The veil and its relevance in the wedding ceremony gets its origins from various sources like ancient Greece and long forgotten superstitions of disguising the bride from evil spirits. And while many brides don’t know it’s history it is one tradition that doesn’t seem to fade with time. The veil often is the component that makes the bride see herself as a bride and often is the piece that makes the whole thing suddenly seem real. We here at the Brides House get many questions about where it should be worn and what length is appropriate. Here is some information that we hope helps you pick the veil that is perfect for you.
Length – From fingertip to cathedral length and everything in between. There is no right or wrong answer as to how long or short a veil should be. Don’t’ see the length you want in the store, just tell us what you want and we can custom order any length at all. Things you might want to take into consideration are:
Location: Where are you getting married? If you’re outside you might now want a long veil. If you are in a church, you might want to consider a more formal look like a cathedral length veil.
Gown style: Taking into consideration the design of the back of the gown and making sure the veil isn’t taking away from it is very important. If the veil stops mid back it might very well cover the detailing that made you fall in love with the gown to begin with.
Placement – Where do I wear my veil? Again, that is completely up to you. Some women like to wear it on the crown of their heads, some higher, some like to have their hair up and put it under the bun or up do. There is no right or wrong answer. Hair style is the key determining factor here. The only other thing that can affect placement is if you decided to add a blusher to your veil or not.
Blushers and layers – There are single layered veil and double layered veils. Often both pieces will have some type of trim on them (lace or beads or pearls). These veils are meant to be worn with both layers cascading down the back. If it has trim on it, it isn’t intended to be a blusher. Most women choose not to have the blusher on their veil and don’t have their father raise it as a he is giving her away anymore. However, if you would like to follow that tradition a blusher can be added to your veil with no problem. This should not have any trim or decoration on it, it should be a raw or turned edge so as not to take away from your face or your gown.
Colors – As we move away from the traditional white wedding gown and play with colors in wedding gowns so to the veils are changing. If you have chosen as Champagne gown or a gown with a colored trim in it don’t be afraid to incorporate that color into your veil as well. The veil netting and trim edges now come in a variety of colors. Please just be sure to give enough time to order as each of these are made custom to your liking.
Other options – If you don’t like a traditional veil don’t worry, there are plenty of options out there for you. You can a bird cage veil (one that goes only over part of your face), a head piece or hair clip, a crown or use fresh or silk flowers as hair accents. The options are limited only by your imagination. Be sure to ask us, we are happy to work with you to find alternative ideas to make your wedding your own.
Want to see what we have available for wedding gowns or veils? Just come on by and see us, or, for an even better shopping experience, book our private bridal suite for your next visit.
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