Wedding Veils – Which style to choose?
Many brides still wear a veil, but more and more do so for aesthetic reasons, rather than for fear of one of the oldest wedding superstitions. “According to ancient Greek and Roman traditions, a bride wears a veil to ward off evil spirits that intend on doing her harm,” The veil is meant to hide the bride’s face from witches and demons. In other words, if the evil spirits could not see her, they could not curse her. “It was also considered a symbol of modesty,”
So, you have chosen your dream wedding dress, now you need the veil to match, do you go short long or somewhere in between?
Here are just a few of the more common style veils to choose from.
Blusher Length Veil – A short, thin piece of fabric that covers the bride’s face and stops at the shoulders. The veil should be flipped back just before the first kiss.
Elbow Length Veil – A veil that falls between the shoulders and the elbows. When worn high on top of the head, it looks retro and mod, à la 1960s style.
Fingertip Length Veil – A mid-length veil that falls around the lower part of a bride’s waist (at her fingertips when her arms are by her side).
Ballet Length Veil – A veil that falls around the back of the bride’s knees.
Chapel Length Veil – A veil that drapes all the way to the floor and spreads out just a few inches behind the bride’s dress.
Cathedral Length Veil – One of the longest veil styles available, often extending far behind the bride and requiring assistance to spread out and straighten.
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.
Juliet Cap Veil – A veil that is wrapped around the top of the head or forehead, creating a cap-like appearance.
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) and should drape over the shoulders.
Dupatta – A long veil traditionally worn by Indian women to cover the head and/or shoulders. This style is usually adorned with delicate beading and embroidery and is made in bright colours.
With so many styles to choose from, you can be sure you will look just like a princess on your wedding day.