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Vintage Wedding Veils and Headpieces
For the soon-to-be bride, finding the perfect veil for your particular style of wedding dress demands a little bit of patience and research, especially if you are very particular about how your wedding theme should come across.
A wedding themed after a vintage setting demands the right kind of dress or gown, paired with the right style of a veil to achieve the best effect, meaning your choice of veil must be in total harmony with your wedding dress.
Apart from giving you that 'something old' classic appearance, wearing a vintage inspired headpiece brings historical meaning and a characteristic beauty to the bride on her special day.
Classic Bridal Veils
Classic veils care either simple and elegant, or elaborate and dramatic, but mostly, it’s all about the length of the headpiece, its embellishments, and its exclusivity.
Simple ones include short shoulder length or elbow length veils while dramatic ones include those with ornately decorated skullcaps with ‘falling’ fabrics and sweeping floor-length trails such as the Chapel style genres.
Most authentic antique and vintage wedding veils are white, pearl, or off-white, but coloured varieties also are known to be popular among brides who wish to wear wedding outfits with colour.
1. Cathedral Wedding Veil
If you desire a regal stately look on your wedding day, the Cathedral styled veil is for you. Extending to a minimum of 12 inches (30cm) beyond a wedding gown's train, this ‘super-size’ vintage headpiece makes a bold statement and portrays a wedding that’s not only stylish but elegantly formal as well.
This long sweeping wedding veil drapes naturally to the ground and comes in single, double, or triple layers.
Also referred to as the ‘shimmer veil’, the it’s best worn if you are getting married in a large formal church with a long and fairly wide aisle. They look absolutely wonderful in the dim light of many traditional churches and large chapels and ‘come to life’ as the bride walks out into the sunlight and under the flash of paparazzi camera lights. Cathedral veil
This veil can be worn either at the top of the head or just at the back of it and for a very dramatic effect, a tiara can be added to give an elegant and royal touch.
(A good fabric to use is premium quality tulle and not the ones used for discount veils!)
Best styles of wedding dresses (in satin, silk, or lace) that work perfectly well with Cathedral veils includes:
- Ball gowns
- Trumpet style long gowns
- Mermaid style bridal wear
2. Cloche (or Cap) Bridal Headpiece
Cloche headpieces were the rave of the 1920s bride with many young ones favouring those made from lace fabric.
This bridal veil has a cap section that fits snugly over the entire scalp, sometimes encircled with beautiful fresh leaves and flowers (back then of course) that matched or complemented the bride’s bouquet.
Many were also made from silk materials which falling gracefully beyond the fitted ‘cap’ and down over the shoulders.
Today’s vintage inspired cloche (cap) veils are usually made from the finest lace and silk tulle fabrics with net backing. Popular trimmings and decorations include satin details, velvet ribbons, with faux flower blossoms at the ears.
3. Birdcage Bridal Headpieces
Simple yet stylish, birdcage bridal veils made their appearance in the post-war era of the 1940s.
Quite a popular choice of today’s brides, it’s a headpiece that kind of ‘hints’ at what beauty lies beneath the bride’s veiled face. Other names associated with this style of bridal veil is:
- Cage veils
- Cage blusher
- Face bridal veil
- Net veil
- Pouf wedding veils
Birdcage veils are very easy to DIY, and it is not uncommon to find brides who prefer to have theirs custom made, especially by those who are good at crafting clothing accessories.
4. Elbow Length Veils
Elbow length veils are best worn with long floor length wedding dresses and though some may wear them with shorter dresses, they don’t look half as good! Short wedding dresses look better paired with shoulder-length veils.
Their design connects from a headpiece and extends down to the elbows and not an inch further.
You will find that many who wish to have a simple informal wedding mainly opt for elbow-length bridal veils. This is because they lend a graceful look to a bridal outfit without that ‘overpowering’ or ‘overshadowing’ effect most veils may have on some wedding gowns.
5. Gothic Style Veils
Blend the Past with the Present
You can incorporate elements of the past with the present to create a personal and unique bridal style that’s vintage inspired. You need not go head-to-toe vintage though
Also, you don't necessarily need to recreate a period costume or even stick to a particular decade. You can mix the bygone creations of wedding veils with today’s new designs of couture bridal gowns and see a transformation in stylish couture. You definitely won’t end up looking like a "high street buy-and-wear dressed" bride.
Make Your Own Bridal Veil
Finding an authentic vintage wedding veil is almost impossible, and even if you do find one, not only would have been an uphill task, it might probably have been fairly expensive too.
So if you are a bride on a tight budget but don’t want that off-the-rack look, you can make your own vintage-inspired wedding veil or get one that’s custom made to your own specifications.
Making a wedding veil is fairly easy and requires only a few steps but if you feel that making your own will be an overwhelming task, you can assign the task to your mother, sister, friend, or your maid of honour; it is certain that at least one of them will have creative ‘fingers’ good enough to sew and tack.
- A pair of scissors
- Bridal hair comb (or a tiara with a comb)
- Faux pearls (or diamante)
- Faux flowers
- Fabric glue
- Needle and thread
Ensure you choose soft fabrics; not the stiff and scratchy type materials. After you’ve made a decision on the veil’s length, follow these four tips.
- For a shoulder-length veil, you will need 24 inches of fabric
- Waist length will require about 32 inches
- For fingertip length, you will need 40 inches
- Floor length will vary, depending on your height and how far behind you wish it to sweep
If ever in doubt about what style veil to choose, look to the past century's styles and you'll find something that best suits the look you want. And remember, you don’t have to be shy about what you have chosen.
Vintage inspired wedding veils don’t have to be the long lace pieces only, but they must, however, fulfil the age-old purpose of creating a delicate innocent bridal look.
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