And What They Say About Your Wedding Style!
Still working on your wedding day look? For anyone that isn’t well versed in bridal style, all the different options can seem overwhelming. Even if you are pretty familiar, it can still feel like a lot to choose from.
I had a way harder time committing to my wedding gown and veil than I did to my actual husband. The man in the pictures with me I was confident in, the outfit that I would have to look back upon for the next several decades seemed like a way more dangerous decision.
If you’re undecided on what exactly you should adorn your pretty little head with, fear not! Here’s a list of (most of) your options, what they work best for, and what it says about your bridal style.
Elbow. Elbow length veils go to about your elbow (duh). They’re easy to get on and off, and since they’re one of the shortest options, they’re the easiest to move around in. This look is probably best for someone who doesn’t really want a veil for more than the traditional-ness of having one on for the ceremony, or even just a few photos. It’s a fairly classic look, and will suit a bride who is going for a simple and elegant feel.
Fingertip. This veil flows down to just below your fingertips (and you thought bridal style lingo was going to be confusing….). It’s pretty, simple and typically just one layer. I think these give the same functionality of an elbow veil, but photograph way prettier. It gives just a little bit more length, which elongates your entire outfit. Fingertip veils are perfect for almost any bridal style, and are definitely one of the more popular options. Find one with a little lace and you’ll have a modern spin on a vintage look.
Sweep. A sweep veil will just barely hit the ground behind you, and will be tailored to fit just right, along with your gown. Skinny sweep veils, attached at the base of the neck are gaining popularity among brides lately, and for good reason. They give an ethereal look and a romantic feel. Sweep veils are sure to make you look and feel like a bride, and are best for a more formal event, ie: not ideal for a beach or barn, or anywhere where you’ll be sweeping the floor (see what I did there…)
Chapel. Chapel veils essentially mean your veil will flare out behind you with your dress train. And if you go this route, you’ll want your dress to have at least a little bit of a train, too. They are stunning when walking down the aisle (or walking anywhere, really). They really do make a girl look like a walking dream, and make for gorgeous photos and fun photo ops. Functionality wise, they’re kind of a pain. I’d suggest ditching the veil as soon as you plan on bustling your dress up. Even more so than a sweep veil, chapel veils are best for formal weddings; think churches and ballrooms.
Cathedral. Cathedral veils are chapel veils on steroids. They extend way out past you and your train. They’re regal, formal, and probably best left to people like Kate Middleton. But if you’re planning an affair to match the royals, have at it! The pictures will be amazing, and you’ll look fit to be a queen. If there’s one day where you can get away with wearing something so fancy, it’s at your wedding. I’ll try my best not to roll my eyes when I see your photos. (But seriously, if you’re thinking about a cathedral, try on a chapel length first, it’s the practical version for those of us who are only queens on the inside).
Blusher. A blusher is a veil that comes down over your face for your wedding ceremony. There are two types really; the traditional kind where one layer of your veil flips over the front to cover your face, and then the kind that is essentially one big piece of fabric strategically placed on top of your head so that it covers your face and also extends down your back. Shorter blusher veils are a bit dated in my opinion, but they give a traditional bridal look, so if that’s your thing, go for it. The second and trendier version of the blusher veil look, which has blown up in the past few years thanks to Kim K’s third wedding to Yeezy, gives a glamorous and regal look. It’s romantic and dreamy, but again, best left to formal events. A good choice for those fashion forward brides, for sure.
Birdcage. Birdcage veils have ruled the bridal runway for the past decade. They’re inspired by the early 1900’s, but the trend came back with a vengeance. They’re classic, vintage and beautiful, and perfect for bride who wants the romantic headpiece without the weight of a veil. There are also about a million different options out there, so if you go with a birdcage veil you’ll still have quite a variety of styles to pick from. Before you shop, shop around your elders’ closets first. Grandma might just have one for you, so you could go ahead and cross some thing old off of your list too.
Flower Crown. Not into a veil? You’re certainly not alone. A lot of brides are ditching the veil altogether and replacing with flower accents. Recently flower headpieces have BLOWN up. They give a different bridal look for sure, but aren’t solely for the hippie bride anymore. Flower crowns are fitting for the beach, a garden, wineries, or that rustic venue. You’ll either love this look, or hate it, so if you’re on team flower crown, then you should seriously consider ditching the veil and going for this look instead. You can even test out the look using my DIY flower crown tutorial, here!
Have fun shopping around and trying on all of the different types and styles. Use your Pinterest boards and bridal magazines to see what you’re most drawn to, and then get out and about and start trying veils on (and dresses too, obviously). Struggling with what’s best for you? Let’s discuss! Wedding styling is one of my favorite services.
Love, Mrs. Newman