Fit for royalty or anyone looking to make a statement on their wedding day, the cathedral veil is the perfect headpiece. The longest veil option, the cathedral veil leaves a train trailing behind the bride, making it perfect for a church setting or anywhere there is a long aisle. It’s also lighter in weight than the train of an actual dress, so it’s perfect for a bride that wants drama without feeling pulled down by heavy fabric. Just note that if you choose a cathedral veil with embellishments such as beading or detailed embroidery, that will add to the weight of the veil. Still, whichever style of cathedral veil you choose, it makes for stunning and very memorable photos.
CATHEDRAL VEILS ARE TIMELESS
Daphne Newman, Founder and Creative Director of Daphne Newman Design, explains why cathedral veils stand the test of time, “Gown trends come and go, but if you look back in history a cathedral veil is timeless and classic. You may not want to wear your mother or grandmother’s gown, but a cathedral veil is something you could easily make your own and incorporate into your look.”
THEY WORK WITH MANY GOWNS
Not solely dedicated to a regal ballgown, on the contrary, a cathedral veil can work with many silhouettes, as Newman explains, “We pair long veils with everything from ball gowns to slip dresses. It gives the bride her ‘bridal moment’ and can add some drama to a simple look, or perfectly finish a dramatic one. A cathedral veil also photographs beautifully and doesn’t create any additional lines on the body allowing all the gorgeous details of the gown to be seen. We just love the silhouette of a bride walking with a long veil– it’s breathtaking!” We couldn’t agree more.
Wedding Guys Wisdom: share your veil choice with your hairstylist so he or she can create a hairstyle that works with this dramatic veil. For example, the stylist should bring extra pins for a cathedral veil and discuss placement as you might want a cathedral veil placed higher up on your head than other types of veils.
All photography by Leila Scarfiotti, courtesy of Daphne Newman
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