Monday, July 20, 2009

Wedding Veil.. Do or not to do?

What’s the single most recognizable bridal accessory? It’s not the shoes, it’s not the jewelry, it’s not even the dress…it’s the veil...

The veil first made its appearance in ancient times when brides would wear it to ward off evil spirits. Since then, it has been used to symbolize purity and innocence, to mask the identity of the bride to her future husband and more recently, it’s taken its place in the bridal world as a fashion accessory.

Shopping for a veil usually comes after the gown has been purchased. Although today our options for veils are many, the type of veil you choose will ultimately depend on your gown’s style. Here’s a little veil 101 to help get things started:

Birdcage Veil
More common for older brides, the birdcage veil extends to just over the chin. It tends to be made of Russian veiling (a wide-open weave of netting). This type of veil tends to go very well with cocktail dresses or dinner suits often worn at civil ceremonies.

Blusher Veil
This is the short veil worn over the bride’s face. It usually falls just below the collarbone and above the bust. The blusher veil tends to measure between 24 to 26 inches from the top of the headpiece to the hem of the veil. When measuring for the veil the hairstyle of the bride should be taken into consideration. The blusher veil was designed to demonstrate a bride’s innocence and modesty, so it continues to be a popular choice for most first-time brides. However, even second and third-time brides choose to wear a blusher veil. Because it hides the face, it adds to the drama of the ceremony. Traditionally it was held that the groom would lift the blusher veil to kiss the bride at the end of the ceremony. However, today many fathers choose to lift the blusher veil to kiss their daughters prior to “giving them away” to be married at the altar.

Elbow-Length Veil
Just as it sounds, this veil extends down to the elbow. It can be single or multi-layered. With the multi-layers they are cut to the same length or 1 to 2 inches apart with two to three layers.

Chapel Length Veil

The chapel length veil is best worn with a gown that has a chapel length train. This veil extends 6 to 12 inches beyond the train of the gown. Since this veil make it difficult to move around easily, it is best removed before the reception

Mantilla -

Spanish style veil that is very flowy, it can be short or long. This has elaborate lace designs and is usually very elaborate looking. This style works very well with A-line dresses, sheaths, and ball gown style dresses. If you choose this type of veil, you will want to select a very simple style dress so your dress design and veil design do not clash.

When i first started to plan one thing i knew for sure was that i didn't want a veil i couldn't imagine one of those things over my face.... then i fell in love with the idea of the bird cage veil with a flower in my hair..But after trying on my dress and seeing how important having a veil on was to my mother, i asked the sales person to try on a couple of different styles and the winner is a Two tier mantilla style veil .....(IVORY) I absolutely love it... (Thanks Mom) The lace along the sides match the lace in my dress. (Maybe soon i will post a pic of mines, have to be careful, Mr. G visits the site some times....(lol)


  1. Wow, I'm very picky when it comes to veils but the one you picked is very beautiful!

  2. Yay for the mantilla! I'm wearing one as well.