The Perfect Bride
The Perfect Bride
19126 Old Detroit Rd
Rocky RiverOH 44116
 (440) 331-5113

Veil Shopping 101

Veil Shopping 101

You've got the groom, the ring, the venue, flowers, and the perfect wedding dress. But you are still missing something. You've figured out every aspect of the big day, but your bride instincts are alarmed. What are you missing for your wedding? Perhaps, it is the very simplest of things — the veil. 

The veil is where you want to prance all around the bridal shop trying out every possible type. In the shop, you will also hear about what not to do when wearing a veil. 

Terminology 101 gives you botanic, classic, tiered, radiant, and vintage. Phrasings you will hear or read might include halos, combs, headbands, fascinators, and headwraps. So what the heck does it all mean? Well, it's about adding to the dress and crowning the head of the bride. 

What is History of the Veil?

It is a long tale which will be made brief here. Whenever looking into the lore, the word purity is always in proximity to the accessory. From the days when marriages were arranged, the veil was to obscure the bride's face, and not until the groom becomes the husband was he permitted to view his bride. However, veils nowadays represent something different. Today's wedding accessory is meant to highlight the bride, her face, hair, and complete the wedding dress.

Cathedral Veil is the longest stretching out for feet, not inches. This is the one you'll require assistance with, and will most likely remove before the first dance.

A quick guide to lengths of a veil for the bride is as follows:

  • Ballet or Waltz Veil is between the bride's fingertips and the floor.
  • The Birdcage is of no particular shape or size, uses netting, and is meant to frame the face and can be worn from the wedding through the reception.
  • Blusher Veil most often in tulle. Current distinction is that the length is above the shoulder, and meant to cover. 
  • The Chapel Veil is floor length plus a bit more.
  • Cathedral Veil is the longest stretching out for feet, not inches. This is the one you'll require assistance with, and will most likely remove before the first dance.
  • Elbow Length is aptly named, ending just at the elbow.
  • Fingertip Veil goes to the end of the digits. Flowing, yet not overwhelming or requiring assistance.
  • Juliet Cap is named after Shakespeare's heroine. Not only is it a mesh or crocheted headpiece but it's also short for Capulet.  
  • Shoulder Length veil is the fun, flippy kind with a retro 60s feel.

Find the perfect veil to match your dress! Contact us!

Now you'll know not snicker when someone asks, "Why are you wearing a birdcage on your head?" But if you have questions, then you can call us at The Perfect Bride with any questions you may have at 440-331-5113 today. Make sure to come into the store and check out all of the various veils. If you're interested in learning more about this topic, check out this handy veil guide from The Knot. 


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