Everything you've wanted to know about a veil - and were afraid to ask

So, you’ve finally found your wedding dress! The fit and the fabric are perfect.

Now it is time to create your overall ‘wedding day’ look. Over The next few
weeks we will be releasing a series of blog posts to help you tackle the
confusion and pitfalls of bridal accessories.

Accessorizing is one area many of our brides feel anxious

about. Do I wear a veil? What type of necklace fits my neckline? Don’t worry. You
do not have to decide on your accessories as early as you do your wedding
dress. In fact, Veils and Jewellery normally on take two or three weeks to
arrive in store so you have plenty of time to muse over your options.

Today we will spend a little bit of time explaining the
difference between a 54” veil and a fingertip veil.

There are so many different options when it comes to deciding
on your veil. Firstly, do you want a veil? Many people find this first question
the most daunting. Veils go in and out of fashion and many traditional brides find
that a veil is a must have accessory on their wedding day. (After all where
else can you wear a veil?!).

The terms explained
There are usually two different ways to describe the length
of veils. By either using measurements or by using more traditional phrases
such as ‘Chapel’. All the measurements I have listed below are based on a 2
Tier veil (I will come back to tiers later).

Birdcage – A birdcage veil is usually a wide ‘Russian’ or ‘French’
Net veil worn from the crown of your hair over your face. A birdcage veil is
usually worn as an alternative to a traditional veil and is particularly suited
to a wedding dress with a 50’s or 6o’s style wedding dress.

Shoulder Length – This veil is usually shorter than 45
inches to sit at the top of your shoulders. A shoulder length veil lends well
to a bride looking for a more modern styling to her wedding outfit.

Elbow (54 Inches) - You guessed it; this veil sits roughly
at the length of your elbow. This veil is usually used for a softer less
intrusive veil.

Finger Tip (72 inches) - This is probably our most popular
length veil. This veil sits to your fingertips or hip. This veil is very
popular for dresses that have a lace up back or an illusion back as it sits
lower than the details and doesn’t cover them up.

Chapel (126 inches) - This veil gives is long enough to
cover a small train on your wedding gown. This is highly popular for brides that
have small trains. Chapel trains usually have lots of sparkles or lace edgings.

Cathedral (144 inches) – This veil is long enough to cover a
longer train on your wedding gown and again is usually covered in a heavy lace
edge or lots of sparkles.

There are a few other terms you may come across while
searching for veils:

Tiers - This refers to how many layers of tulle are in the
veil. The more layers the fuller your veil will be. Our most popular veils are all ‘2 Tiered’ but
brides also opt for a one tiered veil for a more simplistic modern style.

Mantilla – a traditional Spanish inspired lace veil that is
worn from the top of the head to drape around the face. This commonly worn
without a headdress.

Waterfall – A softer romantic shaped veil that cascades down
the back and around the shoulders. This is made up of 2 or more tiers and
usually has a shorter top layer.

Top Tips for finding the correct veil

1. Buy your veil AFTER you have found your wedding
dress. The colour and shape of the veil is dependent on your dress. I can’t
mention how many times brides have bought a veil in advance only to discover it
is too white or too long.

2. If know how you are wearing your hair on your
wedding day visit us with your hair already in place. Many of my brides either
loosely style their hair or time their appointments straight after a hair trial
to give themselves a fuller picture in front of the mirror.

3. I always advise veils to sit at least 5 inches
longer than your train to stop any details clashing.

4. Use the colour chart for each manufacturer to
choose the correct colour of your veil. Your dress may be ivory but you may
need an ‘Antique White’ veil to match.

The next few weeks we will be explaining in more detail
Hoops, Underwear advice, Headdresses, Jewellery and Belts.

Is there anything else confusing you while wedding dress
shopping? Comment below with your questions and we will explain it to you.

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