September 11, 2015



You’ve finally found your wedding dress so you can kick back, breathe a huge sigh of relief and relax until your big day. However don’t forget that final touch that transforms you from basic to beautiful bride! It all comes down to choosing the right veil or headpiece. If you thought deciphering through dress shapes and fabrics was tough let me introduce your wedding veil choices….

Pouf – A gathered piece of tulle or netting that fastens to a comb or headpiece to create height for the veil

Blusher – A short single layer of veiling. It can be worn over the face for the ceremony and then either flipped over the head or removed afterwards

Chapel – A formal veil that extends to the floor. It’s often worn in combination with a sweep train and blusher for extra oomph. Usually 108 inches from the headpiece.

Cathedral – The creme de la creme of veils, the cathedral veil is probably the most formal. Normally 126 inches from the headpiece. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Royal Veil’

Finger Tip – Very popular length, particularly with ball gowns

Double Tier – A veil of two layers (either two veils or a veil and a blusher) usually of different lengths

Elbow – As the name implies, this type of veil extends to the bride’s elbows

Fountain – This veil is gathered at the crown of the head to create a cascading effect around the face. Usually of shoulder or elbow length

Mantilla – A long spanish-style circular piece of lace that frames the face. Made of lace or lace-edged tulle

Birdcage – Also known as a cage veil, Birdcage veils are typically a 9 inch piece of netting that drapes off the side of the head

There may be quite a choice but as soon as you try on a few of these styles you’ll know exactly which suits you, your dress and your style. We stock Joyce Jackson veils here at Alice May Bridal in Kilternan so all the images are available and can be ordered in ivory, off-white and cream. Joyce Jackson create exquisite bespoke wedding veils in only the finest fabrics. With over a 100 designs to choose from they can be tailored to your choice of length, fabric and finish. Happy veil shopping!


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