Veils have had a place in marriage ceremonies for centuries, possibly dating as far back as ancient Roman times when wedding veils were said to ward off evil spirits that preyed on brides-to-be. In today’s society, wedding veils have lost most of their past symbolic meanings and are instead gorgeous accessories that enhance the beauty of the bride.
Although, there are a number of reasons you may be leaning toward skipping the wedding veil, a veil is still the ultimate bridal accessory. It can be the perfect addition to set off a fabulous gown. And if you’re a fan of pictures where the bride and groom are kissing under the veil, well, it’s an absolute must.
If you decide to go with the veil, you need to consider a few things first…
1. Consider your wedding dress. It’s best to find a dress first and then choose a veil that enhances your gown. For example, if you have a lace or beaded dress, look for a veil that compliments those elements. Remember, a veil should never take center stage or draw attention away from you and your dress.
2. Take your venue into account. If your ceremony is taking place in a large, elaborate church, you may want to consider a dramatic, long veil. Alternatively, if you’re getting married outdoors during a windy season, it’s best to opt for a veil that’s shorter in length. This will prevent the veil from blowing too much or even flying away.
3. Keep your hairstyle in mind. Most veils work well with down hairstyles. But if you’re planning on a more intricate hairstyle, choose a thin or sheer veil that won’t completely conceal your hair. Whether you’re doing your own hair or getting it done by a professional, it’s a good idea to practice placing and fastening your veil before the big day.
Veils come in various sizes. When deciding on the veil length, keep in mind - short voluminous veil makes you shorter and long makes you taller and slimmer.
Monarch veil is the longest and the most spectacular veil. It makes for amazing photos and a breathtaking walk down the aisle. Length - 130+ inches.
Cathedral veil is the most dramatic and formal style and therefore the mother of all veils. This style is often as well referred to as the royal veil since the veil falls normally at least 9 feet or more from a headpiece or crown and ,is often paired with an equally powerful cathedral train. Because of the vast amount of fabric, the bride will require assistance from her bridesmaids. Length - 108-120 inches.
Chapel veil is like the chapel wedding train extending a bit more than two yards from the headpiece. This veil style is often worn in a combination with sweep train and blusher. Its length makes it one of the more formal styles. Length - 90 inches.
Fingertip veil style extends to the bride’s fingertips when her arms are resting at her sides. It is a very popular with brides- especially with wedding ball gowns. As the arm length veil the fingertip veil is used normally as an instead option for train in a wedding dress. Length - 38-40 inches.
Elbow length veil is extending to the brides elbow, which lengths makes the veil quite versatile — suitable for formal or less formal gowns. It can be based on multiple layers or be of just one piece of fabric. This veil style is as well popular with ball gowns, because they end where the fullness in the skirt often begins. Length - 32 inches.
Blusher veil is a short and single layer of veiling that falls loosely over the bride’s face, extending below and finishes below shoulders. The blusher is worn over the face before the ceremony and can be either be flipped back over or detached altogether after the wedding ceremony. Usually, a blusher veil is built in a main veil.
Birdcage veil is the shortest version of all veils. It usually only netting combine with a headpiece that can only cover your eyes, go half way across your face or sit just below your jaw line. Birdcage veils feel effortless chic and create an aura of vintage, ladylike sexiness mixed into one. Length - 9-12 inches.
Let our Poshfair consultants help you to find a perfect veil that will become a great addition to your bridal look.