We all know why we wear diamond engagement rings, why men get down on one knee to propose, why brides wear white dresses and why do we cut the wedding cake but do we know why the bride wears a massive sheet of chiffon along with her wedding outfit. Well, you are about to find out. Veils came into practice at different points in different cultures, and have seen many ups and downs in their popularity. But here are the main reasons and theories behind a bride’s need to wear a veil. In some cultures brides wear veils to ward off demons and bad eyes. The tradition of wearing wedding veils is believed to be started during Roman times, when brides were covered from head to toe in a massive red veil called ‘flammeum’. The Romans flagged off this tradition because they were scared of evil spirits popping into the ceremony to curse the couple. They thought that making it appear like the bride was on flames would scare them off.
This belief eventually progressed into using the veil to confuse spirits, and slowly white transparent veils started taking the place of dreading and unattractive red veils. The Romans figured that by covering up the bride’s face, the spirit would not be able to make their attack as they would not be sure who the bride actually was. Later the veils were used to cover the bride’s face and to hide it from the public. Veils were then preferred to hide the bride’s identity. But this time, she wasn’t protecting who she was from spirits but to keep her face a secret from her groom. In early weddings, when marriages were arranged entirely by relatives especially by the father, with the bride given away in exchange for money and goods, dads giving away their daughters wanted to hide their face until the last possible minute, so that a less attractive bride would not spoil the agreement. This practice gave way to the tradition that decrees that groom cannot see their bride before the wedding. Another interesting veil trivia is that brides wore veils so they could not run away; veils and trains were used to weigh down the bride and prevent them from running away when they met their new husband for the first time. Brides wear veils to symbolize their virginity is another ancient belief. The white veils like the bridal gowns also represented innocence, purity and virginity. Yet another fascinating veil fact is that brides have their veils lifted by the groom as a sign of ownership. Just like a person un-wrapping the gift box is perceived the owner of the gift.
So through the ages, tradition further got amended that father of the bride must lower the veil on his daughter’s face, in order to gift her to her new husband. Once they are about to get married, the husband can then lift the veil, symbolizing the exchange of ownership.
Here is a list of styles that are trending and that are going to take the center stage in 2018.The following trends are some stunning styles based on the length of the veil.
These veils are the shortest length among the lot and have enjoyed huge popularity in the last few years. This is a retro style but has made a great comeback these days. There is quite a bit of variety within birdcage veils. The common trait of these veils is the birdcages or the net fabric just covering the eyes or extending down to the chin. These veils are super stylish and low-hassle and easy to manage. Birdcage veils can be made more glamorous by using crochet or crystals on the net.
As the name suggests the length of shoulder length veils are till the shoulder; ending anywhere from your shoulders to the middle of your back. Shoulder lengths are considered the ideal length and are more commonly found these days. This suits brides who are fashion-forward bride and needs something not too long or not too short. Go for this trend if you have detailing on your dress that you would like to show off, but you still want that dash of tradition. This can be made more ethereal and fun by making it flyaway veil, which has more than one layer and just brushes the shoulders and is great for a modern or chic wedding.
Elbow length veils are quite nostalgic because for many of us they remind us of our first communion dress. They are elegant, classy and easy to handle, and can be made very romantic by combining it with blusher. It imparts the grace and drama of full length veils minus the trouble of carrying a full-length train around with you. These are perfect for a full dress or ball gown as they end just above the point where the skirt of your gown begins and thus the skirt is not concealed. They are also ideal for a daytime setting and are quite an informal veil.
Everyone around the world was awed by Kate Middleton and her wedding outfit back in 2011. The fingertip veil that she used was a stunner and thanks to Kate, the trend is still in vogue. The length of the veil is up till the fingertip of the bride. This is the veil flatters most brides and their dresses, and as a result is the still one of the most popular wedding trend.
Ballet length veil looks as grand as the gown itself and is heavenly. It can be used to augment your gown, especially when you have a gown which is simple below the waste. You don’t see this trend as often as some of the other styles and that makes it very unique. You will get all the charm of the longer veil varieties, without worrying about tripping over yourself. This trend is also called waltz-length because you can wear this veil and still be able to dance.
Chapel-length veils go all the way to the ground; it is often referred to as sweep veil as it sweeps the floor as it moves. These veils do not have a train but may drape a little. Chapel length veils ideally suit is formal weddings, and looks incredibly charming and elegant. The bride will look nothing short of princess. The veil can be made more angelic by adding a blusher or an elbow-length veil for two-or three-tiered loveliness.
A blusher is somewhat similar to shoulder-length veils, but technically a blusher is the bit that stands in front of your face as you walk down the aisle, and that can be any length from birdcage to much longer. Blushers are the part of the veil that bride’s father lifts before presenting her to the groom. This is tradition is almost a history, no one these follow this particular ritual. The tradition is lovely it can be a bit of a surreal experience. If you want this ritual at your wedding, make sure that you are wearing a blusher veil.
A two-tier veil also known as double-tier veil is simply one that has two lengths of veil combined. It is usually a long veil and a blusher combined. Veils can also go to three tiers, which is a lot more dramatic and beautiful than it sounds like it would be. Usually these tier veils are made detachable so that after the ceremony, for the reception and dance the bride don’t have to struggle with the yards of fabric on her head.
Mantillas are flamboyant at the same time downright gorgeous. This veil will not work with all the dresses; do not use mantillas on dresses which has many layers or big trains.
A mantilla is a circular piece of lace; usually it is tulle with heavy lace edging that is held in place with a comb to frame face. However, this look can also be combined with a more traditional veil to retain the traditional lengths and shapes but with the pretty lace-edged look.
Do you like the veil trends of the 60’s and 70’s, do you want to bring the vintage charm to your wedding? Then go for a puff veil. Pouf veils or the bubble veils constitutes of tulle that gathers to a hairpiece, creating height and the feathery tulles cascading down the brides shoulders. These veils can be made into any length, but it is ideal keep it short. If you refer long veil, make the tulles a little thin so that your head will not resemble a lion’s mane.
This style is not for every bride; make sure you can pull off this look before fixing the style. But puff veils will look enthralling if it is paired with the right gown.
The Juliet cap s associated with 1920’s and 1930’s. This trend gets its name from name from Romeo and Juliet because it was first depicted in Shakespeare’s book as Juliet wearing it. This look was rocked by many celebrities like Grace Kelly, Linda Christian and Jacqueline Kennedy. The trend which slowly faded off was taken off again by Kate Moss, who sported the look at her boho-chic wedding. Juliet cap is a long thin veil and as the name suggests forms a cap over the bride’s head. The style mostly suits hair left open and it is ideal for short hair.
Here are some veil varieties based on the adornments used in it
Rhinestones veils come in many varieties and length. The veil could be hemmed with rhinestones or it could be scattered over the veil. If you are going for a rhinestone hemmed model it is better to opt for a short length, as it would require a lot of rhinestones to hem long lengths of fabric and also in longer veils the rhinestones would go unnoticed. If you want both rhinestone and long veil go for scattered design.
Crochet is a centuries old handicraft technique, where a yarn is made up into a textured fabric by means of a hooked needle that transforms any piece of cloth into a masterpiece. Even though crochet designs are used in most veils especially on the hems, people rarely opt for a full crochet veil. This veil will not be as transparent as other veils, but if you want a traditional look you can go for this trend.
Adding intricate embroidery to a veil makes it celestial and sublime. Although do not use this style in 2 or 3 tier veils or tulle veils, the charm of the embroidery can only be clearly viewed when it is done on a simple veil.
This is very similar to rhinestone designs but here rhinestones are replaced with pearls. Sometimes rhinestones are added to make it more scintillating. Pearls are more expensive than all other decorative materials used in veil therefore it is ideal to mix it with adornments like rhinestones.
Veils are indispensable part of a wedding outfit but make sure that you are wearing it because you really want it. Do not wear it out of compulsion or just to adhere to the traditions; there are many brides who completely chuck the tradition out of their outfit. If you are planning to wear a veil; before buying it make sure that you fix the wedding dress. Unless you are wearing a family veil, it is always safe to choose and design the veil according to the dress, not the other way around. Make sure your veil does not overshadow your dress; they should only complement each other. There is no point in wearing a gown with lot of back detailing and a triple-tier cathedral length veil that completely hides the detailing. If you have your heart torn between two types of veil; get two veils and wear one for the ceremony and the other for reception or photo-shoot.