"The Veil of Time ~ Over the Sea to Skye"
Ok ok so this post isn't exactly about a handsome Scot who falls in love with a British woman from the future (sorry for the spoiler if you're not an Outlander fan) but let's be honest here, the music from that show is AMAZING. We are, however, going to talk about Veils; Bridal Veils that is.
You may be thinking "why the heck would I want to read about bridal veils?" and to be honest probably because you're either bored or, like me, beyond excited about your wedding! This week's post has some helpful tips when choosing the correct veil for your special day, because believe it or not, it's just as important as your dress!
So without further ado, grab some mead, put on some Bear McCreary and enjoy these helpful Bridal Veil tips!
1) First off, you need to think of the style/theme of your wedding before you can choose the veil for you. It is more old fashioned or traditional, modern, era themed? What is the look you are going for when you walk down that aisle? This important, not only so you look stunning, but so you feel like a bride not a prom date. Here are a couple of examples:
Birdcage Veil - A short veil that can cover just the bride’s forehead or all the way down to her chin, usually made out of Russian netting that works best with a vintage bridal look.
Juliet Cap Veil - A veil that is wrapped around the top of the head or forehead, creating a cap-like appearance that works best with a vintage theme, especially an Art Deco or Great Gatsby style.
Mantilla Veil - A single-layer veil trimmed with lace around the edge. It's traditionally worn flat on top of the head (about two inches back from the hairline) that works best with a down or low hairstyles for brides who want a more elegant look.
Drop or Halo Veil - Either a circle cut or oval cut veil that has a comb sewn in it to make a blusher layer or is kept on the head with a headpiece. This veil is one continuous piece rather than two completely separate layers covering the whole head that works for more of a elegant, sophisticated look.
Draped Veil - A veil that fixes to the sides of the brides head with hair combs or attaches to a bridal crown and drapes down, revealing the back that works best for a bohemian or vintage look.
Classic Veil - A U shaped veil that has been gathered onto a comb or headpiece. This is the most common veil style and will go with almost any look.
2) Once you've decided on your style, you can begin to decide the length of veil that will work the best for you, your look and your photos!
First up, do you want the veil to cover your face as you walk down the aisle? This is considered a more traditional veil, tracing its roots back to Rome, where a bride used to walk down the aisle with a veil over her face in order to disguise herself from any evil spirits who wanted to thwart her happiness (among some other not so happy traditions but we won't talk about those.) If this is the case, you'll want to make sure the front of the veil isn't too long, so your hubby to be doesn't struggle getting it over your head to kiss you thus messing up your hair and makeup (and making him look a little silly.) We recommend a Birdcage or at the longest, a Flyaway veil. This also means you'll need what is called a Tiered Veil, where there is fabric that flips over to the front, and fabric that remains in the back. That being said, over the face veils will limit your hair styling, so keep that in mind when choosing your bridal hairdo.
Otherwise, if an over the face veil isn't exactly your cup o' tea, then you'll simply need to decide which length is going to match your style, dress, the kinds of photos you want.
The Dress. If you have extreme detail on the back of your dress that you want to flaunt, you have two options:
A shorter veil, no longer than a Flyaway, that accents the dress OR a much longer veil with little to no embellishments, Fingertip or longer, so it shows through.
Or visa versa. If your dress is more sleek and simple with little to no detail, you can use your veil to add a little flare, short or long.
Wedding Photos. Do you want the long flowy veil photos where it looks like a breeze is wafting your veil behind you but your hair is flawless? You're definitely going to want a Fingertip length veil or longer to create those magical images rather than a shorter veil looking like it's about to fly off of your head.
3) Once you've chosen your style and length, you'll need to choose the color of your veil and whether you want details. This might seem silly but it is just as important as choosing your wedding colors and the color of your linens ( but that will be a different blog post.)
If your dress is white, you'll want to stick with white. Anything darker than your dress will end up looking "dirty" and will detract from the details of both.
If your dress is ivory, you can choose either ivory or white, but we recommend matching your dress if you can to avoid any "dirty" looking color clashes.
If your dress is a little different in color or has other colored accents, such as blush, this gives you a little more room to pick whatever color you want; blush, ivory or white, without the risk of clashing.
*Any easy rule of thumb is when in doubt, choose a lighter shade than your dress.
The details of your veil are ultimately up to you. As mentioned you don't want to over do it with details if you are wanting to flaunt the details of the dress. These embellishments can be anything from lace trimmings, beading to the texture of the fabric.
We recommend dresses with lace and/or beading should be paired with a simpler, softer textured veil so as not to overpower the details of the dress.
And for dresses that are more modern with little to no detail, they can be paired with either one. Keep the clean, sleek vibe going with a soft, simple looking veil or put all of the detail into the veil to add some flair to your ensemble.
In the end, this is your wedding and you're the one who has to wear it, so make sure it is what YOU want and will be comfortable in. More and more brides are actually opting out of wearing a veil and that is ok too.
We hope these tips will help you decide your Bridal look and determine which veil (or no veil) is for you!
As always, thanks for reading!
Until next time! (Watch Outlander for Pete's sake.)