The most iconic and flattering accessory that any bride can wear, the wedding veil is one of the most- if not the most- popular item on your wedding attire. Indeed, even the most contemporary brides chooses to go for a veil on her special day, just to complete that ultra-glamorous and sophisticated look that only a veil can bring.
The best things about veils is that not only do they flatter your face and bring a mysterious demeanour to your look, but they also come in a plethora of fabrics. So, there’s no doubt about the fact that your bridal veil will very easily match with whichever wedding dress you decide to go for. Of course, while you can go for just about any fabric, provided that it’s see-through, there are some materials that are more flattering when paired with wedding gowns.
Gauze veils, for example, are the most popular choices and for a good reason. Indeed, these are so exquisitely light and airy that brides rarely feel that they’re actually wearing a veil. Most importantly, gauze veils are flattering to every complexion and usually show off your perfectly rouged cheeks and lips. Gauze veils look best in pure white or ivory but if you’re the sort of bride who loves to be trendy and push the boundaries, then, by all means, go for a brightly coloured one which will beautifully contrast with your dress.
Another popular fabric option for the wedding veil is net. Very often favoured for short or birdcage veils, nets will instantly bring an aristocratic look to you face. This fabric is also fantastic for 20’s or Victorian themed weddings because these were the most popular choices at the time. Net fabrics also go well with short or tea-length dresses made of silk, satin or taffeta. Of course, it goes without saying that lace is another extremely easy fabric to pair with whichever outfit you’ve chosen to get married in. Don’t hesitate to add some beads or sequins to your lace veil to embellish it.
Some cultures require brides to be decked in a rather thick veils on their wedding day. In such cases, the veil is kept on the short side so that the bride can lower her head and look down to see where she’s walking because very often, these thick veils are not transparent. Orthodox Jewish brides, for example, usually don a short taffeta veil which they can decorate with a lace or silk trimming.
There’s nothing like a properly fitted wedding veil to embellish the bride and bring a classy and sophisticated look to her overall attire. Whilst this is certainly an ancient tradition, more and more brides are embracing this ultimate wedding accessory. However, if not properly worn, veils can be detrimental to your outfit and look quite out of place. It is important that you take the necessary precautions to adjust your veil to not only your dress but also your shoes, face and hairstyle. A veil should always compliment your face and outfit.
Indeed, the veil affects the contours and structure of your face more than you can imagine. For example, a bride with a round face should probably steer clear from birdcages or small veils that hide the forehead because these will make her face appear even rounder and rather puffy-like. This is due to the fact that birdcages tend to draw attention to the lower, hence rounder, area of your face. On the other hand, however, birdcage veils look absolutely fantastic on women with thin and long faces because they will draw attention to the cheekbones and define the contours.
A bride with a veil always has an appealingly mysterious aura around her. To emphasize this mysterious-like appeal, it’s important to take proper care of your makeup and make sure that it’s visible from underneath your veil. Do not, under any circumstances, tone down your makeup just because your face will be partially hidden. On the contrary, an absolute must-do for wedding veils is to apply more makeup than usual with particular focus on the eyes and lips. Jet back mascara and eye liner paired with glossy lips are going to look absolutely stunning under your veil. If you’re planning on throwing the veil up, be sure to pay attention to your cheekbones as well. Some luminous bronzer and blush will counterbalance any shadow that the veil will throw upon your face.
Another thing that brides always have to do but very rarely think about is removing the veil after the wedding, especially if it’s long and heavy. Yes, most of us are reluctant to take it off and we won’t feel as special as we do with the veil on. But, truth be told, thirty minutes into the reception will have you hot, sweaty and bothered which means that you’ll have to fumble with the veil and remove it in front of everyone. While this certainly doesn’t apply for shorter veils, long veils can be quite a hassle for the reception and you won’t feel as light and relaxed as you’ll feel without it.
While it certainly is traditional to glide elegantly down the aisle with billowy streams of lace or gauze floating behind you, not all brides choose to veil themselves on their special day. Indeed, whether you choose to wear the veil or not usually depends on your dress, the type of veil and of course, your personal preferences.
So, whether you want a two foot train and veil in the likes of Lady Diana on her wedding day, or if you’re looking for something retro chic like Celine Dion’s famous wedding crystal headpiece, it’s quite important to familiarize yourself with the different types of wedding veils. Brides should also carefully consider the pros and cons of wearing the veil in order to determine whether they’ll be comfortable with wearing one or not.
Luckily for you, the market is simply brimming with a wide variety of elegant and intricately woven wedding veils that will win the hearts of just about any bride. For example, if you’re more of an old-fashioned, romantic lady, then don’t hesitate to go for Cathedral-length veils. The longest of all veils, these can certainly be a pain to manage and arrange around your dress, but by the same token, they certainly never fail to make a stunning impression. On the flip side, one of the major cons of this particular accessory is that Cathedral veils usually trail for a couple of feet behind the bride and usually need to be arranged by a couple of bridesmaids prior to walking down the aisle.
Alternatively, you can also take a leaf out of Kate Middleton’s book and go for fingertip-length veils. A firm favourite among fashionable and modern brides, these wedding veils usually skim your upper back and flatters most dress styles. If you’re uncomfortable with veiling, this is probably your safest bet. Just be sure to go for the lightest organza or tulle: in fact, these two fabrics are so deliciously light that pretty soon, you’re going to forget that you’re wearing a veil!
For an ultra-chic look with just a hint of vintage, why don’t you look into half birdcage veils? Commonly crafted from netted fabrics, these veils usually skim the forehead, bringing a mysterious, rather sensual look to the bride. To make a more pronounced impression, do not hesitate to accessorize your half birdcage veil with semi-precious stones, pearls, lace or crystals. The one disadvantage with this type of wedding veil is that the netting can irritate your skin and make you want to scratch your forehead smack in the middle of the ceremony! This definitely is the type of veil to avoid if you have ultra-sensitive skin.
Of course, if you’re not at all comfortable with veils, you can totally skip this particular accessory and wear an elaborate headpiece as a substitute. A very popular trend is to go for a stone-encrusted headpiece with just a hint of veil playing underneath. Otherwise, feel free to play around with tiaras or contemporary head chains for an ultra-glamorous look. Brides can even bring a rustic, old-fashioned touch to their wedding by replacing the veil with a lace Victorian headpiece and cap. Don’t be afraid to experiment and push the boundaries until you find a wedding veil that matches your sense of style: after all, it is your big day, no one else’s!
Everyone present on the wedding cannot contain their excitement for the lovely pair. Everyone just want to see how the bride looks that day, but nobody can level with the excitement and eagerness of the groom in seeing his bride. Veils build up that anticipation, only allowing the audience to see the silhouette of the bride’s body and a faint trace of her face.
There were several assumed reasons of how the veil came to be – a sign of virginity and purity, a protection against the wind and sun for women living near the deserts, a tool for preserving the modesty of women and many more. As for you, make a lasting bridal entrance on 2014 with one of these dramatic wedding veils.
If you want instant glamour and majestic vigour, opt for long-length veils. Long veils are still classified into floor-length veils, chapel-length veils and Cathedral-length veils. The latter are the longest, extending to about 120 inches long and considered as the most formal type. These veils are ideal for full length, classic bridal gowns. Aside from the added elegance on the aisle, these long-length veils can be utilized to create dramatic wedding photos. Imagine your long, flowy and sheer veil dancing with the breeze as your groom plants a kiss on your soft lips.
Being a woman, you are always particular of the details and intricacies of articles. When it comes to your veil, embroideries always add an elegant touch. Whether you’re donning a shoulder-length, elbow-length or a knee-length veil, lace is a sure way to go. One tier veils would be enough for laced veils. You don’t want to overdo it. Also, since your veil is already intricately designed, your dress is better off simple, but elegant looking.
French Nest and Birdcage Veils
French nest and birdcage veils are visor veils which do not extend past the chin. This type is for the bold bride whose gown is a little eclectic, modish or sophisticated like one with a high-neck detail dress. Usually, these types of veils are commonly used on vintage weddings. You can actually have fun with them by lavishing them with Swarovski crystals, silk or feathers.
Having a southern homey wedding or a summer wedding? Then boho veils are the right ones for you, love. Pin that romantic bohemian bride look with boho veils, styled in whatever way you want. You can use laces with big flowers on the side, or even art-deco inspired ones made from beads and sparkly jewelleries.
Whatever wedding veil you choose, just make sure that the style, length, color and material used would jive perfectly with your wedding dress.
Roman brides wore veils, known as flammeum, which were dyed a golden shade with saffron ti represent the flame of Vesta, the domestic goddess and giver of life. The veils was to protect the bride from evil spirits and was a symbol of her betrothal for life.
Normal style of bridal veils including;
Blusher Wedding Veils. : A short, shoulder-length style that is fixed atop the head so it can easily be pushed back during the ceremony. Best for simple, modern dresses and suits. Will suit all face shapes.
Elbow Wedding Veils : As the name suggests, simple veil that falls to the elbow. These include fountain styles, which may be multiple layers of fabric gathered at the crown, either softly cascding or in stiffer fabrics to create added height and shape.
Fingertip Wedding Veils : A veil that reaches to the fingertips, it is a classic veil length, often trimmed in lace or satin ribbon. If you are not so slim, be careful that this style does not visually add width to your waist.
Waltz Wedding Veils : A calf- or ankle-length veil that will usually be softer style. Good for rounder face shapes as it will hep to slim and elongate.
Chapel Wedding Veils : A more traditional style of veil, it is often worn with ball gowns. The chapel veil just sweeps the floor and may cascade in the several layers. Often worn at the back of the head, it can help balance a long or thin face. May be worn with a blusher..
Cathedral Wedding Veils : The longest and most formal style, it is usually seen at royal weddings. This veil will fall as train behind the wearer.
Mantilla Wedding Veils : Spanish-style lace veil that encased the wearer from top to toe and falls from the crown of the head. Will work beautifully with simple column or mermaid styles.