Once you have hunted down the wedding ceremony dress of your dreams, it’s time to add the finishing touch – the veil. The veil is an accessory that will enhance your gown, rather than deter from it. While not everyone makes a decision to enhance their hair with this crowning feature, those ladies who would like to wear a veil should arm themselves with the following tips when trying to decide on the best style for their wedding day. From eye-skimming to long and lace-trimmed, follow these basic steps to help fast track your way to the perfect head-topper.
First, a lesson in the different extent of veils available…
Birdcage veils look particularly good if you’re rocking a retro 50s wedding style – think Audrey Hepburn in ‘Funny Face’ with bow and flower details. Wide netting means that seeing is no hassle, and birdcage vintage wedding veils look adorable flipped back. These veils do not extend beyond daylight hours chin and appear like many of the fascinators worn at racing day events.
These veils are about 30” for a single rate and 54” for a double rate. They are perfect to allow you to present your neckline, middle or back dress outlining because they are very light and usually have a lot more volume than longer veils. This amount of veil is fun and flirty but tends to be a bit relaxed for more formal weddings. Short layered veils are the perfect accompaniment with the high 1950’s middle lines.
A blush veil is a single layer of tulle that folds over the face when you’re walking down the church aisle and is then moved back when you reach the ceremony. This style is beautifully classic and will look complementary on just about any blushing bride.
If you want a no more coverage then look at an elbow-length veil, which flows gently down your neck. It’s a look that’s gorgeous and elegant and is best suited for a full, puffy skirt style with a fitted bodice.
A fingertip veil is the most popular choice for brides-to-be’s and looks simply beautiful when paired with an A-line gown, as the three-quarter length suits the proportions of the gown perfectly. Because it provides just part knee length it isn’t usually worn with gowns with a train. If you are more substantial than 5’7″, a fingertip-length veil will work well with your frame.
A chapel length veil flows down the length of your stunning wedding dress and it’s one to think about if you’re having a more formal wedding in a church. Look for a veil which has easily removed divisions, so you can move the longer rate and leave the shorter one in the hair for the reception.
A cathedral-length veil hiking trails behind you as you proceed the church aisle. This is a dramatic look (these veils generally extend up to 110-120-inches in total) and it usually matches the length of your train of your stunning wedding dress. Cathedral veils are usually worn only for formal weddings, but rules were meant to be broken!