Our Brilliant Bridal Veils

We've dubbed February the month of all things veils and today sadly closes out the month. We hope that you've enjoyed our mini veil series and found it super useful! 

Veils, veils and more veils! We feel like we've about exhausted the topic, but before we wrap up this mini series, we'd like to share some of our favorite Brilliant Bridal veils. We've selected six different options in a variety of styles, lengths and price points. These veils are available exclusively at our Brilliant Bridal store locations and a select few are available for purchase at our online boutique. *dress details at the end*

Let's take a look!

The shortest of our veils debuted today is this lovely, white, pencil trimmed veil. This single-tiered option really is the perfect choice for any bride looking for a simple veil. It still gives you all the benefits of a veil (feeling more bridal, satisfying your mother's mental picture and completing your whole bridal aesthetic) without feeling too over the top or breaking the budget at $45. 

If that first option was a little too plain for you, this next finger tip length veil, trimmed in the most delicate pearl and crystal beading might be for you! We love how this option adds some sparkle to the lace beaded bodice. This exclusive Brilliant Bridal veil is available for $120. 

Looking for something sparkly but still soft and feminine? This floral beaded trim is one of our most popular veils. We love how the crystal edging emphasizes the small flower details on this lace bodice. This sweet, single tiered, ivory number is available exclusively at our store and our online boutique for $145.  

This dress + veil combo is to die for! They match so perfectly, it's like they were made for each other! The carefully placed, alençon lace appliqué is just dreamy cascading down the back of this veil. You can take this exclusive Brilliant Bridal veil home for $245.

Here is a very unique, white, butterfly veil that you don't see that often. What makes a butterfly veil so unique from a two-tiered veil is that it's actually one piece of fabric that's been folded over, instead of two separate pieces of fabric. This gives the veil a more lightweight and flowey feel. Plus, with that organza trim this veil truly is stunning! We have this exclusive Brilliant Bridal veil for a steal at $155. 

Last but not least, the longest of our Brilliant Bridal veils is this white, smooth cut, cathedral veil, coming in at 72" long. Cathedral veils are known for being one of the most flattering lengths, as it elongates your figure and doesn't create a horizontal line across the body. This show stopping beauty is only $150 and worth every penny! 

We hope that you've enjoyed this mini series as much as we've enjoyed researching relevant content and sharing some of our stunning Brilliant Bridal veils with you. Feel free to leave a comment below sharing your favorite veil or any questions about our posting. And of course, follow us on Instagram for more tips + planning inspo!

Dress 1 | White One Barcelona by Pronovias, Fit-n-flare with plunging v-neckline and lace sleeves, White, Size 6, Retail Price $1226 | Our Price $720 Phoenix Location

Dress 2 | Wtoo by Watters, Mod A with sweetheart neckline and lace and beaded bodice,             Ivory, Size 8, Retail Price $1551 | Our Price $1085 Phoenix Location

 

Our Brilliant Bride Emily | Real Colorado Wedding | Brilliant Bridal Denver

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As Winter creeps along, we have a dreamy Summer Colorado wedding to share with you today to help warm things up. Our Brilliant Bride Emily married Kemper on July 31st in Evergreen, Colorado at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park. Their wedding was full of classic, rustic Colorado lodge vibes and local touches. We especially liked the Colorado mountain table names! 

Emily found her La Sposa bridal gown at our Denver bridal boutique just four months before her big day. Which would normally be a time crunch at a traditional bridal boutique, but for our off-the-rack store and experienced seamstresses it was just the perfect amount of time for Emily to find her dress and have it altered to fit.

Scroll on for more of our favorites from Emily + Kemper's Colorado wedding. And many thanks to their photographer Sarah Barth for sharing these with us!

Our Top Veil Tips

We have dubbed February the month of all things veils and today marks our third week. We still have one more week left, so be sure to check back next week!

We've rounded up our top 'inveilable' veil tips. See what we did there - like invaluable but 'inVEILable.' We thought it was funny too! ;) We've shown you how to choose the right veil and our favorite veil alternatives. Now we'd like to share some practical veil tips that will help you make it through your wedding day like a pro.

1. Bring your veil to your hair trial.

This will save you SO much stress. Plus, your wedding hairstyle and veil are kind of a package deal. They both have a huge impact on the other. Mainly the weight of your veil will require different levels of support from your hairstyle. For example, if you choose a long or multi-tiered veil you'll need to wear a supportive up-do style like a chignon. On the other hand a short or light weight veil can be worn with your hair all down.

2. Plan all of your bridal accessories. 

A veil is a super important accessory but don't forget to plan your earrings, necklace, bracelets, etc. You may even want to dress up your veil and pair it with a glittering headpiece. In addition, you may want to swap your veil for a flower crown at the reception. Whatever you decide just make sure you take into account your whole bridal aesthetic. 

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3. Prep your veil with your dress.

We recommend you have your veil prepped at the same time as your dress. If that isn't an option you can always steam it with a steamer or you can hang it near the shower with hot water running. Also, NEVER iron your veil. At the very least, make sure to set your veil out flat to try to eliminate creases.  

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4. Put your veil on last.

Ideally, you want to put your veil on last. This will keep your veil from getting wrinkled, Also, this will ensure easier makeup retouches without the worry of your veil getting in the way. Putting your veil on last, probably means that your hair stylist won't be able to secure it for you though, so do take that into consideration. 

5. Secure your veil well.

It is definitely best to have your hair stylist secure your veil, but if your timeline doesn't allow, it may be helpful to know how to criss cross the bobby pins. Also, you will want your veil to be able to be tugged on and still remain secure. This will save you from needing to continually adjust after each hug. 

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6. Consider the impact of the environment. 

Your main concern with environment is the wind. Depending on how windy your venue is, your veil may act like a kite and take flight. It may be helpful to add weights to the bottom to keep it from flying up. Also, keep in mind that a long veil will drag on the ground, which may not bother you at all. But if you're looking to keep your veil in excellent condition, choosing a knee-length or shorter veil would be your best option.

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7. Plan dreamy veil shots with your photog.

Veil shots can be the dreamiest. There is just something about the way a veil catches the light or the romance that is portrayed between a couple under a veil.  Be sure to look up some ideas on Pinterest or your photog may have some ideas already. Just don't miss out on the opportunity to take some really lovely photos. 

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8. Know who is going to take off your veil. 

You may want to designate your maid of honor or someone in your wedding party to assist you. Just make sure you have your hairstylist teach whoever it is, so they can easily remove it without damaging your hairstyle.   

9. Be aware of open flames.

We'll end today's tips with, be aware of open flames. You may think that sounds obvious, but when you're glowing with love this may not be the first thing on your mind and there are a surprising number of places for your veil to catch on fire. From the unity candle during the ceremony to candles lit along the pathway to your reception to candles lighting up your centerpieces, they're everywhere. It isn't a likely concern, but we wouldn't have to say it if it had never happened before. 

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We hope that these tips were indeed 'inveilable' and helped you think through your wedding accessory planning. Follow us on Instagram for more tips + planning inspo!

Veil Alternatives: Our Fave Wedding Headpieces

We're continuing in our second week of all things veils for the month of February. We still have more bridal inspirations + tips coming your way, so be sure to check back next week!

From crystal jewels to floral sprigs, it seems like these romantic, wedding headpieces are uniting brides of all styles everywhere! When choosing a headpiece, you'll need to make sure it compliments your dress, as well as, your hairstyle, aesthetic and venue, just like with veils. Also, you'll probably be wearing your headpiece all day, so it's important to consider your comfort. Try a few styles on or read the reviews online, trust us beauty is not pain in this situation. You'll want to feel as comfortable at the end of the day as you did at the beginning.   

You may think we're cheating by talking about veil alternatives during our month of all things veils, but we know a lot of brides are looking for other options beyond traditional veils to complete their perfect bridal look. So if last week's blog post left you wanting more, we've compiled our favorite wedding headpieces that'll make you want to opt out of the veil tradition entirely. 

Dazzling, Jeweled Pieces

These stunning bride's look so chic in their jeweled, wedding headpieces but with crystals how can you not! This option is very customizable to each bride's unique aesthetic because there are so many styles to choose from (think of all the options you had for choosing your engagement ring!). We love bits and pieces from each of these and are so glad we don't have to choose just one. The rose gold metal on the first, the freeform quartz crystals on the second and the delicate gold crystal + pearl combo of the third all have us swooning! Wanting more jeweled headpiece options?

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Bold, Floral Halos

Next up, these flower power brides are slaying the game in their floral, wedding headpieces. We've seen the flower crown trend all over Instagram, but we think these brides nailed this romantic look by pairing their make up seamlessly with their crowning glory. We love the asymmetrical designs and unexpected details hidden in each piece. There are so many options for making a floral piece work with your bridal look, but overall they're going to be best suited for a dreamy, outdoor wedding. Feeling inspired yet? Wait till you see the feathers! ;) Looking for more flower crown inspo?

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Soft, Pearl Details

Last but not least, these gorgeous brides are rocking their pearl, wedding headpieces. We've seen pearl engagement rings popping up more and more and can see this trend coming back full force soon! We love how unique each design is, from dreamy romantic to sophisticated fun to boho chic. It's no doubt these pearl crowns would make a lovely statement to any bridal look. Need more pearl headpiece choices in your life?

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We hope that these wedding headpieces gave you the inspiration you've been looking for to complete your perfect bridal look. Follow us on Instagram for more tips + planning inspo!

Choose the Right Veil for Your Dress

For the month of February, we will be talking about all things veils, so be sure to check back over the following weeks for alternative veil styles + more!

So you've found the perfect dress, now it's time to choose the right veil.  Choosing the right veil for your dress is like the brilliant balance of icing on cake. Eating cake all by itself is still delicious, but it leaves you wanting more. And a cake with too much icing is good for a few bites but ultimately too rich; a wedding dress and veil have a similar effect. It is essential to strike the right balance between the two so your veil doesn't overpower your gorgeous dress.

When it comes to choosing a wedding veil, there are a wide variety of colors, lengths, fabrics and embellishments to pick from. It may feel overwhelming deciding which of these styles is right for your dress, so we put together a questionnaire to help you make a decision. It is important to note that selecting a veil is nearly impossible without purchasing your dress first, so buy your dress first (we've heard of this lovely bridal boutique Brilliant Bridal *wink wink*)! 

What is the color of your dress? 

The color of your veil should match your dress exactly. Unless you're thinking of wearing an antique veil, then the aesthetic of wearing an heirloom outweighs the need for the dress and veil to match perfectly. Just make sure that the colors pair well together.

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What is the focal point of your dress?

Whatever made you fall in love with the dress in the first place is probably the focal point, and you want to make sure that the veil complements that feature. For example, if your dress has an intricate, back, try pairing it with a sheer veil with only one layer, that lets that beautiful detail show through. Or if your gown is completely decorated in crystal beading opt for a simple veil that will really let your dress shine. 

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What type of embellishments are on your dress?

You will want to match the embellishment of your dress to the embellishment on your veil. If your dress is decorated with lace appliqué, it would look very cohesive to also have lace on your veil. However, just make sure the laces are complimentary if not matching. If your dress is adorned with crystal beading, try pairing it with a crystal trimmed veil. Just make sure your veil doesn't try to steal the show. (*FYI* rhinestones have a silvery shine, while crystals give off a softer, white sparkle.)

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How low is the back neckline of your dress? 

You will want to make sure your veil falls below the back bodice neckline. It tends to look unfinished and disconnected if there is a gap of skin showing in between where your veil ends and the back neckline. If your dress has a low back and a long veil isn't your style, you could try a a birdcage veil, flower crown or jeweled headpiece. 

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What is the style of your dress?

Whether your style is classic, modern, bohemian or somewhere in between, the length of your veil can help you achieve your overall bridal aesthetic. A more classic or traditional look can be achieved with a longer veil (ballet, chapel or cathedral length). Or a more modern or edgy aesthetic can be achieved with a shorter veils (birdcage, shoulder or elbow length). 

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All in all, 

There are always exceptions to the rules, you do you, so try on a few different styles and see which ones you love the most. Also, our stylists are more than willing to help you choose the right veil to complete your bridal look. We just recommend that you bring your dress in to get the best match!

Lastly if you're still feeling a little lost on all this veil terminology, the Southbound Bride has a lovely blog that breaks down the different veil lengths + pictures! And as always if you're looking for more wedding inspiration, follow us on Instagram!