Unusual Wedding Veils… Wedding Dresses move in trends. Remember the “Mermaid” gown? In the 50’s, tea-length wedding dresses were all the rage. But what about wedding veils? The biggest trend I see these days regarding wedding veils, is brides are choosing NOT to wear them. I find this a little sad. To me, the wedding veil makes a bride look like a bride. But remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to a bride’s attire; just what YOU like.
But…enter onto the world stage, Meghan Markle, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex. When I think of her wedding attire, what stands out for me is her fabulous veil. Her wedding gown was very elegant, but was almost too plain. But the dramatic veil she wore sky-rocketed her ensemble to the level she needed as a royal bride.
Not sure about the above veil. I think one would have to be careful with the gold. It would be a limiting color scheme, although it IS beautiful.
How about the veil below? While dramatic, I think it over-powers the bride’s dress. It’s just too much.
The above veil would definitely require a dress that was simple in design, like Meghan’s was. It doesn’t appear to me that was this bride’s choice. Too much of a good thing in my opinion.
This veil is along the same lines of Ms. Markle’s. Bigger than life, coupled with a simple, yet elegant gown. I like the look.
Directly opposite to the last photo, is the gown and veil above. Wow! Talk about over the top. While it’s awe-inspiring, it’s just too much for my taste.
The last photo above, is my favorite. It combines just the right amount of umph to an classic, unadorned gown.
Bridal Headpieces – how many of you brides “focus on the back”? Think about it… as you walk down the aisle, what is the focal point of your guests? It is on your back. Many brides realize this and choose a gown that showcases a dramatic look. But many neglect their hair ornaments/ headpieces. I am a big fan of the wedding veil. To me, a veil makes a bride ‘look like a bride’.
The photo above incorporates the best of both worlds. The bride has a lovely headpiece, and attaches her veil to it. After the ceremony, she can removed the veil for the reception and display her beautiful headpiece.
Perhaps you want to order such a hair ornament. Where would you find one? Etsy.com. It’s a great website for one of a kind creations.
I love the ornament above. It’s delicate, bridal, and looks wonderful against the bride’s dark hair.
No veil? No problem! But then go big! The bride above chose flowers as her headpiece. I think it’s just beautiful, and if the flower colors match the bride’s color pallet, it will tie into the wedding perfectly.
Above are some other floral options. Remember…you do not have to limit your florist generated headpiece to flowers alone. The arrangements with just greens are also very attractive. And don’t forget. If you choose to go with an elaborate “back” look for your hair, make sure you have an elaborate hairstyle. In this scenario, the longer the hair, the better. Best advice? Have a practice session with your wedding day hair stylist to make sure she creates the best possible style to showcase the floral arrangement. Perhaps you will need a practice arrangement to have your hair dresser attach as your headpiece? Yes, I think you will. Talk to your florist about an economical option for this. Good luck!
A Family Tradition… I was thrilled and honored that the older two of my four daughters chose to wear my own wedding headpiece. My daughter, Maggie, is in the photo above. She is wearing her own veil, (cathedral length), and my headpiece. Her vision was to always take the veil and headpiece off for the reception. It would be too cumbersome to wear all night. She needed to make sure her hairstyle was up the formality of the event. And it was. Her hair style was spectacular, but she wanted some sort of adornment in her hair for the reception. She visited etsy.com, a wonderful website where individuals can shop from independent venders. You can find almost anything on etsy.com, and the vendors are everyday people who have something special to share.
Maggie purchased a lovely hair adornment to be showcased. Pease note the photo below of the spray of seed pearls. Note, if you choose a hair ornament, buy it early enough so you can have a dry run with your hairdresser.
My second bride, (two weddings in two years), was my oldest daughter, Kathleen. She too chose to wear the family headpiece, but also with her own veil. Her hair was worn down, as had been her vision since she was a tiny girl. And although different from her sister’s undo, every bit as spectacular. For her reception adornment, she also visited etsy.com. Her selection was a beautiful wreath of flowers which echoed her ivory and apricot color scheme. Please note the wreath below in the picture on the left. Her bouquet is featured on the right. We were very pleased how closely the two pieces complimented each other.
I chose to wear silk flowers to be showcased after I took MY veil off 32 years ago. They were pretty, and looked nice in my hair. But I made a mistake with my veil. The netting that went over my face was thick, and created a visual issue for me, and for my guests’ view of me. And it was hot! My photo is below. Compare it to Maggie’s, following photo. Note how fine and delicate my daughter’s veil is…a much better choice than mine. If you’d like to read about different veil fabric weights, you can read an earlier post “Wedding Veil Fabrics” Just click on the link!
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Photos: Image #1 Patty Cloherty
Photo #2 Mary P Karnes
Photo #3 #4 Wedding Guests
Photo# 5 #6 Hannah Colt
Photo #7 Unknown
Photo #8 Patty Cloherty
Wedding Veil Fabrics — Did you know you actually had options? If you have read my last blog post: “If you Choose to Wear a Veil” you may remember that I said my own veil 31 years ago was rather thick and hard to see through. My daughter, Maggie’s veil, however, was sheer and delicate. It had a glossamer effect. You almost couldn’t see it – but you did… There is also a picture of Maggie in her veil in that post as well… veil post…
So it turns out, after much research…that there’s a REASON my veil was so thick and heavy, and Maggie’s so airy and light! There are several different fabric weights and styles for bridal netting. Who knew?!? Maggie’s veil was Bridal Illusion, so light and delicate, it was akin to a cobweb. My veil, on the other hand, was “English Net.” While pure white and beautiful, it was heavy, hard to see through, and HOT! The only other fabric I would consider using on a veil would be the “Glimmer Illusion”. Light like the “Bridal Illusion”, it has an additional shimmer to give a little extra “pizzazz” to the bride’s ensemble. I’m not really sure why a bride would choose one of the other fabrics listed on the first photo. While “Silk Chiffon”, “Polyster Chiffon” (yuck!), and “Organza” are options, I’m not sure why. Unless…the bride wanted a more structured, heavier fabric. You still ask, “Why?” Well, maybe her wedding ceremony is outside, on a beach, perhaps. Maybe she wants the veil hanging down her back only with no blusher covering her face, and she doesn’t want the veil blowing in the wind. Maybe she likes the patterned effect of the organza, or choses to have pearl or beading sewn onto the veil. Maybe…she wants a short veil, and desires more structure than the “Bridal Illusion” offers. Who knows? But someone MUST be purchasing these fabrics… Below is a very useful chart on “Veil Length”. You can click on the following link if you’d like to read my blog post about corresponding “Wedding Dress Trains”.
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