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A bride’s best accessory….a gorgeous veil of course!

A veil, any length, is what transforms you into a bride! I accompany my brides when they try on wedding gowns and I must say that when they put on the gowns they feel like a beautiful WOMAN but once the veil is added THAT is when they feel like a beautiful BRIDE. That is the moment you realize, you are getting married!

Veils come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Many brides don’t even realize just how many options there are! It is best to choose a veil that will coordinate with your dress and your venue! So I wanted to reVEIL all that is out there:

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The Birdcage Veil: I know you remember when you first saw this HUGE trend (Hint: The picture above is from a certain SOUTHERN movie). You got it, Sweet Home Alabama. Reese Witherspoon’s character Melanie Smooter wore it in the hit movie and since then the birdcage has been a bride’s favorite! Celebrities like Katherine Heigl have opted for this trend, it is worn over the head and usually asymmetrical on the side of the face. It looks fabulous when paired with a feather, rhinestone or flower hair piece.

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Shoulder Length Veil: These veils are more to the casual side and work well if you don’t want to be pulled down by the heavier material used in the longer varieties. Shoulder length, also known as Fly Away Veils, are usually fuller and have some kind of special detailing.

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Elbow Length Veil: True to its name, the longest layer of the veil should hit where your elbow is when they are relaxed. This veil is common for a Ballgown or A-Line dress because of where it falls, it allows for the detail of these two gowns to be shown. It is especially gorgeous when accompanied with a gown with intricate work on the back or train of a gown.

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Fingertip Length Veil: The fingertip length veil is the most popular! It pairs well with any style of dress and is the perfect combination of comfort and style. It should fall just below your bottom and the longest layer should fall where the dress flares out. This gown showcases a Fit and Flare, Trumpet, Drop Waist, and Mermaid gown exquisitely!


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Semi-Waltz Length Veil: This veil looks gorgeous with a low starting Mermaid, a Dropped Waist, Trumpet or A-line gown. It gives you a little extra drama (and who doesn’t love that!)

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Waltz Length Veil: The more formal sister to the fingertip length veil the waltz length veil. It gives you the extra drama with having to go with a chapel or cathedral length veil. You will see this veil for a formal beach ceremony.


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Chapel Length Veil: Chapel length veils usually fall to the end of a short trained gown or just grace the floor. It can give a simpler gown the extra WOW factor that it might need.

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Cathedral Length Veil: You all know me, I love the drama effect, so obviously this is my favorite veil length, however, this is the second most popular length for brides. Brides love the bold drama it adds to the gown. Everyone wants to be a princess on their big day and the cathedral length veil gives you the Princess Diana feeling!


Don’t forget to consider whether you want a blusher or not.The blusher

There are many stories of the origin of a bride’s veil.  Some say that the veil was introduced in ancient Rome. People of that era believed that evil spirits would be attracted to the bride, so they covered her face with a veil in order to conceal her features and confuse them. The definition of veil is to “obscure, shroud, mask or cover, so perhaps that is how the bridal “veil” got its name.

It’s also said the in medieval times, the veil was used to protect her from “the evil eye” and was a symbol of purity, chastity, and modesty.

Others say the the origin of the bridal veil was due to the circumstances of an arranged marriage.  In days past, men bargained with an eligible young lady’s father for their hand in marriage. AFTER the ceremony, the veil was lifted to reveal the brides features.  This was to keep a groom from backing out of the deal if he didn’t like what he saw.

Which veil will fit your wedding & you best? Blusher… No Blusher? Don’t you just love all the decisions? Welcome to weddng planning 101!

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