How to choose a bridal veil

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The following helpful tips should assist you in answering any questions you may have in selecting a veil. Note: All photos were taken by us and are the exclusive copyrighted property of Princess Bride Tiaras.
bride wearing a veilPrincess Bride Veil Glossary:

Blusher: A shoulder-length layer of the veil that is worn over the face. Typically combined with other lengths and used for both formal and semi-formal weddings. Don't underestimate how much the blusher will soften and transform your appearance. This is the one item that will bring everyone to tears!
Elbow Length: Generally used for shorter gowns with out a train and will show off any detailing at the waist of the gown. Used for formal and semi-formal weddings.
Fingertip Length: Can be worn with any gown longer than tea length. It falls right at the fingertips of the bride if her hands are at her side and is used for formal and semi-formal weddings.
Cathedral Length: Should only be worn with cathedral length gowns. They are used for formal weddings and generally the veil will extend onto the floor at least six inches past the train.

Occasionally, we see in-between lengths from manufacturers, but these are harder to work with. In our shop, we found that it is easier to properly accent a gown with one of the four lengths listed above.

Veil Tips and Hints

  • The veil should accentuate and be proportional to the dress, not take away from its details. Your veil length should be cut just above or below any focal point on your dress. Don't choose a veil that ends right where your bodice begins. This cuts you in half visually. If you have a sharply defined waistline, don't choose a veil that ends right at the waistline.

  • Don't choose a short veil that might cover lavish details on the back of a gown if you want them shown off. A longer veil will put emphasis on the details. The tulle is sheer and easier to see through when it is long.

  • Blushers shouldn't be longer than 34 inches or they will tangle in your flowers and be difficult to lift during the ceremony. Sometimes blushers are detachable, but this is just another detail to get in your way. The most convenient method is to have the blusher sewn to the veil comb and simply fold it back as another layer.

  • For brides under 5'4", a fingertip veil is not recommended. This veil usually ends about mid-thigh on a petite woman and would visually cut your leg in half.

  • Two-tiered veils are best on nearly all people because they are fuller and will provide your face with framing on the sides. In our shop, when brides see themselves in a two-tiered veil, they are nearly always sold on the beauty of the effect.

  • An elbow length veil best compliments a dress with a full skirt. The veil should end below a low back but above the start of the skirt.

  • Long veils are now very much back in style. A cathedral length veil can create a more romantic or amorous look.

  • A veil should be attached to the tiara with velcro or snaps so it may be removed during the reception. There is nothing worse than getting a loving hug from a relative and feeling your veil pulled right out of your hair. Also, removing the veil and leaving on the tiara will make it clear later on in everyone's photographs just exactly who the bride is. Finally, you may want to dance and the veil will get in the way, but the tiara will not.