For a lot of brides, a beautiful wedding veil is one of their must-haves. There’s something really specially about wedding veils and it’s no surprise that they’re one of the most popular bridal accessories. Now that there are more styles and designs than ever before, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about wedding veils and we’ve invited our brilliant friends from Britten Weddings to share their best wedding veil advice with you along with a little look at wedding veil tradition.
Way back, in the mists of time, brides wore wedding veils, not because they loved the look but because of what the veil symbolised, namely modesty and purity. Now however, things have moved on and brides wear wedding veils for a whole host of reasons. Some love the tradition and the link with the past (particularly if you have an heirloom veil to wear) and some just love the look a veil gives. Whatever your reason for wearing a veil, you can be sure that there’s one out there that will suit your look perfectly.
Wedding veil advice
Firstly, let’s find out more about veil lengths and our friends at Britten Weddings have all the info that you need:
“There are lots of types of wedding veils from single and two tier veils (with a ‘blusher’ that can be pulled forward over your face) through to drop veils, and popular Juliet veils. This veil is a ‘cap’ of material that holds the veil in place and is a traditional vintage look, dating from 16th century England.”
“Bandeau veils and birdcage veils give a real vintage feel or you could opt for a cape veil which, as the name suggests, isn’t really a veil at all but a cape! These can be tulle or lace or a combination of the two and are a great alternative to a traditional option.”
“The most important consideration however is the length of veil. There are a huge range of lengths, ranging from short all the way through to chapel and cathedral length veils. A very popular length is the fingertip veil as these offer an excellent mid-way point between short and long veils and tend to work well with most styles of dresses.”
“The names of the veils imply the setting they’re expected to be used in but don’t feel that you have to stick to this. If you want to make a dramatic entrance in a small chapel, then go for it and order a cathedral length veil but if you wouldn’t feel comfortable in a long veil, ignore the names and order what you like.”
“Cathedral length veils are 300cm long and then our church (also called chapel veils on occasion) are 250cm long. Floor length veils are 200cm and our ballet length is 150cm to fall about mid-calf. Fingertip veils, as the name implies, should fall around your fingertips when your arms are at your side and these are 122cm. Elbow length veils are 72cm.”
Once you’ve chosen the length, you need to look at all the other options that are available to you – what colour, width and edging would you like and would you like any decoration such a sparkles, personalised embroidery or silk flowers added to you veil? One of the most important considerations is the material of the veil:
“We offer a range of tulle varieties from traditional tulle, with a little body and volume through to silk style tulle and pure soft silk tulle, which drapes and handles beautifully. It’s important to consider your dress too as silk style and pure silk tulle veils do have the tendency to catch on embellished dresses.”
Wedding veils on your wedding day
Thinking ahead is also important to the big day is also super important. Who will lift it during your ceremony if you’re wearing a veil with a blusher and when do you take it off? Don’t worry, Britten Weddings have the answers.
“If you decide to wear a blusher veil at your wedding, there are several options as to who can lift your veil. In most cases, it would be your father or significant person that walked you down the aisle but as veils can be tricky, your maid of honour might have a better idea how to do it quickly and efficiently without pulling the veil out altogether! Some brides lift their own veil but if you decide to do this, it might be handy to pass your bouquet to a bridesmaid so that it doesn’t get caught in the tulle.”
“As for when you should take it off, we always tell our brides that a veil is something you will never wear on any other day so you should make the most of wearing one! One suggestion would be that if you’ve chosen to wear a longer veil to take it off just before you sit down to your wedding breakfast so that you don’t sit on it or pull it out!”
If you’re wondering what wedding traditions you’re going to include in your big day, don’t decide before you take a look at this feature where we ask do you really need to follow these wedding traditions?