Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Choose the Perfect Veil: Part 2

In our first post of this series, we discussed the many different lengths of veils that brides can choose from. Today we're going to focus on the various edgings, embellishments and shapes available and how they differ. There seem to be endless combinations of these, but we're going to break it all down for you in a simple, accessible way. At least, that's our plan...

First, let's focus on shape. The way a veil drapes behind and around you is dependent on how the designer cuts and gathers the fabric. The shape of the cut, or pattern can be done in any number of lengths, but we'll be showing a variety here today.

Perhaps the simplest and most common style of veil is the straight cut- it falls straight down from the comb and is rounded at the bottom. It is typically gathered a great deal at the top- generally the top of the veil is as wide as the bottom, which creates the fanning effect as it falls down.

This shape looks great no matter the length- fingertip or cathedral or anything in between.
A simple variation on the straight cut involves creating a more circular shape, but just at the top. This creates a beautiful halo-effect as you can see in this photo:
Notice how the tulle surrounds the face a little more? It's so romantic! This particular shape works best with longer veils like the chapel-length veil pictured above.
Another really beautiful pattern is the circular veil- a style where the tulle is literally cut in a perfectly rounded shape and the comb is placed somewhere in the middle. This differs from the first two veils I've shown you, as the combs are places at the edge of the veil. When the comb is placed in the center, it creates a fold in the veil which causes a very elegant draping effect:
You can also pull the top layer forward to create a blusher:
A blusher is the veil that is worn in front. Not all veils have blushers, but almost all veils can be worn with one and it's easy to add to whatever your favorite veil happens to be.
Next,  I'd like to show you a simple oval veil with no gathers at the top:
This shape veil tends to be more narrow, as it doesn't have as much fabric gathered at the top. It's very elegant and simple and looks best with some type of trim such as the lace pictured above.
Finally, I'd like to show you a full, bubble-style veil. This kind of veil is cut very full and then stitched onto itself creating a bubble effect. It's a very fun, playful, whimsical look, great for a modern bride:
The other distinguishing detail to decide for your veil is the type of embellishment you prefer, or maybe you'd rather have non at all! We'll try to break it down to keep it simple for you!
Ribbon edges are perhaps some of the most common. In the picture above, on the left is a 1/16th inch ribbon and on the right is a 1/4 inch ribbon. Of course you aren't limited to these- whatever size a ribbon comes in, it can be used to trim a veil!
Similar to ribbon, another common edging is horsehair braid, also known as woven ribbon. It's a little stiffer, but more sheer than ribbon and has a very whimsical look to it.
Beading and rhinestones are becoming more and more common for veils, whether trimming just the edges of the veil as pictured above, or scattered all over like this veil:
Last, but certainly not least is the lace-trimmed veil:
Pictured above is Alencon lace on the left and Chantilly lace on the right, but there are any number of designs and types of lace that can be used to trim a veil. You can even applique pieces of lace in a scattered pattern across the veil. The possibilities are endless!
That's true of everything related to veils, actually- the possibilities are truly endless. From the exact shade of tulle used, to the length, to the shape, to the various trims you have to choose from- it can be overwhelming! We often find that for many brides it's harder to choose the veil than it is to choose the dress. That's why we recommend you make a Finishing Touches appointment with us, whether you bought your dress with us or not. We can have one of our stylists work with you to create the perfect wedding day look- she'll help you figure out exactly which veil is perfect for your unique dress.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the various shapes, lengths and trims used in making veils. Leave a comment below if you have any veil-related questions and we'll be happy to answer them for you!



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