Whether you're totally against looking like the "normal" bride or completely wrapped up in a classic fairy-tale look, we've got a veil style for you! Today we want to help you navigate the veil style guide!
**Before we get started, we'd like to interject a little wisdom: this is the one day in all your life you get to wear a veil and no one will look at you strange. So, even if you HATE them, try to think about how future you might feel looking back. The biggest thing we hear from brides in the "regrets" department is not have a veil or not going for the dramatic look.**
First, it's important to note that there are no rules, only guidelines. Your bridal style is just that- yours. As your consultant, we will offer suggestions based on a number of variables. Some of these include: the style of dress you have fallen for, the amount of detail in the gown, your personal "vibe", and your venue. That being said, it's your veil! Do what you like!
Now to the business. Here are some basic definitions and guidelines that may help you in your search!
Birdcage: Birdcage veils are usually (almost always) made from net and secured toward the front of your head. They are usually "blocked" for your face and fall just below the nose for a retro feel. There are multiple "right" ways to wear a birdcage veil, so let your consultant help you play! They usually incorporate flowers or feathers (often times both) and look great with a 1950's hairstyle- low chignons. long waves, or short pixie cuts!
Fascinator: An offset of the birdcage veil, a fascinator also usually is made of net and falls to just below the nose, but instead of being secured with a comb and pins they are secured by a "hat" of some kind! For the very retro bride who loves to have fun!
Shoulder Length: Just what it says! Short and sassy! Great for the bride who doesn't want to miss out on the opportunity to wear a veil, but feels too formal when trying them on! Shoulder length veils offer a great mix of fun and formal!
Elbow Length: A bit longer than the shoulder length, the elbow veil is a touch more formal and look great when paired with gowns showcasing intricate necklines (illusion, collared, and heavily beaded). These veils help to accentuate the neckline while adding a bit of flare. Be careful, tough! The veil needs to be very simple so that it does not distract from the gown!
Fingertip Length: A veil coming to the fingertips! Fingertip veils are a wonderful choice for most brides. They offer formality without making a bride feel weighted down and often work well to "set off" a gown! This veil is great for the bride who isn't sure about "this whole veil thing." ;)
Chapel Length: Coming just to the edge you the average train, the chapel length veil is a great way to add a delicate touch to most any gown. Choose a veil the does not hide any of the gowns detailing, or add a lace trim to the edge to "finish" the edge of a simple gown. This length looks best with your hair down, but can be incorporated into any style!
Cathedral Length: The longest veil length option. This veil is for the formal bride. Dress up a simple gown, or finish the look of a dramatic ballgown! You will never think back to your wedding day and wish you'd done more!
Mantilla: The mantilla veil is a Spanish-style veil edged in heavy lace. It is made to be worn on the top of the head and is usually chapel length or longer. This look is great for those brides who want to make a statement and also love the formality of a veil!
Blusher: The blusher is a shoulder length, usually raw edge, veil that drapes over the bride's face as she walks down the aisle. Though the blusher is not for everyone, we usually recommend the bride consults her fiance to find out if he would like the honor of lifting her veil! This look is great for the traditional bride.
The most important thing to remember when picking a veil is to stay true to your vision! This accessory can be as fun, formal, or unique as you!
As always, happy shopping!