Our last post focused on the origins of some wedding traditions of today including attire. Today we will elaborate more on the different styles of Bridal veils.
First and foremost let’s cover some history of the wedding veil. It is believed that in the pre-Christian world the Bride wore a veil to ward of enchantment that could be brought on to her by evil spirits, so the Bride would be veiled so that they could not see her. During Christian times things change. The veil became a religious symbol to indicate the Bride’s virginity and purity. The Veil was lifted by the Groom at the end of the ceremony followed by a kiss as a symbol of consummating the marriage. After the 19th century the veil also began to be raised by the father of the Bride in symbolism that he was giving his daughter away to the man that was now going to be taken care of her.
Fast-forward to the present day where the Veil is a beautiful fashion accessory that elevates a Brides overall look and belongs in a category along with embellished Hair Fasteners and fancy hats. The type of veil is dependent on the type of wedding dress you will be wearing, the formality of your wedding and the shape of your face. There is no rule that says you must wear a veil, but if your do, here are the different styles to try on.
Blusher: The Blusher Veil is usually worn in addition to a longer veil or on its own. The blusher veil is perfect for adding a touch of tradition to a non-traditional wedding with a whole lot of personality. Whether it’s a tulle blusher, birdcage style or a modern net style, it is perfect to wear with an unconventional style wedding dress or a very sophisticated modern gown.
Short Veils: Short veils are above your elbow, like the flyaway veil. These Veils are typically one layer and perfect for Tea-length or Sheath gowns. They are fun and are a great highlight if you are a bit eccentric.
Medium Veils: The elbow-length, waist-length and fingertip-length veils are the most popular styles these days and tend to look amazing with mermaid style, sheath and trumpet style dresses. Medium Veils can be one layer, two layered & sometimes even have the option of a third longer layer that can be detached after the ceremony.
Long Veils: The longer the veil the richer the Bride was what was once the norm. Today, it adds to the formality and elegance of the Wedding Gown. Long veils consist of the Knee Length, Ballerina or Floor-length; the Chapel Length and the Cathedral Length. These veils all add to the romanticism of the wedding and go with most styles of dresses.
Bouffant: Not as popular now as they were in the 50’s, but these Poufy raised veils are still stylish and perfect for the Couture Bride. Think Sarah Jessica-Parker in the Sex and the City Movie.
Mantilla: The Mantilla is a Spanish inspired veil that covers the head and shoulders. It is very popular in Roman Catholic Weddings and typically edged in lace. The Mantilla’s come in various lengths and work well with traditional wedding gowns.
Overall, it is important that you love your look and that your veil matches your gown’s style. Which Veil do you think is the right one for you?