Let's Talk Veils

Veil or no veil is the big question brides find asking themselves, along with - how did adding a piece of fabric to your head even become a thing? Glad you asked!

For centuries, veils have been connected to cultural and religious traditions like warding off evil or symbolizing modesty. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria rocked a veil and a white dress for her nuptials that veils became a wedding staple.

Today, it’s up to the bride if she wants one or not - sometimes popping on that veil can give you all the bridal feels! Let’s be real, when will you ever have the chance to wear a veil again? The trends of hairpieces and flower crowns come and go, but a veil is forever timeless. 👰

With all the options out there, it’s easy to find a veil that’s uniquely you. Once you’ve found your style, it helps to know where and how to wear it of course!  Keep scrolling for veil tips and inspo!

QUICK TIPS

  • If you have the opportunity, find your veil while you have the dress on. This will help you get the clearest picture of how it could look. It’s also the best way to guarantee the color and details coincide. *At Brilliant Bridal, we offer accessory appointments for this purpose! 🙌

  • If your veil has a comb - the curve of the comb goes with the curve of your head. Knowing this, will make wedding day prep a little less stressful.

FINGERTIP AND ELBOW LENGTH

These are the most common of veils. Fingertip length is what you typically see - where the veil just barely brushes the tips of your fingers. Elbow length is also just as it sounds - the edge will hit right at the elbow. Fingertip veils are perfect if you don’t want the fuss of finding a unique style and just want that bridal feel. TIP: since these veils are shorter and the detail is closer to the gown - make sure the veil detail doesn’t take away or compete with your gown. You want them to flawlessly blend.

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TWO - TIER

If you are a traditional gal and want the classic bridal feel - then a two-tier option is perfect! The veil that goes over your face is called a Blusher -  so having a two - tier veil, allows the top piece to be draped over your face and then lifted back once at the altar. This style also tends to add volume, so if you’re going for that Grace Kelly vibe, then this style is for you!

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CATHEDRAL

Cathedral veils are typically the longest style and tend to extend past the train on your gown.
No, you don’t have to be getting married in a church to rock a cathedral veil. These beauties are for all the drama and can be worn with an elaborate ball gown or even a simple silk sheath. These veils are meant for that bride who wants to be a little extra! So, if your goal is to feel like a queen strutting down that aisle then a cathedral veil will definitely make a statement.

If you feel like cathedral is too long - chapel and sweeping veils still give that long effect, but not nearly as much of a fuss.

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MANTILLA

Son tan bonitas!! Mantillas are a traditional Spanish veil with a thick lace trim from top to bottom. Instead of a comb, these romantic veils drape over the head and are secured with hair pins. Many brides that want that angelic traditional feel will choose a Mantilla. This style can either be shorter like fingertip length or go as long as a cathedral.

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JULIET CAP

The ever so romantic Juliet cap - oh how I Love thee! This unique style is for that bride with a vintage heart and a boho spirit. Juliet caps cover the majority of your head and often have beadwork or lace detail - typically worn with your hair down.

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BIRDCAGE

Now, if you really want to have fun and be unique - birdcage veils give that touch of sophistication with a dash of sass. 💋This vintage style is still popular among modern brides and is often worn off to the side of your head so it crosses over the eyes. TIP: make sure to steam it out and pin down any parts necessary so everything lays nicely for photos.

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CAPE VEILS

Cape veils are a recent trend as an alternative to the traditional veils and you wouldn’t believe how ethereal these beauties can be. This style typically hooks onto the back of your gown, so the fabric just flows past your shoulders cascading to the ground. Since this is such a new trend, there are all types of cape veils to choose from. Whether you want to be different or just want to spruce up your gown, this veil style will certainly make for some elegant photos.

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We covered the most common styles of veils and hope this helped you with your journey on finding the perfect one for your big day!

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

 

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!

We Love... Bridal Veils by Urban Veils Couture

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custom bridal veils

Veils are an elegant and classic addition to any wedding ensemble. We've discovered in our bridal shop, that once a bridal veil is placed on a bride-to-be it's her first big "I'm really a bride" moment.  Not all brides choose to wear a veil on their special day, but before you make your final decision, take a peek at these gorgeous creations from Urban Veils Couture available exclusively at Brilliant Bridal!

lace bridal veil

A lace trimmed fingertip veil like this looks fabulous with a variety of bridal dress silhouettes that feature coordinating lacey details. This length and style is perfect for the bride who wants an elegant look without the high drama of a floor-length veil. Try out a single tier veil (like above) or a double tier for added drama and volume.

bird cage bridal veil

If a vintage or rustic event is more your cup of tea, perhaps a birdcage veil with a touch of lace would complete your bridal look! Try pairing this flirty veil with a form-fitting gown for a modern but classic bridal look. As beautiful as these spunky veils are, they can be a little difficult to place. Make sure your hair stylist knows the correct way to style your hair with a birdcage veil so it lays properly over your face. Bobby pins will be your best friend!

chapel length bridal veil

If you are a bride who wants to make the ultimate statement, a cathedral veil is definitely a showstopper! You’ll turn heads when wearing this magical, timeless hair accessory. These grand, lavish bridal accessories are usually thought of strictly for formal affairs, but don’t be afraid to mix it up! A cathedral veil can also work for lush outdoor venues and destination weddings.