That is, of course, one of the many questions brides consider as they plan their wedding ensembles. Veils exude tradition and glamour, but can also provide a fun, playful look for weddings of all styles. Today’s brides who choose to don a veil have a multitude of options at their disposal. In today’s blog, we want to offer a brief overview of veil terminology and some of the features and advantages to each length and style.
Birdcage veils are short, often structured veils that end just below the eyes. Their short, netted style often makes for a flirty, vintage look. Birdcage veils work with almost all dresses, but they especially make great complements to tea-length dresses and Gatsbyesque gowns that might be overwhelmed with longer veil lengths.
Elbow and Fingertip Length
Elbow and fingertip length veils have both gained in popularity in recent years. Kate Middleton opted for fingertip length when it came to choosing her gorgeous, lace trimmed veil was fingertip length. Because elbow and fingertip length veils drape so beautifully over arms and shoulders, they make a great choice for brides who want some extra coverage or a romantic complement to their dress’s neckline.
Ballet or waltz-length veils get their name from the fact that they are short enough to make dancing a breeze. Typically, ballet veils fall between the knee and ankle, which means they offer an elegance and volume comparable to a floor length veil, but end just high enough that brides won’t have to worry about them touching the ground.
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Chapel, or floor length veils provide a beautiful, traditional option for veil-loving brides. They are second only to cathedral-length veils in terms of formality.
Cathedral length veils are the longest veils, which can vary from trailing a few inches on the floor to producing a lengthy train. Because of their elegant draping and length, cathedral veils are considered the most formal veil option.
Other Veil Terms
The blusher is the part of a veil that conceal the face as the bride walks down the aisle. Considering that their original purpose was to conceal the bride until the groom could assess her as an object of interest, it’s probably a good thing that blushers are now an option rather than a requirement. Despite their somewhat unappealing history, today’s relatively sheer blushers can be an interesting aesthetic choice.
Mantillas are a type of lace-trimmed veil that drapes over the top of the head and circles the face. Mantillas originated in Spain and are a beautiful traditional option.
Regardless of length, brides can often choose to add tiers to their veil for additional volume and variety. Two or three-tiered veils are a common way to add some extra oomph to an understated gown.
Between the vast array of lengths and styles, brides who want a veil should have no problem finding something to match their dress and style. Flirty or glamorous, veils not only offer a way of cementing one’s wedding style, they also make for beautiful texture and movement. Veils can also be a great way to incorporate your “Something Old” or your “Something Borrowed.” In fact, many of our brides have worn heirloom veils passed down from family or friends. In short, veils are a fascinating wedding tradition with many options for modern twists, and a great finishing touch to one’s wedding ensemble.