OUR GUIDE TO BRIDAL VEILS
It is in that moment that you put a veil on that you will truly feel like a bride, it is the metaphoric cherry on the top. But there are so many different types and lengths of veils how do you choose. Here we break down all the different types of veils to help you choose the perfect one.
A Birdcage Veil evokes a vintage glamour look, usually made from tulle netting and sits over or across the face to the chin.
A Flyaway Veil is a short veil of multiple layers that brushes your shoulders.
The length of a Fingertip Veil literally finishes where your fingers sit when at your sides.
A Mantilla Veil is usually a full length veil (but can be shorter) with a lace trimmed edge.
A Juliet Veil is a cap style veil which sits atop the head before cascading down and can be adorn with lace or embellishments.
A Ballet or Waltz Veil is where the veil falls at the ankles.
A Chapel Veil will drape subtle on the floor and is around 220cm in length from the comb and is a popular choice.
Cathedral Veils are the most formal and dramatic of veils, around 3m in length, (but can be longer, remember Princess Diana), this length usually extend past the train of the gown creating a lovely line.
A Blusher is the part of a veil that is worn over the face, and is turned back once the bride has walked down the aisle, or can sit at the back of the head if the bride does not wish to wear the blusher over the face of her two tier veil.
One or Two Tiers - one tier is a single or layer, at any length, whereas two tiers means you have a blusher tier to sit over your face and a second tier, attached to the same comb usually of a longer length and will trail down your back. When the blusher tier is turned back it will sit on top of the longer tier and create a ‘waterfall’ effect down your back.
Colour - it is important to choose a veil colour that matches the colour of your gown, you don’t want a crisp white veil against your off-white or ivory gown. Ask for a fabric swatch from your gown designer or bridal store so you can match the colour of your veil to it.
Placement - there are a number of different placements for your veil. If you are wearing your hair up you can either place the comb of the veil directly in front of your undo or at the base of your undo. When you wear your hair out place the comb at the top of your head. If you are having a hair trial before your wedding and you are planning on wear a veil or head piece, you should make sure you take these with you, so that you can get the most accurate representation of your hair for your wedding.
Blunt Edge - this is the finish of a veil with the tulle is cut blunt. Because of the construction of the tulle it won’t fray when cut. This is popular style because of it’s soft finish, it will almost blends into your gown.
Rolled Edge - this finish of a veil is when the blunt cut tulle is finished with an overlocker creating a finish on the edge of the tulle. This will give more definition to the edge of the veil.