Wedding veils are the quintessential bridal accessories. Whether a wedding is formal or casual, a veil is likely part of the bride’s attire. Even the most non-traditional bride wears something special in her hair on the big day. Finding the right veil is essential, but the wide selection of options makes the process confusing. If you want to find the perfect veil for your wedding day, consider the following:
For many women the length of the veil is the most important factor. Veils are available in several lengths. The shortest is the birdcage veil, which spray from the hair attachment and barely covers the face. The longest option is cathedral, which stretches several feet behind the bride, sometimes longer than the train of the bridal gown. Lengths in between birdcage and cathedral include shoulder and elbow length, fingertip, knee or ballet length, and chapel or floor length. Each of these categories also features a variety of different styles, including flyaway, beaded, and embellished. The style of the gown, venue, and overall wedding all play a role in choosing the length of the veil.
Wedding veils are available in a few different fabrics, but most are made of some type of tulle or mesh. Patterned tulle is a popular feature and is available with varying sized polka dots or delicate vines or flowers. Veils might also be trimmed with a satin border, which adds interest and gives the veil a bit of weight. Fabric trimmed veils are typically shoulder length or longer. Birdcage veils are made of a wider mesh fabric because they are intended to cover a portion of the eyes without obstructing vision.
Many veils have adornments attached to the fabric or at the fastener. This adds interest to the veil and is often intended to coordinate with the bridal gown. Wedding veils with crystals are a popular option, especially for brides wearing gowns or other accessories featuring crystals. Crystal wedding veils are an excellent way to add something special to an otherwise simple bridal ensemble. Brides interested in flashy or intricate attire, but lacking the budget to have a dress with these features, can choose a crystal wedding veil to add sparkle.
Wedding veils are typically white or off-white, but come in a variety of shades for both colors. It is important to view potential veils against your gown to ensure the shades of white complement each other. Even the slightest difference can cause your gown or your veil to look dingy or dirty.
The attachment or fastener of a veil is another important feature. Simple veils attach to the bride’s hair with a small plastic comb. Others have elaborate attachments that can remain in the hair once the full veil is removed. Wedding veils with elaborate attachments affect the bride’s hairstyle, so if you have a style in mind, speak with your stylist before choosing your veil.
Wedding veils with blushers feature a movable sheet of tulle fabric that is placed over the face during the ceremony. Choosing a veil with a blusher is purely based on personal taste. If you prefer the look of a blusher, but you are also choosing from wedding veils with crystals or other embellishments, be sure the blusher layer is plain.