About Bride Chic
In an era of short pouf veils and perky little fascinators... are long veils perchance becoming history? I doubt it. For some traditional brides wearing a veil
-the longer the better-- is what being a bride is all about. For Red Carpet Brides especially, the focus has been on long, sweeping veils
. Chelsea Clinton wore a long one last July and a couple weeks back, Kate Middleton
, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a waltz length (although we expected something much longer). For big weddings there's usually the expectation of a long veil.
So what defines long?
Let's start at the ‘finger tip’ length (most popular) and work all the way down to the twenty-five foot cathedral.
- Most popular length; can be worn by nearly every figure type with most silhouettes. Two-tier fingertip veil
- Falls anywhere between knee and ankle.
- Considered formal. Extends about a two feet beyond the hemline.
- Most formal. Extends three feet or more beyond the hem.
- Two layers, typically the shorter one a blusher but not always.
If you're considering a long bridal veil, here are a few quick tips
to finding the one:
• Pair an ornamental bridal gown
with a simple veil, like one layer of tulle with narrow edging or no edging at all.
• Lace veils or veils edged with wide borders should be word with an unadorned wedding dress
• Does your dress have exquisite details in back? Then a layer of tulle (preferably a dropped style that doesn’t crease or fold across your back) veil is your best choice. Tulle is your go-to fabric, because it’s transparent enough without being so opaque to fog eye-catching details.
• If your gown has no train, wearing a chapel or cathedral length veil can create one—especially elegant when bordered in wide-edged lace or there’s a concentration of lacework on the train portion.
How long with your bridal veil be?
Will you go long and dramatic or short and sweet? Post a comment to let us know!