All About Veils!

Aside from the wedding ring, the veil is arguably the most symbolic accessory that a bride can wear during her wedding. Wearing a veil is a custom that exists in almost all cultures around the world and is also a symbol with many social and religious implications. Choosing a veil can dramatically transform the dress and the energy and look that a bride is hoping to achieve on her wedding day. There are many considerations that a bride should make when deciding on a veil. These include:

  • The formality and location of the ceremony
  • The bride’s features and facial structure
  • The bride’s height
  • The style of the gown and length of the train
  • The bride’s hairstyle or headpiece
  • The dimensions of the aisle
  • The projected weather or potential for the influence of wind

Now, the bride should consider what overall shape she wants for the veil. There are four possibilities, gathered, pouf, cage, or dropped. Gathered veils can be designed in any amount of fullness. The more gathers, the more volume and the more opaque the veil will look. However, too dense of a veil can photograph very poorly. Pouf veils are better for petite brides or brides with smaller features because the gathered veil can overwhelm them. On the other hand, gathered veils work well to off set heavier or fuller silhouetted brides. Pouf veils are ideal for blushers and can be worn with the blusher separate or attached. Cage veils are shorter and slightly gathered. They are very whimsical and are great for brides that need to cover their faces for religious purposes but don’t wish to wear long veils. These veils are simple in design and are also a great consideration for brides that wish to change from their longer ceremony veil into something shorter for the reception. Dropped veils are flat pieces of tulle that are literally placed on a bride’s head and then secured with hairpins or a comb. These can have great volume without the height and emphasize the bride’s