The bridal veil is slowly fading in popularity, but many brides are still choosing to adorn their hair with this lovely tradition. Also, different types of veils- rather than the lengthy cathedral- are becoming the more popular choice. Here's a little veil 101.
Short Veil: Lightweight and comfortable, the shorter veil is a fun option that often adds a vintage touch to any gown. These vary in length from the popular birdcage or visor veil that simply sweeps across part of the face, to a shoulder length veil. They work well with dresses that have bust, waist, or lower back detailing that you don’t want to be covered. However, they can sometimes be too informal for traditional, classic wedding gowns.
Elbow-length Veil: Easy to wear at about 25 inches long, elbow-length veils are designed to complement just about any gown style, specifically romantic ball gown styles, because they end where the fullness of the skirts begins. These veils offer a modern twist on a timeless tradition.
Waist Length Veil: this veil is just slightly longer then an elbow length veil at approximately 30 inches. They suit most dress styles that do not feature a train.
Fingertip Veil: This glamorous style is the most popular veil length. It extends to the fingertips to create an elongated silhouette. It is usually shaped like a teardrop or cape. The sheer effect coordinates easily with most gowns, from simple to elaborate.
Floor Length Veil: Often referred to as a ballet length veil, they just brush the floor at around 72 inches. They are well suited to full length gowns that do not have a train.
Chapel/Cathedral Length Veil: The most dramatic and popular veil, the Cathedral length cascades to the floor in true fairytale fashion. This style creates an elongated silhouette and complements all bridal gown styles, from an elaborate ball gown to a modern sheath. Chapel length is slightly shorter than Cathedral, measuring about 90 inches rather than the 120 inches of a Cathedral- some cathedral veils can extend up to nine feet along the ground! These veils are the most formal, but more and more are being paired with chic, sheath dresses for a modern take on this formality.
Blusher Veil: To add a hint of formality to a longer veil, a lightweight tulle blusher is traditionally worn over the bride's face during the ceremony. It is customary for the groom or the father of the bride to flip it back behind her head, revealing the bride's face. The blusher is typically removed for the reception.
Tips drawn from David's Bridal and Wedding-Veil.com. Stay tuned for The Bridal Veil 102- tips on how to choose a veil based on your face shape, body shape, and hairstyle!