Finalist of Bridal Accessory Designer of the Year 2018

Finalist of Bridal Accessory Designer of the Year 2018

Visionary Veils are delighted to become a Wedding Journal  Reader Award Finalist  Bridal Accessory Designer of the year 2018! Thank you to everyone who showed their support and voted for our company. It was a great night and a great honour to have our work on your beautiful wedding veils recognised. Each veil is lovely hand cut and hand sewn here in our Belfast Studio. For the full listing of winners and finalists from this years awards 

The Ultimate Bridal Guide to Veil Shopping

Visionary Veils shares some helpful tips on getting the perfect veil for you

Rachel, August 2011, NI photographed by Bradley Quinn

So you have your wedding dress and you’re considering a veil but you don’t know where to start or which style you should choose based on your wedding dress? We’ve got you covered!

Visionary Veils share their expert advice and helpful hints to help you start the decision process and answer all your veil related questions. Before you start searching for your perfect veil, it is important to consider your vision for your big day and how you imagine your bridal look to be. First of all it’s important to ask:

Would you like to wear your wedding veil over your face?

This answer has an immediate impact on the style of veil you should go for. If the answer is yes, the veil is worn over the face until the bride reaches the top of the aisle. It is always helpful to try on a wedding veil with a blusher (the section that can be worn over the face or that forms part of the oval shape of the veil), to see how you feel when your face is covered. Rebekah at Visionary Veils says “You can have a front blusher with or without an edging and it can also be made detachable. Some of our clients have detached the blusher layer from the longer veil and worn the blusher for the rest of the day. A great way to keep a veil on all day!” To read the full article click here

Vote for Us, Ireland’s Wedding Journal Reader Awards, 2018

Our Big News – Nomination, Wedding Accessory Designer of the Year 2018 in Ireland’s Wedding Journal Reader Awards 2018.

To all our beautiful brides past and present and to all who know our work, we need your support.

So this week I have been slightly under ground finishing our largest veil commission of the year. I have resurfaced to discover we are nominated in the Wedding Accessory Designer of the Year 2018 in Irelands Wedding Journal Reader Awards.

It is tremendously exciting and we would love your vote. You can only vote once for one provider in each category and we are up against very talented competition. If you know our work at Visionary Veils then please give us your vote. Votes close on Friday 25th May. Your vote will help to progress Visionary Veils from nomination to finalist.

Next year we will celebrate our 10 year in business. Each veil, bolero or headpiece is hand cut and handsewn with love. In that time we have handmade pieces for over 800 clients. Help us celebrate our business by voting by using this link.

Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 19th May 2018.

The sun shone on Windsor today and on the beautiful bride and groom Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. What an amazing day for this wonderful couple as they begin their married life together. The whole world waited with baited breathe to see the wedding dress and what a stunning pure white , boat neck gown it was. Designed by British designer, Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy.

The veil

Visionary Veils we were bursting with excitement to see if Meghan would wear a wedding veil and we were overjoyed to see that she did. And what a Veil!  Ms Markle wore a five metre-long white firm silk veil. Her firm silk veil was a different composition to the soft silk wedding veil of the Duchess of Cambridge. The design was an oval drop veil, created in a wide width veil. It was worn over the Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara loaned to Meghan by the Queen. Her oval veil covered her face and the edging design included floral detail representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The bride suggested the design because the Commonwealth will be a central part of her and Prince Harry’s official work after they are married.

The designer spent significant time researching the flora of each country and much care was taken to ensure that every flower was unique.Ms Markle also chose her two other favourite flowers – Wintersweet found in Kensington Palace and the California poppy, from where she was born – to be adorned on the veil.

The material

Dressmakers spent hundreds of hours – including regularly washing their hands every 30 minutes – to make the long veil, which is hand-embroidered in silk threads and organza. We would love to know just how may hours the veil took to create. Our longest veil creation at Visionary Veils for our real bride Mairead, took 90 hours and the length was 3.65 metres.

Mairead, June 2017, Northern Ireland


Visionary Veils, Your wedding Veil, Your Way.
In our purpose built studio, we create wedding veils which are hand cut, hand sewn and made to measure. It is Rebekah’s  aim to offer a friendly and informative experience where we create together a unique wedding veil that complements both our client’s personality and wedding dress.

Over the last number of years Visionary Veils has created many veils in both firm and soft silk tulle. The oval drop veil has always been popular with our clients. It is best worn with a Tiara or Headpiece that lifts the front blusher section of the oval veil off the face. It will be interesting to see if Meghan’s choice of a pure white wedding dress will become an influential colour trend over the 2019 wedding season. White is a wonderful choice and really works well with dark hair. The oval veil can be worn cut edge or with an elaborate edging design.

Visionary Veils Oval Real Bride Designs

Maren, Ivory Oval Drop Veil, Firm Ivory Silk, UK.

Carolina , White Oval Drop Veil, Visionary Veils

Eleanor, May 2013, UK, Ivory Soft silk, Oval Drop Veil.

Claire, UK, 2014. Ivory Soft Silk Oval Drop Veil.

Avril, 2010, Ireland, White Silk, Oval Drop Veil.

Sarah, August 2012, Ivory Firm Silk, Oval Drop Veil , UK


The Royal Wedding 2018

The Royal Wedding 2018

Visionary Veils are so excited to see what the beautiful Meghan Markle will wear for her wedding ensemble tomorrow. Will she wear a veil and if so what will it be like…… Long, short, silk, lace…..Our designer Rebekah has enjoyed looking back over the recent royal weddings.

All eyes will turn tomorrow to the Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the beautiful St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. At Visionary Veils we looked back at the recent wedding trends of the weddings of Zara, Autumn and Kate. It was  Kate Middleton who influenced bridal trends in both wedding dresses and veils. An oval drop veil created in silk and lace soared in popularity. What will Meghan wear at tomorrow’s wedding ….. We just can’t wait to see! But most of all we wish Meghan and Prince Harry a life of happiness as they begin their journey as Man and Wife.
Visionary Veils, Your wedding Veil, Your Way.
In our purpose built studio we invite our Brides to make an appointment. Here we save you time by guiding you through your veil options. Each piece created is hand cut, hand sewn and made to measure. It is my aim to offer a friendly and informative experience where we create together a unique wedding veil that complements both our client’s personality and wedding dress.

What our Clients Say about our Service

“The Bespoke one on one service was brilliant and the options were endless in my view which is a real benefit considering the different types of cuts, finishes and styles of dresses available. I thought the service and attention to detail that Rebekah paid was second to none” Catriona, Married in 2017

“Having my veil custom made meant that it would match my dress perfectly and I felt more emotionally invested in it because we designed it together. Rebekah’s appointments were my favourite. Her studio is so bright and spacious and I never felt like she was in a rush” Deirdre, Married in May 2018.

Comments from a recent Survey Monkey Poll, May 2018 of Previous Clients.


Each appointment lasts 1.5 hours which gives us plenty of time to work together. In our relaxed atmosphere our clients try on our range of sample veils and explore shapes, styles and fabrics. We will also look at possible detail and embellishments to be added to the veil.  Following the appointment a quotation is provided.

Rebekah creates wedding veils for clients all over the world.  If you are living in the UK or further afield,  Rebekah will provide a personal service to you via phone, email and Skype.  Fabric samples will also be posted.

From the simple to the elaborate we will create the veil of your dreams. Contact Rebekah to organise an appointment and start the journey to the veil of your dreams.

Visionary Veils Veil Real Bride Designs worthy of any Royal Princess 


Visionary Veils Sample Sale

Visionary Veils

The Visionary Veils sample sale has arrived! We have a number of wedding veils that were created for our show room and for our bridal boutique stockists, now available for purchase. Just click on the image below to view the Visionary Veils Sample Sale PDF.

All of our veils samples are in great condition.

If you would like to purchase a veil then call or email to place an order and we will send an invoice including the delivery costs. You can also make an appointment to come and view the samples. Just add sample sale to the subject of your email. Enjoy x

Visionary Veils, favourite Real Bride pictures from 2014

Visionary Veils, Favourite Real Bride pictures from 2014

We love receiving photographs from our clients and here are a few of our favourite arty shoots! You can share all our real brides photos on

Rebekah, Northern Ireland 2014

Rebekah, Northern Ireland 2014

Michelle, Limerick, 2014

Michelle, Limerick, 2014

Grainne, Northern Ireland, 2014

Grainne, Northern Ireland, 2014

Emma, Northern Ireland, 2014

Emma, Northern Ireland, 2014

Claire, UK, 2014

Claire, UK, 2014

Rosalind, Northern Ireland, 2014

Rosalind, Northern Ireland, 2014

Silk Tulle Wedding Veils with Visionary Veils,2014


Jun // 13


Following on from the stunning engagement shoot just featured, this Erich McVey wedding of Adele & David’s took place in Hawkes Bay. The images are pure perfection, and Adele’s Rue de Seine gown is beautiful. Thanks so much to Majka Kaiser for the write up!

When Adele and David locked eyes across the church pews, this devoutly religious couple immediately knew they wanted to get to know each other better. Both serious about finding a lifelong partner with marriage the ultimate goal, the Auckland-based Korean couple sought spiritual guidance to ensure they not only had the chemistry, but shared life goals and views to last the distance. Following a six month courtship, with their confidence in their mutual philosophies on religion and a shared future solidified, the pair wasted no time in getting married. So eager were they to tie the knot, they decided on an intimate registry affair and spent the next year planning the wedding of their dreams. “We were in love. We knew that we were right for each other and didn’t want to waste another moment apart.


As an event planner, Adele had a clear vision of what she wanted and how to bring all her ideas together. “I started by creating idea boards for each element of my wedding, e.g., the wedding table, the cake, reception décor, hair, make-up, flowers, and dress, etc. Then from these idea boards I contacted vendors and visited different locations. I love organising events but it was so much more fun organising my own! I have a keen eye for detail and aspire to perfection. My make-up artist said she’d finally met someone who makes her obsessive compulsive-like attention to detail look normal!” Adele laughs, but agrees that this focus on perfection is a helpful trait when it comes to planning events.


The tiniest details, from the typography on the invitations – which were designed by Adele and realised by a graphic designer – to the handcrafted clay ornaments, which served as place settings for their guests, added the deeply personal touch that ultimately makes each wedding as unique as the couple themselves. All of Adele’s meticulous planning and attention to these finer details were expertly captured by Erich McVey. A huge admirer of his work, who subsequently forged an instant affection for him and his “adorable wife”, Adele knew he was just the photographer to capture her “soft and dreamy” fairy tale wedding aesthetic.

When all is said and done though, it is the people at the centre of this special celebration of two families coming together, who are the ones to make a lasting imprint on the memory. “Holding David’s hands at the altar… my voice trembling, reading our vows, only David understanding my whispered words, seemed to make it even more special. In that moment there was just him and I.


The enormity of the occasion only really sunk in when my sister sang our wedding song during the reception. It felt so surreal at the time, but only then was I able to really breathe and take it all in. Many of our guests cried happy tears … and other people in the restaurant all stopped and started clapping. It was magic! That, and the time spent with our guests – some who flew many hours – to celebrate with us, is what I will remember and cherish most from our special day.

Photography ERICH MCVEY / Cake NIC & NIC CAKES / Florals LUSHKA / Stationery ADELE PARK EVENTS / Venue BLACK BARN / Bride’s Gown RUE DE SEINE / Bracelet KIEL JAMES PATRICK / Hair ABBY SCHOFIELD / Make-up SUZANNE HARDY MAKEUP / Stylist & Planner ADELE PARK EVENTS / Veil VISIONARY VEILS / Engagement Dress VISI / Film ProcessingPHOTOVISION

Quirky Weddings, Alternative Wedding Fair,2nd February 2014

Quirky Weddings, Alternative Wedding  Fair

Quirky Weddings, Alternative Wedding Fair, Waterfront Hall, 2nd February 2014,12 – 5 p.m.


Visionary Veil are delighted to be exhibiting this Sunday at the Quirky Wedding Fair. The Venue is the Waterfront Hall Belfast, 12 – 5 p.m. and the entrance price is £6.00.

So what do real brides say about the Quirky Wedding Experience? We asked one of our

competition winner ‘s, Dawn, for her thoughts on why Quirky Weddings, Alternative Wedding Fair is so special.

Black Silk Tulle Veil, Dawn 1

Dawn loved The Quirky Wedding Fair which is a really refreshing wedding fair based in Northern Ireland. Visionary Veils exhibit at The Quirky Wedding Fairs and we know that Quirky Weddings want every bride and groom to have the wedding they want no matter what their personal taste might be.
 ” I would like to say thanks to The Quirky Wedding Fair as our wedding was really the way we wanted it! if there is a fair worth visiting then that’s the one.  At Quirky Wedding you are not just  sheep in the cattle market,  that can be the wedding business,  but a Bride looking to stamp her own identity” Dawn
Quirky Wedding FairOur Veils at The Quirky Wedding Fair , February 2013
Sky Cap Wedding Veil

Sky Cap Wedding Veil

Lily Pink Silk Headband Wedding Veil

We hope to see you all there 🙂



Advice for Planning your wedding without a Hitch, Visionary Veils, Northern Ireland

Advice for Planning your wedding without a Hitch, Visionary Veils, Northern Ireland

Rebekah was delighted to contributed to the latest wedding planning advice on, 1st January 2014.

Planning a wedding can leave you with lots of questions. We’ve rounded up some industry experts to answer several wedding planning FAQs to make sure you have the best advice available on hand as you plan your special day.

Wedding FAQs

Disaster has struck! My venue/supplier has double booked us and pulled out. What can we do?

Whenever you hand over your hard-earned money to a supplier or venue, make sure there’s a contract and that you get and keep a receipt. Always read the small print, and be very wary of those who don’t offer a contract.

If someone pulls out, it’s important to replace them with as little stress as possible. As a wedding planner, I have a ‘little black book’ of contacts that I can fall back on to help. If you don’t have a wedding planner, get your bridal party hunting for a replacement pronto.

Judy Mullins

If a venue has double booked, use it to your advantage. If you have to rearrange your date, tell them nicely but firmly you expect a reduction in price for the inconvenience!

— Judy Mullins – wedding planner
I Do Weddings

My/my fiancé’s parents are taking over the wedding planning! How can we regain control?

It will be hard, but you must express your concerns. It will really help to make things crystal clear if you and your fiancé can take time to chat about your dreams and what you both want from your wedding day — not what others want!

After chatting with your partner you will be stronger as a unit and in a greater position to meet with the parents. You will need to speak with them about your vision and what you both really envisage, have an honest chat as sometimes these issues can arise when communication has broken down, resulting in assumptions of what you want.

Olivia Buckley

I believe once they understand both your wishes, they will be more conscious to your wedding aspirations — after all, your wedding day is an expression of your love for each other and it is so important that both your personalities are allowed shine throughout the day.

— Olivia Buckley – wedding and events planner
Olivia Buckley Weddings and Events

Do I need wedding insurance? Why?

Your wedding day is likely to be one of the most important and special days of your life. When you consider the amount of money, time and stress you put into arranging your wedding it would be crazy not to protect it against unforeseen circumstances that could potentially ruin your big day.

Wedding insurance policies can be relatively inexpensive and will give you the peace of mind you will need leading up to your wedding day. You should consider what the policy will cover. Like any insurance policy you can decide what you want to insure. Most wedding insurance plans will cover a range of circumstances from weather, to something happening to your dress, injury, illness, or if your venue goes out of business leading up to your wedding. All policies have exclusions and cover limits, so check your policy carefully.

Wedding insurance also covers you for unforeseen circumstances on the day. If one of your wedding suppliers is unwell and cannot turn up, or the venue gets flooded — which has happened a few times over the last few years — you will get cover against cancellation and rearrangement of your wedding.

Monica Blain

Most insurance companies won’t be able to provide you with a new venue, but they will give you compensation so you can rearrange your venue and suppliers and cover you for work already done in the lead up to the wedding. They also provide cover for deposits that may have been paid to wedding suppliers.

— Monica Blain – wedding planner
The Wedding Consultant

What if we don’t want the traditional wedding? How can we make our day more ‘us’?

A wedding is a hugely personal experience made all the more special when a couple really think about what it means to them. Instead of leaving all of the traditions out of your wedding day, why not give them your own personal twist?

Perhaps, flowers aren’t your thing and you would prefer to carry a ‘bouquet’ of something else down the aisle that represents what you want for the future. The cutting of the cake is another big tradition at weddings. The necessity of having one significant gourmet delight to share with your guests has become less important over time. Think of what else you can both do as your first official task together as a married couple…

A top table is another staple tradition at weddings. Instead of the traditional long top table why not consider a variation of shapes that would work within the room, or indeed have your ‘top table’ positioned in the centre of the room. Some couples chose to have a top table of just the two of them placed significantly within the room.

Bláithín O’ Reilly Murphy

The easiest way to personalise your wedding is to really think about who you are as a couple and to remove or change the aspects of a wedding day that don’t fit with that. Think about what makes you ‘you’ and work that into your wedding day.

— Bláithín O’ Reilly Murphy – wedding planner
The Wedding Expert

How can I make sure everyone is happy with my hen party?

Forward planning is the golden rule to ensuring your hen weekend is a roaring success! Appoint a bridesmaid or friend that has good organisational skills and not afraid to take the lead! Ensure associated costs and chosen hen weekend activities, location, nightlife etc. is suited to the mass and not just one or two within the hen group.

If you have family members of a much older generation it may be best to have two separate parties; planning one night to suit lots of different people is a lot harder than organising two nights to suit two groups of likeminded people.

The location of your hen party will ultimately depend on everyone’s budget and availability. It is important to remember that a hen party is a celebration. Do what you feel suits yourself and your fellow hens best.

Jonathan Gallagher

There has never been a better time to have a hen party in Ireland! With the wealth of hen weekend locations, luxury hotels, destination spas, varied nightlife and top class activities to suit everyone.

— Jonathan Gallagher
co-founder –

Can I break tradition and wear something more unique on my wedding day?

The most important thing to remember when choosing your wedding wear is that you want to feel comfortable. As a bride you should never feel you must choose a certain style just because it is what you think you should wear!

On your wedding day you want to feel at your best and confident and that should be representative of your taste and personality. At Visionary Veils we have had a number of clients who have worn coloured wedding dresses or incorporated colour into their wedding wear. I would advise that you keep an open mind when visiting bridal stores and designers.

If you are considering something a little different then perhaps think of your favourite outfit and ask yourself what it is about the outfit that you love. Is it the style, the colour, or the way the shape and cut makes you feel or is it that the outfit is totally individual and speaks of your true personality? Remember this when you begin looking at wedding attire.

Rebekah McCann-Williams

If you want something really unique then there are many great Irish designers who will be happy to bring your vision to a reality just because you don’t see what you imagined in the shop does not mean it cannot be done!

— Rebekah McCann-Williams
owner/designer – Visionary Veils