knees or mid-calf

  • Typically 45-50’’

Chapel Length: brushes the floor or extends a bit past the floor

  • Typically 80-90’’

Cathedral Length: extends several feet past the train of your wedding dress

  • Typically 108’’

Royal Length: the longer the better! This is the veil of the royals.

  • Start at 120’’ and can go as long as 200’’+

How to Measure for your Cape

Cape measurements can vary depending on your height and your wedding dress.

If it is possible, you should take a quick cape measurement (this does not have to be taken while wearing your wedding gown) so that you can make sure that the veil hits exactly where you would like. Take a piece of string (that does not stretch) or a flexible measuring tape, and measure from where the cape will be attached at your shoulders down to the tip of approximately where you would like the veil to end at the longest point at the back. This measurement does not have to be exact. It just gives me a basic idea of how long you would like your veil to be.

It is always better to have your cape be slightly longer rather than shorter. So if you are unsure, it is best to add an additional 1-2 inches to your measurement.