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Guest Blog: Do you Need a Veil?

Yes the dress is the most important thing you wear as a bride. But we cannot forget accessories. They can really pull the look together and allow you to be your kind of bride (our motto!).

The consultants at AniA Collection cannot count the number of times that brides will try on veils with their dress and say that they finally feel like a bride. This is because veils and headpieces can really complete and personalize your bridal look. When considering a veil or headpiece (or any accessory for that matter), there are some questions to ask yourself.

Is it proportional? - Veils and headpieces can vary in size and length. Makes sure it doesn’t overwhelm or distract from your features and size.

Does it tell your story? - Getting married in the winter? Maybe a glittery veil or beaded headpiece would bring out your inner snow queen. Getting married outdoors? A floral crown might complement your look.

Is it sentimental? - It is very sweet to include your family members in your look. It might be your grandmother’s antique veil or your father’s watch wrapped around the stem of your bouquet. Remember this item is important to you and it does not have to “go with” your look.

Does it complement your look? - if the gown you chose is a bohemian sheath it may be a bit peculiar to have a large tiara. Consider how well your accessories match your gown and most importantly who you are!

Does it improve your look? - Sometimes less is more and if your look is not elevated when you try on an accessories, there is no reason to depreciate your look.

Now that we have those questions in mind, we can get more specific. Let’s start with veil lengths! Veils can be as small as a cage or bridal cap or longer than your train. Here  are the most common veil lengths:

Cage Veil - This is a very short veil that usually attached to a kind of comb or broach. The fabric, generally made of wide netting or tulle, tends to cover half or all of the face. This style of veil tends to go well with a fun stylized vintage look.

Elbow Length - Ends at the elbow or waist. Tends to be fluffier due to either multiple layers and the way the fabric lays. Great with a full skirt.

Fingertip-Length - Falls beneath the hip and just past the fingertips. This is a popular length due to the fact you can wear it all night and it complements pretty much any style of gown.

Waltz-Length - This floor length veil goes well with a gown of the same length.

Chapel-Length - Measures twelve to eighteen inches past a chapel train.

Cathedral-Length - Measures twelve to eighteen inches past a cathedral train.

Fold Over Veil - A part of the veil is folded over and can be used as a blusher.

Most veils are tulle but that can be made of other materials such as chiffon or lace. They can also be edged in ribbon, beaded, laced or left raw (meaning it is slightly frayed)

A mantilla is a Spanish style veil that frames the face and is edged with lace or made completely of lace. This is very dramatic and stylized but can be beautiful on the right bride. It can also detract from the face. Consider a veil edged with lace at about the elbow or fingertip.

Blushers are the part of the veil that lightly cover the bride’s face. Like in the movies and stories, the father of the bride or the groom lift the veil off of the brides face to begin the ceremony. These are usually an option because of religion or tradition. It is a lovely fun part of the ceremony and we are pro blusher if you want one. Just make sure whoever is taking off the blusher gets practice prior to the ceremony.

Where do you wear your veil? - Generally veils are worn at the crown because it makes the bride look taller (who doesn’t want that?). However consider your hairstyle and think about fitting the veil into it. Sometimes the veil can sit underneath a bun or low chignon.

For the brides who would rather go less traditional and more stylized, they should consider a headpiece or a veil and headpiece combination. Again, consider your hairstyle. Examples of headpieces include but are not limited to:

Jeweled or Pearl Comb
Tiara
Jeweled or Floral Crown
Headband
Hair Jewelry
Hair Pins
Fabric

To recap, think of these five questions when considering any accessories.

Is it proportional?

Does it tell your story?

Is it sentimental?

Does it complement your look?

Does it improve your look?

With these in mind, it should be fun and easy to find your veil and headpiece. Consider your hairstyle. Also remember that accessories can either make or break your overall look, choose wisely! Look out for the next part of Bridal Accessories: Jewelry, Shoes and Cover-Ups.

Best,

Karen
AniA Collection
[email protected]
503-796-9170

 

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