Wedding veils are as necessary to a wedding as the Statue of Liberty is for NYC. One just isn’t thought of without the other. Even if a bride has the most simplistic of weddings the veil is present. Veils add a dramatic touch to any wedding dress and they act to highlight and frame the bride’s silhouette as she walks down the aisle.
The first decision that needs to be made regarding your wedding veil is the length. Certain lengths complement particular styles of dresses better. Flyaway is the shortest, usually not more than the length of the shoulder. Elbow-length is just that, not longer than the length of the elbow. This is your most common length of veil and it works well with nearly all dress styles. Fingertip length is again as the name implies. Waltz is a style that falls between the knees and the ankle, and is a great style if your first dance is a formal ballroom dance because it moves gracefully with you. Chapel is a length that has a train up to three feet behind the hem of your gown. Cathedral length is the classic Princess Diana style, and works best in a venue that has a long entrance for the bride’s walk. Do remember to have at least one attendant whose sole purpose is veil management to assist you in turning and making sure the veil drapes beautifully for your photos. All veils can have a blusher attached, which is a second veil that can be either attached or not to your main veil. The blusher is the part of the veil that covers a bride’s face as she walks down the aisle and is then draped back either after her father gives her away or just before the first kiss.
Once veil length is decided, then the bride needs to decide how much trimming she wishes her veil to have. Most commonly crystals, pearls or rhinestones are scattered generously over the veiling tulle to give an enhancement to the sheerness of the tulle. An edging can also be applied to give the wedding veil’s edge weight to hold it in place. Crystal flowers, beaded trimmings or even a simple ribbon edge all add to the elegance.
Designing wedding veils is a specialized niche in the bridal industry, and especially in NYC there are many boutiques and shops dedicated to this most personal of choices. Your wedding veils are as individualized as your dress and should be afforded the same kind of care and thought in their selection as your dress was given.