After you have found the perfect dress you will begin thinking about all the pieces that will accompany that gorgeous gown. Earrings, bracelets and bouquets are all wonderful additions, but the accessory that will make the biggest statement is your veil. Meghan Markle reminded us all of our love for veils and they are definitely going to be a trend for this coming season of weddings.
The veil is actually the oldest part of the wedding day look. It dates to ancient times where brides would “wrap” themselves from head to toe to represent a modest and untouched maiden. Some traditions also state that veils were thought to hide the bride from evil spirits. Most of all, we just love the classic tradition of a veil, and the pictures… veil pictures might just be some of the best wedding photos around.
So…what kind of veil is right for you and your dress? Contrary to popular belief, there are TONS of options when it comes to veils. Most brides immediately think of the length of a veil when it comes to picking the perfect accessory but there is more to choosing a veil than just the length. Today we wanted to share the varieties of veils with you so you know all the options you have before you make your decision. Keep in mind that it is important to at least try a veil! Promise us that you will try one at your dress fitting- even if you think a veil is not for you, you might just surprise yourself!
Single tier wedding veils– These are what most people imagine when asked to picture a veil. Single tier means that the veil flows from it’s attachment point (normally a comb) down the back. There is no blusher, section of veil in front of the face.
Two tier wedding veils– means the veil includes a ‘blusher’ which can be pulled forward over the face. This is raised during the ceremony for the first kiss or at the exact moment you are married and is then swept back over the head to form a second layer at the back of the veil
Drop veils– this is a two tier veil with no gather. They are often held in place with a headband or hair pins.
Mantilla veils– This is a single tier veil with no gather. They are sometimes described as Spanish veils.
Juliet veils– A ‘cap’ of material holds the veil in place. This is a traditional vintage look, dating from 16th century England. It is believed the design dates to actors performing Juliet in the original performances of Shakespeares ‘Romeo & Juliet’
Bandeau veils. These are a more vintage feel and attached either side of the head.
Birdcage veils. These are attached at the top of the head (similar to the way a birdcage hangs).
Veils also come in a variety of lengths so make sure to choose the length that suits your gown and your personality best!
- Cathedral (up to 120 inches)
- Royal (over 120 inches)