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Types of Wedding Veils

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For upcoming brides, the focus during wedding planning often is centered around the wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, the ceremony details, and wedding decor. The wedding veil may be forgotten completely until the bride starts planning her hairstyle for her special day. Then, the temptation is to either forgo the veil or grab a plain veil from the nearest bridal shop. There are so many choices for wedding veils. Brides can find the perfect wedding veils to complement any style of wedding dress.

The mention of “wedding veils may invoke the image of plain nettings of nothingness. However, veils have come a long way. The perfect veil can be an extraordinary finishing touch for the bride’s look. Recently, many celebrity brides have worn creative and stylish veils during their weddings. For those who are not familiar with all that a wedding veil can be, here are some examples of types of wedding veils.

A birdcage veil is the shortest type of veil. These veils are just long enough to cover the eyes. Some are worn with a slanting edge that may cover the nose and end to the side of the chin. Two other common types of veils are the shoulder-length, also called the flyaway, and elbow-length wedding veils. A fingertip-length veil is an elegant, classic choice for a traditional bridal look. This is the type of veil that was worn by Kate Middleton.

Ballerina or ballet-length veils are slightly longer than the fingertip-length veil. Many brides who like long veils opt for the ballet length since they are long while being very manageable and not likely to become burdensome. The chapel-length veil extends onto the floor behind the bride. The longest type of veil is the cathedral-length veil. While the chapel-length may extend to the floor a couple inches past the bridal gown, the cathedral-length extends much farther. If the bride is wearing a long gown with a train, the cathedral veil might sweep across the floor beyond the train.

The bride is not limited to choosing a veil based on length. There are unique styles that cannot be described in terms of length. The mantilla is a circular piece of fine netting that has a bold lace edge. A mantilla is held in place with the help of combs. The bride’s face should be framed with the lace edging. A juliet cap is a lace headpiece to with a veil is attached. The juliet cap was a traditional style that is making a comeback.

A bouffant veil is a section of tulle that is gathered at the back of the head to create a retro poufy look. In addition to choosing the best wedding veil length to complement her dress, the bride may have some gorgeous options such as satin or lace edging or double or even triple tiered looks. When choosing the color of the veil, try to select one that is the same exact color as the wedding dress or a shade lighter.

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Wedding Expert Minute Tip 13 – To Veil or Not To Veil

As most traditional practices go, when it comes to wedding attire and protocol, whether to veil or not to veil is the question. Whether you are a traditionalist or prefer the contemporary approach, veils are not a wedding necessity. Should you choose to adorn your head and add to the mystique for your groom, veils both …

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How To Be A Truly Traditional Bride

Classic beauty never goes out of style – if you’ve always longed for a traditional wedding with all of the bells and whistles, you’ll need a wedding gown that is truly timeless.

Traditional brides keep it classy – nothing is too flashy, bodices don’t dip too low for good taste, and wedding shoes, veils, and accessories are simple and elegant.

If you’re looking for tips on becoming the most classic, lovely bride you can be, you’ll enjoy our quick guide to timeless beauty for today’s traditional brides:

Rituals And Traditions Will Add Meaning To Your Wedding

Today, traditional brides always choose white bridal gowns – this ritual began in Victorian England, and it was instituted by Queen Victoria, who believed in the purity and angelic symbolism of pure white.

Other early 19th century rituals were also taken into account before brides-to-be selected their wedding dresses – for example, it was considered unlucky to marry in a gown you made yourself. The truly traditional bride will always choose a bridal dress created by someone else…

If you dream of a very traditional wedding day, the charming custom of wearing “something old and something new, something borrowed, something blue” should also be a part of your wedding rituals.

Something old symbolizes your old life as a single woman…and something new illustrates your journey into a new life as a married woman.

Something borrowed echoes the influences of your friends and family…something blue is derived from ancient Jewish wedding traditions…this soothing color is believed to be a symbol of faithfulness in love…

English brides in the Victorian Age also put a silver coin (sixpence) in their shoe…this tradition was believed to bring good luck and material success to the new couple after their wedding…

Traditional Beauty Is Simple And Feminine…Never Overdone…

Creating traditional beauty in your wedding ensemble can be as simple as wearing a circlet of wildflowers in your hair…brides in the Emerald Isle followed this ritual for centuries.

If you prefer a classic veil, you may enjoy knowing that it is symbolic of chastity! The first wedding veils worn in ancient Greek ceremonies were yellow – in Rome, they were red!

Simple makeup and soft, touchable hair are the hallmarks of the classic bride – whether you hair is worn up or down – both styles are quite traditional – it should be classic and feminine. Flushed cheeks (a cheek tint like Benefit`s will work so well!) and rosy lips (without a great deal of eye makeup!), will evoke classic beauty.

Don`t wear too much powder – keep your skin youthful and dewy with a great moisturizer…blotting papers are a cute, and very traditional, way of cutting shine without adding more powder!

Look at works of art from online gallery tours – women of previous centuries were always captured while showing off flowing curls, luminous skin, and natural beauty.

A fake spray tan may look great at the beach, but it won’t really evoke classic beauty at your wedding. It’s all about making the most of your natural hair texture and your God-given coloring!

Embrace your own beauty with a classic wedding gown, elegant veil, and dainty wedding bands.

Other Fun Wedding Traditions To Enjoy

Today, many brides also follow the ritual of not being seen by their groom-to-be before the wedding – being spotted by your future husband before you walk down the aisle is thought to be bad luck.

In certain cultures, a ritual bath is practiced by brides before they are dressed in their wedding gowns – this cleansing ceremony is believed to purify the bride-to-be before her marriage.

Plan Your Trousseau

This fun tradition is French in origin – the word trousseau mean “bundle”. Your trousseau is a special set of clothing and accessories, designed to be worn on your honeymoon. If you’re interested in wedding rituals, you’ll truly enjoy filling a trunk or suitcase with a “bundle” of new items! This may not be as wonderful as finding perfect wedding dresses, but it can still be very fulfilling! Traditionally, the bundle may also include some new items for the home…

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at traditional bridal rituals. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life…if you value the rituals of the past, add in some of them to your own wedding day. You’ll connect with history and symbolism as you prepare to start a whole new chapter in your life!