Creating a flawless bridal look doesn’t end once you’ve said “yes” to the dress. Pairing the gown with just the right accessories, shoes and hair is a fundamental step in completing the look. And, of course, any fashionable bride understands the importance of a veil.
First worn by Roman brides to disguise themselves as they walked down the aisle, the veil was thought to ward off evil spirits who might hinder their happiness in marriage. The accessory later became a status symbol in the Victorian era—the length, weight and quality of the veil indicating the bride’s social position. Now, contemporary brides around the world still view veils as a symbol of purity and innocence, while many simply consider the garment a nuptial accessory that conveys their personality and style. Regardless of the veil’s meaning to you, your wedding is likely the only opportunity you will have to wear such a unique item, so you want to get it right. From billowing cathedral veils to vintage-inspired birdcage styles, these 30 veils complete any bridal vision.
Elegant, sophisticated and regal, cathedral veils are defined by their sweeping trains which vary from nine to 25 feet in length. As its name suggests, a cathedral veil is meant to be worn in grand settings where wide and long aisles allow the garment to be on full display. Although mountaintop weddings and fairytale forest ceremonies can certainly set a romantic backdrop for a trailing veil, you’ll want to ensure your venue can accommodate the accessory. Don’t forget to inform your hairstylist of your veil length and style, as the accessory will need to be securely attached to your head as you float down the aisle.
For brides with a wistfully nostalgic wedding concept, birdcage veils are a beloved accessory. The petite veil originated in the 1940s when a shortage of fabric due to WWII caused brides to scale back. Now, birdcage veils are viewed as an informal yet modern option for the nontraditional bride. The distinct style and shape of this veil pairs wonderfully with edgy wedding gowns or short dresses, and can be worn at an angle for a face-framing effect.
Arguably the most popular veil style, fingertip veils are mid-length and versatile enough to suit both formal gowns and casual bridal looks. Although the exact length of the veil varies with each bride’s height, the edge of the accessory should reach the edges of (you guessed it) fingertips when arms are relaxed. The classic design offers plenty of opportunity for beaded embellishment or intricate embroidery, and allows freedom of movement during both your ceremony and reception.
TWO TIER VEILS
Instead of a singe tier oval-cut piece of fabric, called a drop veil, a two tier veil features a gather that gives the appearance of multiple layers of fabric. The shorter layer, or the blusher, falls just below the bust and can be pulled over the head to drape the face. Cascading down the back, the longer layers can be any length to either trail behind the dress or simply add volume to the gown. One detail brides should consider when choosing a length of two tier veil is how they’d like to carry a bouquet. If you don’t mind cloaking the bouquet in a translucent veil, a longer blusher layer is suitable, while those brides that wish to put vibrant florals on full display should opt for a shorter tier.
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