Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How to Choose the Perfect Veil: Part 1

In our finishing touches appointments with our brides, we find that it is often more difficult to choose a veil than it is too choose a gown. It seems like it would be a simple thing to do, but in truth, most brides have never shopping for a veil. And while most have never shopped for a bridal gown, either, they've at least shopped for dresses of some kind, so they at least have a jumping off point of knowing roughly what silhouette they like, or whether or not they prefer lace or beading. Also, after stepping into the "one," it's often such an emotional reaction that brides get, that they just know. Veils can be a little trickier. After all, usually her first time shopping for a veil is also her only time. Over the next few weeks, we'll break down the mystery of finding the perfect veil for your bridal gown.

There are just as many veils as there are gowns, but they all break down into some combination of length, shape and edging. For this post, we're going to focus on length:

The shortest is typically known as "elbow" or "waist" length:

"Pixie" by Toni Federici
The next longest is known as "fingertip" length:
"Luxe" by Toni Federici 
Next comes "waltz" length, which typically falls somewhere between the knees and the ankles:
"Whimsy" by Toni Federici
The next longest length is called "sweep" and usually just brushes the floor:
"Blizzard" by Toni Federici
The next longest is called "Chapel" length and usually extends 12-36 inches behind:
"Swirl" by Toni Federici
Finally, the longest length veil is called "Cathedral" and extends at least 36 inches behind, but can go on for as long as you like. Princess Diana wore a Cathedral length veil that extended for nearly 24 feet! Our Cathedral veil below only trails about 6 feet and yet it's incredibly grand:
Veil by Pronovias
We hope this has been a helpful introduction to veil lengths for you. When it comes time to determine which length will look best with YOUR bridal gown, just call us and make a "Finishing Touches" appointment with one of our stylists. After all, shopping for a veil in anything other than your gown is practically impossible!
A general rule of thumb for all veils is that they should perfectly compliment your dress without competing with it. Long veils tend to be the most flattering as they tend to lengthen your appearance and show off your uninterrupted silhouette. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, otherwise there would be no need for short veils!
Check back again soon for our next veil-oriented post- you'll be a veil expert very soon!

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