Veils for Every Bride...

by Jenny Bryde 7. March 2010 07:13

First off folks, my apologies for the absence in posts last week. I've gotten over a nasty bout of flu, and I'll be catching up to speed this week, don't you worry!

Question:  What do brides most often wear on their heads?  Um..a veil?  Survey says...CORRECT!

Question:  Name one variety of veil.  Um.....hmm....I know this long one?  ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR (That was the sound of the buzzer and the Family Feud Bridal Version bouncers escorting me off stage.)

There are so many types of veils out there!  Where to start?  What will look good with my dress?  What will look good with my hair?  Oh me oh my...

Today we are featuring some handy dandy definitions and pictures that can serve as a guide for us when we go veil shopping...I've listed them below with an example picture in order from shortest to longest:

Birdcage veils generally feature a small piece of tulle or netting that covers part or the whole face.  

Pouf: A gathered piece of tulle or netting that fastens to a headband, comb or headpiece to create height for the veil.

Flyaway: A multi-layered veil that just brushes the shoulders; less formal than other veil styles. A good choice for brides wishing to emphasize the back details of their gown. Appropriate for an ankle length gown. May be up to 18" in length.

Blusher: A short, single layer of veiling worn over the face before the ceremony and lifted back over the head at some point during the ceremony.

Elbow: The elbow length veil is most appropriate in an informal setting. May be used in combination with longer layers to create the blusher or face veil. May be up to 25" in length.

Fountain: A veil gathered at the crown of the head and cascading over the shoulders to form a "fountain" shape. Usually shoulder or elbow length.

Fingertip: A long veil that reaches the fingertips when arms are relaxed. The fingertip veil may be up to 45" in length.

Ballet or Waltz veils feature a length that falls somewhere between the knee and the ankle.

Mantilla: Traditionally, the mantilla is a circular piece of tulle or lace with lace edges draped over a comb. An alternative to more traditional and formal veils, the mantilla is appropriate for formal and semi-formal weddings. May be any length in between elbow and ballet.

Chapel: A formal veil that extends to the floor and may be up to 108" long. Appropriate to wear with a formal gown with a chapel or sweep train. May have multiple layers or a blusher veil.

Cathedral: The cathedral train is the most formal veil style and may also be referred to as a "royal veil." May have multiple layers or a blusher veil. Most appropriately worn with a cathedral train in a very formal setting.

What veil style is your favorite?  How did you decide that it was the one for you?  Did it match your dress?  Did you love it so much that you made your dress to match your veil?  Tell us all about it on the message board!


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Hi!  Welcome to the blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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