Veils are totally in if you are having a traditional white wedding. They come in all sorts of shades and lengths. If you are on the fence and having a semi-traditional and semi-modern wedding, a veil can be a beautiful accent or a noisy distraction. Before you set out trying on the perfect veil to complement your treasured gown, I encourage you to read a little bit about the history of the wedding veil. You might just be surprised.
Click here to read a little bit about the history of wedding veils.
Now, you are ready to hit the boutiques to find that elegant veil. Here is a list of terms from TheKnot.com to help you narrow down what you are looking for:
A short, single layer of veiling, the blusher is worn over the face before the ceremony, then either flipped over the head or removed thereafter.
A formal veil that extends to the floor, the chapel falls two-and-a-half yards from the headpiece. It’s often worn in combination with a sweep train and blusher for extra oomph.
The mother of all veils, the cathedral is also the most formal. Sometimes referred to as the "royal veil," this style falls three-and-a-half yards from the headpiece.
A veil of two layers (either two veils or a veil and a blusher), usually of different lengths.
As the name implies, this type of veiling extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows.
A very popular length, particularly with ball gowns, this style extends to — you guessed it — the fingertips.
A multi-layered veil that just brushes the shoulders. Considered less formal than other styles.
This veil is gathered at the crown of the head to create a cascading effect around the face. Usually of shoulder- or elbow-length.
A long, Spanish-style circular piece of lace that frames the face. Made either of lace or lace-edged tulle, the mantilla is usually secured with a comb.
A gathered piece of tulle or netting that fastens to a comb or headpiece to create height for the veil.
Waltz (also known as Ballet)
A veil length that falls somewhere between the knee and the ankle.
To learn more about wedding veils, visit TheKnot.com.