Veil or No Veil?

Some might think that veils are out of style, very "old school", but when you think about it, when will you ever get to wear a veil again? If you haven't tried on any veils yet, definitely do because you might be pleasantly surprised.  No matter what your style, whether it is romantic, edgy or simple, there is a veil out there made for you.  If you like sparkles, do you prefer simple bugle beads or embroidered flowers? Two tiered or single? Cathedral length or birdcage? Veils are making a comeback in all different styles. I'm sure you all watched the royal wedding, and if you haven't, you definitely saw pictures at some point.  The veil length that
Veil Lengths

Veil Lengths

Katherine wore is considered Cathedral Length, the longest veil option.  Cathedral length can create a traditional feel or a romantic detail that matches the length of your train.  If your train is shorter and a Cathedral length is too long, your next option is Chapel Length which is about 10-15 inches shorter.  It still creates the long feel, but might match your gown better by just slightly brushing the floor. Your next step up is the Waltz Length.  This length can be perfect for trumpet and mermaid style gowns because the end of the veil "hits" where your gown might flare out.  The Fingertip Length is very similar as (depending on that designs "arm length") it could reach the flare as well.  The shorter versions include Elbow Length which on some gowns will reach the end of a bodice on a ballgown or the bottom of a corset in the back of other styles.  The shortest of all veil length is the Shoulder Length.  This is a fun length because it really creates a different look.  You can turn your simple feel into a couture look with an application of such a short veil.  Those that want something toootally different love birdcage veils.  Those are the tiny ones that only cover your face a little and look like netting.  Options galore! Try them all on and see which one fits your gown.  You might be pleasantly surprised. Ok, now that you picked what length you like, you get to accessorize your accessory! Veils come with all kinds of beading, lace and cuts.  If you like sparkle, veils can come with the usual beading, or you can UPgrade with Swarovski Crystals. And don't be scared, that kind of Bling Bling does not come at an unimaginable price.  Beading opens up many options on how sparkly you want to get and what designs can be created with those beads. Other options include lace edging that can sometimes come with beading as well.  Different cuts can also add detail, like scalloped edging. More simple details include ribbon edging that can range from a 1/8 inch to 1 inch in width.  Color? Yea.. that too.  Diamond White veils pretty much match every gown, but if you really want to be specific, its as easy as asking if the veil you picked comes in other color options to match your white, diamond white, ivory, candlelight, alabaster, silver, gold, phew.. any colored gown.  I know it seems like a lot, but hang in there! If you prefer a more traditional look, you can purchase a veil with a blusher (the part of the veil that covers your face), or purchase a removable blusher.  At The Bustle, whenever I have a bride come in, I play with different veils with each dress she tries on, so the process is much easier than it seems. Scouts Honor!
Head Pieces

Head Pieces

You have found your veil and it perfectly flows down the aisle with you and looks gorgeous during the ceremony.  It even makes your pictures look stunning.  But after the ceremony is over, most of the time brides do not wear their veils at their reception.  If you are not a veil person, it really is only for an hour or two that you get to wear it.  Naked head feeling? Accessorize! You can either add accessories after your ceremony or wear them during so when the veil comes off you still have something fun! Options include tiaras, handmade organza flowers with all kinds of details, fresh flowers or crystal headpieces. OK, there you have it! Your Veil 101. Believe me ladies, your grooms are simple minded when it comes to weddings (no offense guys).  When they think Wedding or Bride .. that equals = white dress and a veil to pull over for your first kiss! Don't disappoint ladies ;)
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