The Beauty Bible: The All Encompassing Guide to Veils
Hello, beauties! How are you this Friday morn? For this weeks ‘Beauty Bible’ feature we are focusing on what veils are best suited to different hair styles and different dresses, and of course the variation of veils!
Here at The Wedding Affair we understand that choosing a veil to match your wedding dress can be a very daunting prospect, particularly while there is lots of jargon that doesn’t immediately seem to make sense. To make matters worse there are so many things to consider; your dress, face and body shape, hair style and of course your dream wedding venue…
So how do you decide which ‘one’ is right for you? Firstly, we’d recommend that you choose your style of bridal gown before you set your heart on a particular headpiece, as the veil is an accessory that should enhance your gown, rather than detract from it. Of course, if you’ve got an heirloom family veil that you’re planning on wearing then obviously this is going to influence your decision on your dream dress.
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Birdcage Veil/ Blusher Veil
Usually a bird cage veil or more commonly known as a ‘blusher veil’ is worn very close to the face. They are more often made out of tulle or french netting. The veil can be fitted into the hair by a comb, what this means is that it works well with most hair styles.
You may choose a blusher veil on your wedding day if you were wanting to opt for something a little more contemporary, a 50’s retro style wedding would be just perfect! A blusher veil would be fabulous if you were wanting to create a glamorous wedding-day look. They suit most hairstyles, however we think they look just perfect with mega voluptuous curls, a sleek chignon, or if you wear your hair to one side.
Shoulder Veil/ Fly Away Veils
In comparison to a blusher or birdcage veil these veils aren’t worn over the face. They fall just below or at the shoulders. These veils are a great option for brides who may be wanting to achieve a vintage look, and are just perfect for a tea length wedding dress!
Compared to birdcage veils or blushers, fly-away veils have more volume as most commonly they come in multiple layers. Perfect for brides who may be wanting to make more of a statement. Shoulder veils work well with high up do’s and low chignons, but again suit almost every hairstyle. These veils would look lovely with shorter dresses, mermaid dresses and fit and flare gowns.
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An elbow length veil falls right around the brides elbows or waist line. This veil looks beautiful with almost any dress style and is amongst the most popular veil. Elbow veils are perfect for brides looking for a hassle free veil which can both be worn during the ceremony and throughout the day.
Brides opting for a fit and flare dress or a mermaid gown, an elbow veil or shorter would be a fabulous way to add a more contemporary style to your wedding day look. Plus of course you will want to show of your figure to the best!
A finger tip veil falls below at, or just below the brides finger tips. This veil is seen as the most timeless and elegant, usually top of the list for a bride who wants the added ‘wow’ factor but nothing too over the top. We cannot forget the gorgeous veil that Kate Middleton wore for her wedding, just perfect paired up with a classic romantic dress. In fact this veil will looks gorgeous with any dress.
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The ballerina veil is also known as the waltz or ballerina veil. They most commonly fall to just below the finger tips, and above the ground. The Ballet veil is usually knee or ankle length. This style is perfect for brides that love the look of a long veil, but don’t want to commit to a veil that actually touches the ground. With the ballet style, you don’t have to worry about someone stepping on or tripping over your veil.
The perfect dress for this veil could be a simple but incredibly elegant dress. If you wanted to add a touch more to your wedding day look then a ballet veil trimmed with satin or organza would look stunning. The cascade of the fabric will just add a touch of drama to your dress. A veil with touches of light lace is also very elegant styled with a simple dress.
Chapel veils fall at the ground or a couple of inches beyond a bridal gown. These veils are definitely statement pieces and instantly create a dreamy, romantic feel. Veils at or beyond chapel-length are often removed after the wedding ceremony so that a bride can walk and dance with ease.
Getting married on a beach? A chapel length veil would look perfect for a destination wedding with your veil floating in the breeze, but nothing too cumbersome.
Image: Kristen Sweeting Photography – Inbal Dror
A cathedral veil is the longest style veil that there is – this veil trails behind a bride, well beyond her dress. If you’re looking to create a dramatic effect, then a cathedral veil is the only way to go. Not to mention, this veil style is a wedding photographer’s dream because it lends itself to the most incredible bridal pictures.
For those with a heavily embellished dress, a cathedral veil would be perfect for you. Why not try a classic raw edge cut cathedral veil with scattered Swarovski for some extra sparkle. For those with a breathtaking sheer ornate or illusion back, a cathedral veil would look stunning Just remember not to have any accents on the main body of the veil, such as bead work. Also stay clear of multiple layers of fabric to show your dress off to the best extent.
For a cathedral veil you may want to talk through your hair style with your hair dresser, as you much need an up do to hold the weight of the veil. However this depends on how thick/ long the veil is.
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Juliet Cap Veils
Juliet cap veils come in a variety of lengths and have a vintage look that’s tied specifically to the 1920s and 30s. Thanks to Downton Abbey (and, of course, not forgetting Kate Moss!), the Juliet cap is most definitely the in trend of the moment. This veil style is perfect for a chic bride with a nostalgic side.
A Mantilla veil is another veil which typically comes in different lengths. However they are unique as, typically they are round and lined with lace. A mantilla veil should be pinned about two inches from her hairline so that the lace trimming frames the side of her face and drapes downward. This is a gorgeous option to draw attention to a blushing bride’s glowing features.
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What veils do you like the most? Have you chosen yours for your wedding, or what did you wear on your wedding day? Do you have any tips for choosing a veil? We would love to know!