If you’ve ever watched Say Yes To The Dress, you know that the bride often doesn’t feel bridal until Randy “jacks her up” with the appropriate veil. Although the term could use a little tweaking, the sentiment is true. The veil, in my opinion, is the frosting on the cake, rendering the bridal look incomplete without it! With so many different dress styles available, it can be a little overwhelming when choosing the right veil. The term you need to keep in mind when shopping for a veil is balance. The veil should not only balance the shape of your face, it also needs to balance with the style of your dress. A full, stiffer veil will round out a narrow face, while a soft, fluid veil will help soften sharp facial features. Going with a big, voluminous hairstyle? Try a simple, fluid veil that rests on the back of your head so it doesn’t compete with your hair’s statement.
Here are some of the more popular veil options!
1. Birdcage: Vintage-inspired that works with almost any dress style but best complements a tailored, form-fitting style.
2. Blusher: Traditional 2-layer veil with a short tier that covers your face before the ceremony.
3. Fingertip: Falls just to your fingertips and can include a blusher element.
4. Mantilla: Traditional Spanish veil that is pinned to the crown of your head to showcase the lace-edged details
5. Chapel or Sweep: Just shorter than a Cathedral Veil at about 90″, this is one of the more dramatic veil options. Works best with a shorter train, extending just beyond the edge of the train.
Just as you balance your veil with your facial features and hairstyle, also consider how to balance the length and style of the veil with your dress. Does your dress have a long train? Go with either a short veil that doesn’t touch the floor or one that extends beyond the train. Anything in the middle may create a choppy silhouette without definition.
The origin of wedding veils range from protecting the bride from evil forces in Greek and Roman times, preventing grooms from changing their mind when they saw the bride for the first time in early European arranged marriages, and even to support modesty in the Jewish tradition. Nowadays, it’s an optional element that is worn for reasons beyond necessity — modesty, ties to family tradition, protection from evil, or simply for the sake of fashion. Whatever your reason, take your time finding the right veil for your big day and remember… balance!
Have a great Derby Weekend!