Here at the Attic Bridal Wear Boutique we've been busy bees making wedding veils to suit every bride and so we have compiled a simple guide to the different types of veils.
The Birdcage Veil
The first type of veil we are looking at is the Birdcage Veil, originally popular in the 1930's and 40's all vintage inspired brides will be delighted to know it's making it's comeback. An alternative option for bride's who don't want the traditional long veil.
The Birdcage Veil can be divided into three categories; The Birdcage, The Blusher and The Bandeau. All three are made from netting or tulle which frames the face. The Birdcage Veil is positioned further back on the head, often to the side and generally covered most of the face, falling around the tip of the nose.
This birdcage veil is available in Attic Bridal Boutique, wore here in Hermitage Green's music Video for "Jenny".
Another type of Birdcage veil is the Bandeau Veil. This style is generally pinned to either side of the head and can cover the entire face or just the forehead.
For brides looking for a more traditional veil, without it being too long the Flyaway and Shoulder Length veils are for you. Although quiet similar, the flyaway is typically a short style of veil which is constructed from many tiers of tulle. The tulle used in this veil is generally stiffer to give that dramatic flyaway effect. The Flyaway veil sits around the 18" inch mark, while the shoulder length can measure anything from 20" to 27", falling just around the shoulders.
Incorporated into the shoulder length veil can be a blusher veil. The Shoulder Length veil is often referred to as the Madonna due to how it falls around the face. Both of these styles are seen as informal and were popular during the 1960's. One of the most famous Flyaway veil's was worn by Priscilla Presley when she married Elvis on May 1st 1967.
The Next veil we are looking at is the Elbow Length veil. As it suggests, the Elbow Length veil falls just around your elbow, measuring around the 28"-36" mark. This is a casual veil style and was very popular during post war 1950's. It is one of the most popular style of veils, it particularly suits shorter brides as it gives length but doesn't swamp the bride in fabric. A blusher veil can also be included into this style.
The Fingertip Veil is longer than the elbow length again and falls around the fingertips. The Fingertip veil is meant to float around you like a Cape and generally measures at 36"-48". This style was most popular during the 1940's and 1950's. It is a more formal style of veil and suits taller brides.
This style was made popular in recent years when Kate Middleton wore it down the aisle as she married Prince William in 2011.
The Ballet/Waltz Veil
The Ballet veil is also know as the Waltz veil, getting it's name from the idea that you can Waltz while wearing it. Typically, it falls between your knees and calves measuring in at anything from 56" to 72" in length. Another name for this veil is the "Walking Veil".
A modern version of the Juliet cap is the Headband or Wrap Veil which is knotted under the ear or at the back of the neck. Celebrities who have worn these style are Lily Allen, Kate Moss and Anne Hathaway.
Saving the best for last are the two longest styles of veils, the Chapel Length and The Cathedral Length veils. The Chapel Length Veil falls just at the floor at "108 and is made from a wider piece of tulle to give the fuller effect.
The Cathedral Length on the other hand is the longest of all veils as it surpasses the length of your dress and train. It is the most formal and the most dramatic of all the veil types. It is generally worn when a bride is to be married in a church or in a venue with a long aisle. A typical length for a cathedral veil is 144" long.
Celebrities who have worn this type of veil are Grace Kelly, Katie Holmes and Kim Kardashian.
However the most famous is Princess Diana wedding veil which was almost 8 meters long!