You’ve decided to wear a veil for your big day, now it’s time to choose which style is the best one for your look. Your wedding dress will help you along the way as you navigate the fabrics, hair styles and designs that all go in to help shape the veil you want to wear. The veil is a fun way to have tradition and creativity come into play together on your wedding day, but how is one to choose from all the types and styles?
From face framing to floor skimming, wedding veils can be anything you want them to be. Of course you want your veil to complement your dress, and that’s what this article will aim to help with. Let’s go over the most common variations and styles of veils as well as the intriguing history of why veils are worn in the first place. Choosing to add this traditional accessory to your wedding will give your look an extra element of mystique, so let’s unveil all there is to know about veils.
History of the Bridal Veil
Before we get into veil styles, let’s go over what the veil represented hundreds of years ago and what it is used for in modern day weddings as well. The veil is one of the oldest components of wedding traditions, and dates back to ancient Rome.
Veils were meant to symbolize a respectable woman and shielded her from other men and evil spirits that may want to steal her happiness. Veiling has had a long history in Europe, Asia and African cultures and it wasn’t until 20 year old Queen Victoria wore a veil for her wedding did it become much more popular for all types of brides to wear them and that carries on until today.
In modern society, the bridal veil is worn much more contemporarily for fashion and as a nod to the traditions of the past. Veils can be worn over the face as they once were or as an accessory draped behind them with a crown or headpiece of some sort holding it in place.
Before You Shop
Before you begin shopping for your bridal veil, here are some tips to help you pick which veil style is best for your look:
Tip #1: Decide on Your Hairstyle
Veils with comb attachments work best when your hair is pinned or styled in place. Wearing hair partially or fully up will make it easier to attach a veil that has the comb attachment. Headband veils work great for hair that is left loose and flowing. Keep in mind many styles of veils work best with hair that stays in place and hair length will affect your veil choices as well, so if your hair is short, choose veils that are attached by barrettes instead of combs or headbands.
Tip #2: Decide on the Veil Length
If your dress has an open back or intricate detail, you’ll want a shorter veil so it doesn’t obscure the details of your dress. A gown that is tea length will require a veil that hits above the hem as well.
Tip #3: Do You Want Veil Edging?
When it comes to veil edging (how the end of your veil is cut) it can range from a cut edge to a lace edge, with much variation in between. A cut edge can suit any style of dress as the veil is cut then allowed to just flow and disappear into the design of the dress, with no additions to the edge. From there you can go with a wire, ribbon, pearl or lace trim edge. The embellishments are yours to decide and all depend on how you want the veil to complement the dress.
Tip #4: Choose the Fabric of the Veil
Your dress fabric will help determine the fabric of the veil, if you choose to have edging to match. A vast majority of today’s dresses are light ivory and that ivory can be so pale it can be mistaken for white, and this is a big no-no in the bridal world. So make sure your dress is taken into consideration when your veil is being made or bought. Sheer fabrics are the most popular and edging, as we stated above, can add to the look of the dress.
Styles of Bridal Veils
Here are a few of the most popular wedding veils styles you can pick from in today’s bridal market:
The Single-Tier Veil
Simplistic and elegant. Veil flows from the attachment point which is usually a comb and runs down the bride’s back. Veil has no blusher (section that goes in front of face.)
The Mantilla Veil
Worn at the top of the head, a mantilla has a comb attached and is made of Spanish lace that falls onto the shoulders.
The Juliet Veil
A vintage inspired look, the Juliet is worn as a hat on top of the head with a trail of veil that flows down the back or both sides of the shoulders.
The Birdcage Veil
Attached at the top of the head, this short veil covers the upper part of the bride’s face, its length can vary from eyes, nose or jawline. Made up of a complex net of mesh, the birdcage is ideal for bride’s who are wearing vintage, or vintage inspired, dresses.
The Royal Veil
The royal veil is the longest veil you can get, as it trails four feet behind the bride and has been popularized in weddings featuring churches or ballrooms.
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