Modern brides seem to be bringing back old traditions by adding the traditional veil to their wedding outfits. Whether it is with a ball gown or tea-length dress, the veils add an element of elegance. It is the perfect finishing touch.
If you, too, wish to incorporate wedding veils into your outfit, you have a lot to think about. From the perfect style to pricing, read on to find the perfect veil for your special day.
The deeper meaning behind wedding veils
Wedding veils originated in ancient times. They were used to wrap the bride from head to toe to represent the delivery of a “modest, untouched maiden”. The veil was also believed to protect the bride from evil spirits.
Wedding historian and author Susan Waggoner also hypothesises that the veil may have originated in the times of arranged marriages. They were used to hide the bride’s face from the groom.
In modern times, these beliefs are no longer kept by people. However, the veil remains a meaningful part of the wedding ensemble.
Many brides inscribe the groom’s name into their veils. They may also inscribe parts of wedding vows or meaningful dates.
Different veil styles
Veils come in many different styles and lengths. There is a different style to complement all your wedding dresses and themes. Take a look at some of the most common veil styles:
It is a short veil made of a stiff net or mesh. It covers your forehead and the top half of your face and gives you the ideal vintage bride look.
● Elbow-length veil
It is a medium length veil that starts at the top of your hairdo and stops near the elbows. This veil is simplistic and perfect for a 1960s retro look.
● Ballet length veil
A slightly more dramatic option, this veil falls below your hips. You can trim it with a beautiful lace for the ultra-feminine look. Petite brides prefer it.
● Chapel length veil
This veil drapes around you to the floor and creates a small puddle just a few inches behind your dress.
● Cathedral length veil
The cathedral length veil is one of the longest veils that often extends one or two feet behind the dress. It may require assistance to spread out and straighten.
● Royal veil
The royal veil is appropriately named as royal brides typically wear it. It is exceptionally long and spreads out a few feet behind the dress. It also has intricate designs and embroidery. Princess Diana’s wedding veil used 153 yards of tulle.
Styling your hair
Depending on the style of your veil, you would style your hair differently.
If you use long cathedral or chapel length veils, you will do your hair up in a big bun. The bun will hold your long veil in place and support it.
For shorter veils like the birdcage, brides prefer shorter hair that remains open. The hair flows out of your short veil and completes the retro or vintage look.
Wedding veils have become an essential accessory in weddings nowadays. Simple veils can start at low prices, like 260 USD. The more you customise it, the higher your pricing rises. Veils can cost up to or over 3000 USD depending on the customisation.