Veils are the ultimate bridal accessory, the cake-topper essentially. Some brides opt out of the veil, but most are very specific about the type of veil because it is often considered the pièce de résistance of the wedding attire. It can also be the source of a lot of anxiety, just one more decision for the bride. So, with so many options to choose from, how do you choose the right veil to go with your dress? At Zveil, the quality of the material will never be an issue all our veils are designed in house and hand sewn using only the highest quality tulle, beading and lace. The decision then gets narrowed down to only being about matching the style of your wedding dress and accommodating your personal taste. The guide below aims to make that process easier and help you get the wedding day look you’re going for.
Veil length is the key determining factor when choosing a veil. So knowing the difference in veil lengths is essential. Shorter veils, tend to say modern, stylish, even retro or edgy. Longer veils add tradition and formality to your wedding dress. Longer veils also tend to work if you are going for a “classic” look. Long veils are also quite flattering.
Long or short, if you simply can't find the perfect veil for your personal style, not to worry, Zveil will help you discover the right veil, one that you love. Brides often go into this process having no idea how important of an accessory the veil can be. Sometimes, they even save the decision as an aside, a last minute thing, and that can cause anxiety. Once you try on veils, you will realize how much the length can affect the silhouette of your dress and complement the look. The wrong veil might detract from the style of your dress. Below are various veil lengths and their descriptions, to help you narrow down your decision when it’s time to choose the veil. Remember, it’s great to have a specific idea of what you want in mind, but try to remain open. One veil may complement your dress better than another and may be the very style you had never considered.
A little tip: when you go for your dress fitting, test out various veil lengths and styles. Find a style that complements your overall silhouette—you don't want your veil to break up the flow of your look. Then when you are ready pick your veil, you’ll be a little more prepared. Wetietheknots.com included a diagram in their recent blog which I thought might be really helpful. Says the blog:
Veils come in different lengths and should complement your wedding dress accordingly. For example, wear a more dramatic veil with a simple wedding gown or a simple veil with a more ornate gown. Finding the balance is important so you do not look over accessorized. To help you select the best veil length for your taste and dress, check out the diagram below.
Blusher - A blusher (the diagram calls it a shoulder veil) is a short veil (usually 20"- 22 in length – May depend on your height if it’s custom made) and it covers the face. It falls to the top of your shoulders. This is the veil you pull back at the kiss or before. It’s very vintage.
Elbow - An elbow-length veil is an elegant and is pretty self-explanatory. Usually about 26-32” in length, it falls over the shoulders to the elbows. Very classy and more conservative for the less showy bride.
Fingertip -This is usually 36-40" in length and it falls past the bride's hips. The fingertip is popular because its sheer design reveals detail on the back of a wedding gown. Brides love this option.
The Waltz - The waltz veil is usually 60-80" in length. It will hit approximately just midway to your calf. (A Semi-Waltz is about 50”.)
Floor Length - The floor is a floor length veil. It should be the same length as the wedding dress.
Chapel - A chapel-length veil offers a bit of a dramatic silhouette. It will create the illusion of a train. A “chapel” veil is usually 90-95" in length and drapes a little beyond the dress behind the bride.
Cathedral Length - If you are the bride who wants absolute gasps and drama when you enter the scene, the cathedral length veil will certainly achieve the wow-factor. It is usually about 108"-120" in length and extends beyond the train of the bride's gown.
Now when you go veil shopping, you at least have your preference in mind. However, if you are just completely overwhelmed, if the thought of making a big decision like this sends you into a panic, worry no more! Zveil has a try-at-home program. You can try up to the three veils in the comfort of your home to get feedback from others and to make sure you choose the best veil for your perfect day.
For more on the try-at-home program or custom made veils, contact Zveil today for a consultation.
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