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The Veil and Other Adornments

Nothing says traditional like the gossamer sheen of a white veil. While trends fluctuate, and style conforms to context, the veil will always remain timeless. Traditionally, the veil has always alluded to purity; a layer of white brilliance that with the words, “I do,” is thrown back, actualizing the marriage. Today, while the symbolic resonance of the veil may have less relevance, it is still a timeless component of any bride’s ensemble. The design of the veil, or how one chooses to wear it, is reflective of the main attraction: the wedding dress. The veil should complement the particular style of the dress, without overwhelming it. It is an accompaniment, not the centrepiece. Like a mathematical equation or the measuring of ingredients for the perfect pastry, the dress and veil should be proportionate, accentuating the entire look on whole. To make the task of choosing your chapeau, we’ve provided a brief “guide” to make veil selection facile.



The Blusher:

This veil resonates that of 1920’s elegance. It is a loose veil that that is worn across the face, falling just below the chip, and, after the ceremony, is turned back. The Blusher is versatile and highly wearable because of its length and simplicity.



The Flyaway:

The Flyaway is similar to the Blusher in terms of its length, usually falling under the chin or just above the shoulders. However, its multiple layers that give it the extra “Va Va Voom” and volume, make it more suitable or a rather informal dress, or, perhaps, a dress that is chic in its simplicity.



The Fingertip:

With this veil, the description is in the name. The Fingertip dress, traditionally, entails several long, elegant layers that halt approximately at fingertip length. This veil is perhaps the most recognisable as the perfect adornment to the traditional wedding ensemble.




For a truly lavish headpiece, look no further than the Ballet-length veil, which falls to the bride’s calves or ankles. This veil can either be layered or fall in one single sheet of lace.



Chapel-length and Cathedral Length Veils:

When you think of a royal wedding, think of these two types of cascading accomplishments that extends far past the bride’s ankles. The Chapel length veil cascades 2 1/3 yards from headpiece; the Cathedral-length pushes this even further, flowing at least 3 1/2 yards from headpiece. This veil length is either for those who seek the timelessness of a traditional wedding, or the extra touch of opulence that makes the bride’s entrance even more impressionable.



While the wedding veil is undoubtedly a remedy for a bride who wants the elegance of tradition, there are many more alternatives that are as equally glamorous. In our contemporary time period, many brides find themselves longing for the flare of a certain period wedding; the 1920s seem to be particularly alluring. As a period in time that is now celebrated for the sheer amount of design variety and exquisite style, it is no wonder that brides opt for pieces such as a vintage hair comb, or bobby pin as an alternative to the veil. For a touch of sparkle and flare, look no further than a crystal comb. This adornment sits at the side of the head, adding a subtle touch of luxury to the overall ensemble of the bride. And, for a truly classic look, you can absolutely never go wrong with pearls.


Of course, the context of the brides wedding has an affect on the choice of adornments. The headpiece is a reflection of the ideals of the bride in question. You wouldn’t pair a  1920’s comb piece with a bohemian composition, would you? For those seeking an almost muted, yet elegant addition to the bride’s overall appearance, look no further than your garden. A single, finely pruned flower makes for an exquisite accessory when sat at its rightful place on behind the bride’s ear, or tied together to make an organically derived crown. For dresses that are lightweight, and airy, feathers also make for wonderful additions to the ethereality of the dress.
No matter the embellishment you choose, ensure that it is a subtle complement to the overall look you are hoping to achieve. A cohesive wedding ensemble is not only ostensibly appealing, it is a mark of the fluidity of the wedding altogether.


Written by: Meghan E. Ingraham