Choosing your bridal veil
The wedding day veil is a custom rich in history and tradition, harking back to Medieval times.
In days of yore, the Anglo Saxons draped both bride and groom with a length of fabric during the ceremony, while later, the bride alone received the protection of this ‘care cloth,’ designed to keep harmful spirits at bay.
The head cover next evolved into a canopy and finally the traditional veil, which continues to deliver Olde World elegance to the contemporary bride.
For today’s bride, tradition and personal preference inform the choice of whether to wear a blusher veil over the face.
Bridal veils can be a variety of lengths, exquisitely ornamented, detailed with laces and light catching crystals, or shine with the simplicity imparted by a simple cut edge veil. Veil length should enhance, not compete, with a gown’s style.
Whether nylon or pure silk, a tulle veil is a classic choice that drapes the bride in timeless splendor. English silk tulle is soft, fluid and drapes closer to the body than nylon tulle. Silk tulle can develop an eyelash edge and soften in time with wear & tear. This can be a desirable character of silk tulle to many.
Traditional nylon bridal tulle has a more crisp character with body than silk tulle and is popular for its affordability.
A sheer cast of color, the shade of tulle veiling should be chosen to compliment your gown. You may order swatches of the nylon and English silk tulle from the link below.
A light shade with pale cream tones
A soft tint that compliments both natural white silk and synthetic fabrics. Sometimes called Diamond White or Silk White.
A bright hue, similar to bleached paper
Style & Lengths of Bridal Veils
Choosing the perfect length, color and style of veil to complete your wedding day ensemble can be challenging, and I am happy to answer questions and discuss custom colors, lengths and embellishments.
Birdcage veils are widely held as a perfect bit of retro mystery for a vintage inspired & casual wedding. Cage veils can be worn off to the side above the lips or as a full coverage blusher veil. A cage veil that is gathered onto a comb, can be turned around to the back of the head as a sweet mini veil after the ceremony.
Usually a long, Spanish style circular veil of lace edged tulle that frames the face, the mantilla veil is usually secured with a comb at the crown of the head.
Your headpiece & bridal veil
Many brides are confused about mixing a veil with a headpiece and can feel overwhelmed with too many accessories. While sometimes it is best to keep things simple, wearing one or the other, it may also be a vision of beauty to wear a flower crown or metal tiara with a simple circle blusher veil.
The Juliet cap veil is a timeless classic that was originally in Vogue during the 1920s & 1930s. They can be made of plain tulle or trimmed with silk flowers & trims.
Simple cut edge veil lengths that fall somewhere between the waist to 12″ or so past a cathedral length dress train with no embellishments.
This veil is gathered at the crown of the head to create a cascading effect around the face. The waterfall veil will usually have a blusher to add to the fullness.
Shown here is our exquisite Voile de Mariee silk Mantilla veil