Different Types of Wedding Veils – Part One

First published on www.hitched.ie 13 Dec 2013 by visionary Veils designer Rebekah McCann-Williams

So you have your wedding dress and you are considering a wedding veil but where do you start?

Which style should you choose and what will suit your wedding dress? Here are some helpful hints from Visionary Veils to help you start the decision process!

Which veil should you choose?

With an increase in art deco inspired beading panels, highly embellished panels and open back detail, the sheer oval wedding veil is the perfect design and shape. The veil has no gathering in the fabric so the gown detail will not be obscured by the width or volume of the veil. The oval veil can be worn flat on the head as a mantilla or further back over a bun or chignon. Firm silk tulle or nylon tulle will create the sheerest finish although the soft silk tulle is very delicate and drapes beautifully.  The length of the veil can be should not be shorter than your hips and can extend to your desired length.

Mary, August 2013, photo courtesy of Sean Gannon

When beginning a veil consultation I will often ask our clients a few simple questions to get the process started:

Would like to wear your wedding veil over your face?

This answer has an immediate impact on the style of veil. 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 worn over the face to see how you feel with when your face is covered.

The Front Blusher

The front blusher, which is the section worn over the face can be created as part of the oval veil shape with the edging around the outer edges of the veil.

Lisa, August 2011, photo courtesy of Rebecca Roundhill

We can also create the blusher as a separate blusher section sewn unto the one layer veil length.

Nanzine, August 2012, photo courtesy of bride

What does this style offer?

You can have the front blusher without an edging and it can also be made detachable. Some of our clients have detached the blusher layer from the longer veil length and worn the blusher for the rest of the day. A great way to keep your wedding veil on all day!

Nanzine, August 2012, photo courtesy of bride

You may decide that you might like to have a front blusher section and never wear the veil over the face but simply have the two layers to add volume to the veil.

This can be helpful if wearing a slim fit dress – adding the extra layer to a veil that ends at the waist area creates curves and shape, which can enhance a boyish figure.

One Layer Wedding Veils

If you do not want to wear the wedding veil over your face then you can consider a one layer centre gathered wedding veil or side wedding cap veil.

Should I choose a Long or Short Wedding Veil?

A long wedding veil will elongate your silhouette and can be worn by both petite and tall brides. The cathedral veil of 300cm can be too long for many clients so always consider your own frame and height when selecting the length.

At Visionary Veils all our wedding veils are made to measure so we can tailor the length to the individual client. A bride of petite height may only need to wear a Chapel length of 250cm to create the same effect as the traditional Cathedral length.

Short Wedding Veils

Short wedding veils can look great with a number of wedding dress style. The fun-loving short one layer bubble veil or a retro shoulder length veil both compliment the 1950s-1960s style tea length wedding gowns.

Ciara, May 2012, photo courtesy of Helen Sloan

An In-Between Length

At Visionary Veils the fingertip wedding veil of 70 inches is one of our most popular veils with the front blusher worn over the face. It is the perfect length; not too short and not too long. The finished length of the veil will drape into the line of your wedding gown and finish around the hip area.

Catherine, July 2012, photo courtesy of Zaretti Photography

Next week we’ll continue exploring the different kinds of wedding veil, looking at volume, fabrics and detailing!


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