The perfect bridal veil will enhance a beautiful wedding gown in many ways, so choose your dress before you design a veil. As an accessory that accents the fine details of the wedding dress, the perfect veil will also be in correct proportion to the length of the gown. Most designers use veils with layers that end just above or below the focal point of the dress.
Select Your Headpiece
Before choosing or designing a veil, you will also need to select your headpiece in order to be able to measure correctly for the layers of the veil. Depending on your hairstyle, the headpiece might be worn anywhere from the front of the head close to bangs, in the middle of the head toward the crown, or possibly low in the back of the head under an updo style. You’ll need to measure from the headpiece position for each layer.
Choose Your Layers
Now you’re ready to choose the number of layers in the veil and whether you want a blusher. A blusher is the layer of the veil that is worn over the face during the ceremony and can be made detachable with hook and loop fasteners. It typically ends right at the bust line. One-tier veils do not have a blusher layer and are often used in less formal weddings. They look good on the back of the head and work well with an upswept hair style. Two-tier veils enhance almost any wedding gown and may have a blusher layer. Often seen with formal and semi-formal gowns, two-tier veils create more volume and a bigger frame for the face while adding some drama to the ensemble.
When you’re ready to choose the length of your veil layers, you may encounter some of the following terms traditionally used to describe different types of bridal veils:
- Shoulder length – about 20?
- Elbow length – about 30?
- Fingertip length – about 36? – 45?
- Chapel length – 90?
- Cathedral length – 120?
- Monarch cathedral length – over 120?
Shorter brides are often advised to choose an elbow-length veil while taller figures may look better with a fingertip length veil. If you gown has a train, may want to look at chapel or cathedral length veils to compliment the proportions of the gown.
Design the Details
Now you can enjoy finding the right fabric and embellishments for your veil. Most designers advise matching the color of the wedding gown or going a shade lighter if necessary for the veil.