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Though steeped in tradition as it is, unless required by your religion, a veil is strictly optional. Today, wearing a veil is more of a style statement than a symbolic gesture. Thus, the ideal veil depends largely on the style of your wedding gown and the overall look you want to create.
Consider Your Wedding Hair Style
To showcase your hairstyle, choose a veil that fastens underneath your hairstyle or one you’ll remove for the reception; otherwise, you can opt for a veil that you’ll wear throughout the event. In this case, your hair will simply support the veil.
Wedding Veil Function
How long you plan on wearing your veil can dictate how long it should be. Wearing it for the ceremony only? Go ahead and get one that rivals Princess Di’s. But if you want to wear your veil until the party’s over, you’ll need a more functional approach – either a shorter veil or a multi-layered one with a top layer that can be worn on it’s own during the reception.
Wedding Photography Tip
If you plan to remove your veil immediately after the ceremony, keep in mind that it won’t appear in post-ceremony or first dance pictures. To ensure this classic accessory is adequately documented, many brides wait to remove the veil until after the first dance.
Choosing an Appropriate Veil
Your wedding veil should not compete with your dress, so if you’re donning an elaborately embellished gown, keep your veil clean and simple. Also, any ornamentation on your veil should start below where your dress embellishments end.
When it comes to color and embellishments, your wedding veil should complement your wedding dress – not mimic it. Don’t obsess about finding a perfect match.
Just like anything else, veil prices vary. According to The Bridal Association of America, the average cost of a bride’s veil is $274. Here’s what you can get for your budget:
For between $20 and $50, expect to buy a short, one-layer veil made from tulle or netting. For $150 to $250, you can buy a tulle length veil that includes some detailing, such as ribbon or lace trim. For $300 to $500 or more, you can get a long veil with several layers and ornate lace or beaded details, possibly in higher-quality silk tulle.
Here’s the lingo you’ll need to know to get started:
BlusherThe blusher is a short, single-layer veil worn over your face during the ceremony, then flipped back over the head or removed before “kiss the bride.” You can wear a blusher solo or with a longer veil.
The flyaway veil is multi-layered and barely brushes the shoulders. This veil is appropriate for more casual looks.
As the name implies, an elbow-length veil extends to your elbows, providing the grace of a veil without overpowering your dress. This style is very popular for more casual weddings.
The fingertip veil extends to your fingertips when your arms are hanging naturally. This popular veil length complements most wedding dresses, from sleek sheaths to elaborate ball gowns.
The chapel veil extends to the floor, falling 2.5 yards from your headpiece and flowing over your train. This veil complements the length of your train and is appropriate for more formal weddings and attire.
The cathedral veil – or royal veil – is the most formal. It extends 3.5 yards from your headpiece and is usually worn with a cathedral-length train.
Like the name suggests, a double-tier veil consists of two layers (either two veils or a veil and a blusher) that extend to different lengths.
Waltz or ballet
This long veil falls between your knees and ankles – a good option if you prefer a long veil, but your dress does not have a train. (You won’t trip on it while dancing, hence the namesake.)
The fountain veil gathers at the crown of your head and cascades around the face to your shoulders or elbows.
This Spanish-inspired veil – often made of lace – drapes over the head to varying lengths. A headpiece isn’t necessary to keep it in place.
The pouf veil features gathered material added to the point where it connects to your headpiece, creating added volume. This style works with most veil lengths.