Of all the wedding accessories you can don on your wedding day, nothing says “Here Comes the Bride” more than the bridal veil. Traditional veils have been making a comeback recently, and we are also still seeing a lot of the more fashion forward styles like birdcage veils and fascinators. This is a look at some of he different types of veils from which you can choose.
If you are really, really fortunate, somewhere in your grandmother’s attic is a 19th Century Belgian lace veil, like the one seen in the photo above. The workmanship of these fine lace veils is absolutely impeccable, and an heirloom veil is definitely a wonderful “something old” for the bride. And if your family doesn’t happen to have a trunk packed with fine handmade lace, no problem. You can always order a newly made version. Because the lace design is all over the veil, not just around the border, it looks especially lovely with a very simple wedding dress.
Another option is to go the other direction: pair a simple veil with a more elaborate wedding dress. This classic sheer fold over is absolutely lovely. It is sheer enough that the bride’s radiant face and pretty pearl wedding necklace are still plainly visible, yet it provides the traditional look of a blusher. After the ceremony, just push the blusher to the back. Much like the gauzy lenses they use to film soap opera stars through, the tulle over your face gives it a softness that it truly lovely.
If traditional is not your style, consider one of the little whimsical veils that have become so popular over the last several years. Personally I love how brides have become so creative in choosing how to veil themselves for their ceremony. It is also interesting to see chic little birdcages paired with everything from classic lace gowns to retro frocks and everything in between.
And if you just don’t want to wear tulle at all, no problem. There are some stunning bridal headpieces out there which can be worn independently (although many of them can also be worn with a veil if you prefer). The jeweled bridal headband is a fabulous accessory with many different types of dresses. It works equally well with hair worn loose or pulled back. For a more whimsical effect, opt for a feathery fascinator of some sort. The British royal wedding has really brought fascinators into the public imagination, and they can be a lot of fun on the right bride. Whatever you ultimately decide, just be sure to select a veil or headpiece that suits both your wedding dress and your personality.