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How to Wear Antique Wedding Veils with Modern Bridal Wear

Updated on December 23, 2017
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Vintage fashion is my hobby because I am fashion conscious and try to be unique. My personal signature? Wearing vintage-inspired apparel.

Incorporating traditional veil styles of the past into contemporary bridal wear is an opportunity to blend and twist the old with the new.

Wearing vintage or even antique wedding veils with bridal gowns creates a fashion statement in regards to wedding apparel.

A bride that wants to look different and chic on her wedding day must appear in anything but the ordinary.

"Florence (Cooee) Blume on her wedding day in Brisbane" in 1931 wearing a beautiful (now antique) veiw
"Florence (Cooee) Blume on her wedding day in Brisbane" in 1931 wearing a beautiful (now antique) veiw | Source

Granted, there are beautiful wedding veils that are fashionable and many girls dream bridal headpiece, but there are ladies like you that love to make a different fashion statement.

They like to stand out in clothing and accessories that catch people’s attention.

Showing off, if some want to call it so, but that’s their own opinion. Bold fashionistas must dress smartly in unusual, stylish and tasteful ways without a care in the world.

Antique Bridal Headpieces - 19th and 20th Century

Nothing today beats the glamour and chic of the past, especially fashion styles of the 20's to the 40's. These periods are characterized by apparel that was made to look sexy, slinky and sultry.

By the 20's, antique wedding veils and bridal headpieces became more and more elaborate in contrast to the simplistic appearance of the rather loose cut sexy wedding gowns of the period.

The top notch antique wedding veils of the time were the Cloche or Cap veils. They fitted the entire head and then fell gracefully over the shoulders.

A 1953 Bride . . .
A 1953 Bride . . . | Source

These wedding veils were made from the finest Brussels lace, but most were produced from net backed lace which was decorated with satin, or sometimes, velvet ribbon. They usually came with wax blossoms at the ears and a veil that has rounded corners.

You can wear a headpiece fashioned after Cloche hats with bridal dress styles such as the chemise style, or tea length tube dress style of the 20's that was worn with opaque stockings.

Later periods such as the 50s and 60s had styles that seemed more suited to a playful look. Wedding veils evolved into yards of silk tulle that was often photographed in a graceful gather at the bride's feet.

You can wear this style of bridal veil with a body-hugging wedding gown, with or without sleeves, but with either a considerably low neckline or very a high neck clasping gown.

 Blending the Old Veil Styles with Modern Wedding Gowns

Naturally, as the US and Europe began to merge many different cultures into their societies, wedding headgear became more open for fashion interpretation.

And today, integrating styles and customs of other cultures, the old with the new; can make your wedding ceremony become an elaborate and classic affair.

But you may need to look out for some great ideas to create your look if you don’t have the natural flair for putting the right things together fashion wise.

To find some great ideas to open up and broaden your interest in vintage style weddings,

  • Watch the good old classic movies.
  • Go to libraries and look through fashion books and journals about a century (or more) old.
  • Search through old magazines if you can find them (as old as fifty to seventy years publications).
  • Search online for posters and photographs of fashion of a past era.
  • Go to thrift stores and rummage through tons of vintage stuff such as books, photos, journals, sketches, etc...

Study the styles of decades past. It will help you reach a decision on which style best suits the bridal look you desire.

Using antique wedding veils or bridal headpieces successfully doesn’t necessarily mean recreating a period costume that falls within a particular era. That will make you look so much like you are dressed up for a fancy dress or costume party.

On the contrary, you can mime the beauty of styles of antique veils gone past, and mix them with contemporary or more modern bridal apparel.

Custom Made Antique Style Veils and Headpieces

To wear antique wedding veils well, you need a sultry and glamorous look bridal dress typical of the early 19th-century fashionable style.

But you’ll probably discover that finding the exact style of bridal headpieces that you desire may pose a challenge.

This is due to the popularity of twentieth-century style apparel. Everyone wants an authentic vintage or antique piece of bridal apparel but as is to be expected, the demand far outweighs the supply.

There just isn't enough out there to find to purchase.

Having your veil custom made is the best option, and there are bespoke custom tailors who are specialists in producing made-to-measure bridal wear including veils and headpieces, using the finest fabrics and embellishments reminiscent of antique and vintage bridal apparel.

Look Different from the Typical

Your wedding gown can be enhanced with a vintage veil or if it’s a dress, it can be worn with a pretty antique bridal veil or headpiece.

You don’t have to look like every other bride that appears on every front cover of today’s bridal fashion magazines.

You can also wear antique wedding veils with vintage inspired wedding gowns. It’s a fantastic way to look different and elegant in a way that shows off your personal style.

Remember that looking good today involves a trendy fashion twist of styles from the past with clothing of the present.


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A 1940 wedding veil
A 1940 wedding veil | Source

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      Stephanie 5 years ago

      I love the veil but I love the dress even more and this is something I would like to have for my wedding do you perhaps have the full body picture of that dress?

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      Megan Johnson 5 years ago

      I must have the dress and head piece shown in the photo ! We are having an Earth Pagan wedding ceremony on June 6, 2012 and this is the dream dress for me!

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      Hello 2uesday, so nice to see you here.

      Thank you for the kind comments and for your visit.


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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Beautiful wedding ideas the right veil can real make the dress look even more special. A very elegant page full of nice ideas for brides to be.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hi silkveil, thanks for visiting and your nice comments.

      Period weddings seems to hold a fascination for me too. Especially the black & white or sepia photos.


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      silkveil 7 years ago from UK

      Gorgeous photos. I love pictures of period weddings!

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      hello Destination wedding photographer, thanks for your visit and your nice comments. Glad you like it.


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      Destination wedding photographer 7 years ago

      Vintage, antique, retro ... all that styles are so glamourous in terms of weddings. Very nice hub!

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Hi Debora, thank you for your visit. Lovely veil it is. Got your mail. many of these vintage or antique pieces are rare to find and are usually stumbled upon at vintage shops, garage or estate sales.

      However the good thing is that you can always have them custom made for you using a heavy off white or champagne lacework material that almost looks like crochet work, with tiny flower motifs or appliques and pearls settings.

      It will be your own unique piece.

      Hope this helps.


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      Debora Glenn 8 years ago

      how do I get a veil and see the dress on the ventage dress shown