How to Buy a Wedding Veil
The right veil enhances you and your wedding gown
By Jonathan Croswell
The wedding veil has its origins in marriage as a business transaction -- veils prevented the groom from seeing the bride before the ceremony and backing out of the deal with the bride's father if he didn't like the bride's looks. Ancient Romans believed the veil would protect the bride from spirits that might steal her chastity. Modern bridal veils enhance the bride's beauty instead of hiding her from the groom, and come in many styles and options.
- What You Need to Know
- Wedding veils come in several lengths. Choose one based on your height and the length and formality of your dress. Options are fly-away, bird cage, elbow-length, fingertip length and several variations on the floor-length chapel and cathedral length veils.
- Bridal veils come in many kinds of fabric and trim. Choose the one that enhances, but doesn't overpower, your look.
- You'll also be able to choose from the number of tiers you want your wedding veil to have. The more tiers, the heavier the veil, especially if it is trimmed with pearls, beads or rhinestones.
Match your wedding veil to your dress in terms of style, trim and length. If the dress has lace, the veil should as well. Choose whether you want such ornaments as pearls, rhinestones or beads. Keep the lengths of the gown and veil in proportion--dresses with trains such as chapel or cathedral length can be matched with longer veils.
Select a veil based on your height. A short woman, for example, can be overpowered by a cathedral veil, which trails on the floor.
Consider your hair style. The type of hair style you favor might limit the kind of veil you choose. Veils made of chiffon or with multiple tiers may be heavier than single tiers and require a secure hair style.
Choose the fabric. This is the factor that most affects cost. Tulle is the least expensive and lightest option. Chiffon is the heaviest fabric typically used for veils and is mid-rnge in price. Silk and lace are both between tulle and chiffon in terms of weight but are more the most expensive fabric choices.
Choose the number of tiers. Single-tiered or mantilla veils are popular, but two- and three-tiered veils are also worn. Additional tiers raise the price of the veil, and a heavier veil will also require a stronger hairstyle to secure it.
Choose the trim. Veils can be sewn with crystal beads, seed pearls, rhinestones and seed beads. Veils can be edged with rolled satin in colors or shades of white and ivory. Romantic veils can be trimmed in lace.
About the Author
Jonathan Croswell is a freelance writer who has worked on regional wedding publications.
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