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Wedding Veils Explained!

Now you’ve decided to have a veil there is the small question of how to style both your hair and your veil. If you’re thinking, where the heck do I start?! I hope to help with some of your unanswered questions!

You might be unsure as to where to start with the style of veil, because there are many options out there, some you may not have even heard of before! Deciding on your veil usually comes down to both your individual style and that of your wedding.

Below are some examples of the different types of veil:

  • Single Tier Veil: This type of veil falls from the comb and flows down the back, single tier veils don’t have a blusher (the piece that goes down over your face). There is the option to have these gathered to create a slightly fuller look or with no gather which creates that ‘barely there” style.

  • Two Tier Veil: More of a traditional style veil. This means the veil will have a blusher, traditionally worn over the face and raised for the first kiss, during the wedding ceremony. As the blusher is lifted back over the head, this is when the veil has two tiers, two layers of tulle that then flow down the back, bother gathered at the comb.

  • Mantilla Veil: A single tier veil, with no gather, worn at the top of the head and flows down either side of the face.

  • Drop Veil: Means two tier veil with no gather. This style of veil is usually secured in place with a headband, hair pins or accessory. There is the option have a comb, this would be sewn discretely in the centre, perfect for if you don’t plan on having hair accessories.

The Meadowside Embroidered veil, a Cathedral Length Veil with no gather
Single Tier Cathedral Length Veil, with no gather

There are different veil attachments, suitable for different types of hair styles:

  • As explained above, with some veil styles, there is the option to have no veil fastening, and instead use your own hair accessory or hair pins to secure your veil in place.

  • The most common veil attachment is the veil comb, this is versatile and can either be sewn directly on the veil with no gather (as shown below) or gathered at the comb. This type of attachment is perfect for wearing with your hair down, or over the top of a bun and can be paired beautifully with hair accessories layered over the top.

  • If you’re opting for a low bun hairstyle, there is also the option to have veil loops, sewn at the top of your veil and attached below your bun with pins.

When wearing your hair down, small hairbands can be useful to help secure your veil comb, or the comb can be positioned above a plait or up-do. It is important to discuss this with your hair stylist, so they are aware of the attachment / style of veil you are going for and work it into your hairstyle.

I don't want to bombard you with information on this post, as I realise it is a lot to read and take in. I am however, going to briefly explain the different lengths of wedding veils, as this is important to consider!

Veil Lengths:

Again the length of your veil is purely down to personal opinion and the look you would like to achieve.

If you’re looking for a beautiful yet hassle free veil, that you would like to be off the ground, then the elbow or fingertip lengths are a great option.

  • Elbow Length Veil: 72cm long and falls around the elbows

  • Fingertip Length Veil: 122cm long, depending on your height will fall around your fingertips

If you would still like the length in your veil but you don’t want it to trail along the floor, then a ballet or floor length would be perfect.

  • Ballet Length Veil: 150cm long and falls around the mid calf mark

  • Floor Length Veil: 200cm long, depending on your height, typically touches the floor, with a small trailing edge

If it’s a statement piece and a veil that will create that wow factor your looking for, then a church or cathedral length veil would be your answer, this would train beyond your dress as you walk down the aisle.

  • Church Length Veil: 250cm long, slightly shorter than the Cathedral veil

  • Cathedral Length Veil: 300cm long, trails beautiful behind you

Embroidered 'Love you to the stars and beyond' Fingertip length veil
Embroidered 'Love you to the stars and beyond' Fingertip length veil

I could talk about veils all day, but that’s it from me today. I hope this post has helped you in some way, but if you have any questions or would like me to explain anything more, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. As always, I look forward to hearing from you!

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