Unique Wedding Veils

Unique Wedding Veils … Will you listen to your inner voice and dress with your heart?  Or will you allow convention to dictate your choices?  The bride below chose to step outside the wedding box and take a step on the ‘wild side’.

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Ok…the photo above is not quite a step on the wedding ‘wild side’, but the Swiss Dots on the veil and the bow are rather unconventional.  I rather like it, as long as the dots do not fight for dominance with the bride’s dress.  Your wedding dress should always be the star.

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How about the headdress above?  I can’t quite make myself call it a ‘veil’.  I’ll be honest here, I would never chose it, nor would I encourage my daughters to do to.  Perhaps the view from the front is spectacular?  Maybe it frames her face fabulously?

Okay…don’t focus on the flower sticking out rather indelicately from this bride’s mouth.  Silly, right?  While the pattern on the veil is pretty, and doesn’t seem to clash with her dress, the placement on her head…no, I think not…

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One has to have the utmost confidence to wear the red git-up below…It most definitely makes a statement… Not sure one I’d want to make, however…

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Hummm…the cap below is just that, more of a cap than a veil.  It serves the purpose of wedding headgear, but no one would call it traditional.

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The mantilla below is a wedding staple.  In my humble opinion, one must have just the right face shape to pull it off.  The bride below does.  My only concern, but I have the same one for all the brides on this post, there is no veil over the face.  To me, a veil covering the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle makes a ‘bride a bride’.

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The bride below, while just sporting a fingertip veil, has the option of covering her face if she so wished.  I hope she did…

This vintage blusher veil is too cute and goes perfectly with a tea-length dress.

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DIY And Make Your Own Wedding Veil

DIY And Make Your Own Wedding Veil!  This is a terrific way to save money.  When a bride writes her wedding budget, her wedding dress is definitely included.  But what is sometimes forgotten, is the cost of the veil.  And they are not inexpensive.  Veils can range from over $100.00 for an inexpensive veil, to over a thousand +.  My daughters’ were somewhere in the middle. Remember, I have two more daughters to plan weddings for; with their veils, I will take a different approach.

Below is my own wedding veil, and headpiece.  A great option, in my book…is to DIY and make your own wedding veil.  (I have included below a starting point for supplies and a youtube video to get you started.) A beautiful way to spice up your creation is to use either an heirloom headpiece, as my two older daughters did, (mine!), or purchase a spectacular one.  Perhaps you will make some new traditions of your own.

The next photo shows my second daughter wearing my headpiece.

The bride below secures her veil with a stand-out hair ornament.  It’s a lovely choice.

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The next photo showcases a veil from one of my brides.  Her mother made her it.  It’s just exquisite.

Below are some general supplies to get your started on making a standard veil.

3-10 yards of 108″ Bridal Illusion (100% tulle — I got mine at Joann’s) — make sure it matches your gown. I made a veil that was a few inches below my waist and used two and a half yards. You can use 56″, it just won’t be as wide or full.

Bridal Comb (I used plastic bridal combs, though I imagine you could use metal combs  as well.)

White Nylon Thread

Sewing Scissors

Lace of choice (optional) (at least one yard more than the length of your veil.)

Beads (optional) and beading needle

Fabric Glue

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Wondering what type of netting you should choose for your veil?  Check out a previous blog post on wedding veil fabrics.  Just click on the link:

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Click on the next link for an instruction video on how to make your own wedding veil: youtube.com

Above: my oldest daughter post wedding ceremony.  She wore my headpiece, but chose to wear this lovely wreath for the reception. Photo: Hannah Rachael

 

The History of the Wedding Veil

The history of the wedding veil… Do you know why a bride wears one?  I wore one, and most of my generation did.  It was important to my mother, and well, important to me too.  There is something so symbolic about your new husband raising that veil and placing a chaste kiss upon your lips.

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But..why is it done?  According to Wikipedia, “The lifting of the veil was often a part of ancient weddingritual, symbolizing the groom taking possession of the wife, either as lover or as property, or the revelation of the bride by her parents to the groom for his approval. In Judaism, the tradition of wearing a veil dates back to biblical times.” Wikipedia

Today’s bride may choose to wear some sort of headpiece, but not a veil, like the photo above.  And even if she chooses to wear a veil, it often doesn’t cover her face. Another source tells us:

“The veil and the bouquet that a bride carries may predate the wearing of white. Although there is no definitive reason for the wearing of a veil, many surmise it has to do with ancient Greeks and Romans’ fear of evil spirits and demons. In fact, this is where many of the bridal traditions actually come from, including bridesmaids wearing similar dresses in order to serve as decoys for the bride. In an effort to frighten away or disguise the bride from evil spirits, brides-to-be were dressed in brightly colored fabrics like red and obscured by a veil. But in many cases, the veil prevented the bride from seeing well. That is why her father or another person “gave her away.” He was actually escorting her down the aisle so she wouldn’t bump or trip into anything. The veil also served as a method of shielding the bride’s face from her future husband, especially in the cases of arranged marriages.

Superstition has it that it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride prior to the wedding. A veil hiding her face also ensured that the groom would not see his soon-to-be-betrothed up until the ceremony.

Eventually the meaning behind the veil transformed as weddings evolved into religious ceremonies. The veil came to symbolize modesty and obedience. In many religions it is seen as a symbol of reverence for women to cover their heads. When white wedding dresses were worn to symbolize chastity, the white veil followed suit.

Regardless of the origins, veils continue to be sported by today’s brides, who choose from a few different styles. A flyaway is a short veil that ends at the shoulders, while a sweep veil ends at the floor. Chapel and cathedral veils follow the bride at a significant length (nine and 12 feet, respectively). A blusher is a very short veil that covers just the bride’s face as she enters the ceremony. With a fingertip veil, the veil reaches the bride’s waist and brushes at her fingertips.

The veil should coordinate with the style of the gown, and many wedding attire consultants suggest choosing the gown prior to the headpiece and veil.”  Richmond.com

 Please enjoy viewing two iconic wedding veils below.
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 chicvintagebrides.com Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
And what about the next two veils/headpieces?  Well I think they’re a perfect example of an accessory, not traditional bridal garb.  Beautiful, yes, classic…no.
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MORE Romantic Wedding Veil Photos

MORE Romantic Wedding Veil Photos … My most recent post about romantic wedding veils photos was well received, so I thought I’d showcase a few more.  The next two photos are from the photographer/artist, Hannah Colt.  If you click on the link under the first two photos, you’ll be taken to her website.

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Hannah Colt Photos – if you’re interested in her work, leave a moment here, and I’ll connect you, or check her out on Facebook – Hannah Rachael Colt

Hannah was the photographer at my oldest daughter, KK’s wedding.  Hannah is such a magician she even separated me from my iPhone for about 15 minutes.  A feat few have accomplished.  🙂 We couldn’t have been happier with her work.

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Hannah Colt Photos

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So what makes a photo a standout?  I think it’s the element of the ‘exceptional’.  Just take the photo above.  Few veils these days have such pattern.  The inclusion of the patterned lace work over this beautiful bride’s face adds the dimension of the exceptional.  And the flowered wreath barely visible underneath the veil, exquisite.

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A bride need not have a traditional veil to be romantic.  This netted 20’s era veil is the epitome of romance.  Her hair adds to the allure.

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Jewelry and headpieces can add to the overall drama of a bride’s ensemble.  I adore the above headband the bride is wearing.  Her veil is settled flat on her head, but the jeweled tiara adds the bridal “umpth” she is looking for.

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And don’t forget the back view of your veil.  Believe it or not, your guests may see more of your back than your front at your ceremony.  Remember to incorporate a look that is pleasing to both views.  This last photo is of my second daughter and her charming new husband walking back down the aisle as a newly married couple.  You can barely see the photographer in the aisle ahead of them.  But Patty Cloherty, the groom’s talented aunt, captured this beautiful shot.  One of my favorites.