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Lifting the Veil

Author: Kimberley Cathline de Rodríguez

A classic and popular addition to the Bridal ensemble is the wedding veil, and your special day marks the one and only occasion to wear this distinct accessory. There is nothing quite like the unique moment before you walk down the aisle, when your veil is carefully put into place and you embody the full transformation into Bride.

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Photo: Brides.com

The soft flow of a cascading veil creates something romantic and reminiscent of fairytales. But this traditional accessory can also have a couture look, a vintage spin, or a modern twist. Choosing to wear a veil also provides an opportunity to extend the style of your gown and the theme of your wedding, and your individual selection will likely largely depend on these two factors. Here are some photos that offer some inspiration for your own wedding day ensemble.

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Photos: stylemepretty.com

The Traditional Wedding Veil is created in many different lengths and is both formal and elegant. This classic type of veil creates a romantic look, and is grouped based on several customary lengths. From shortest to longest you can wear a veil which is elbow, waist, fingertip, ballet, floor, chapel, semi-cathedral, or cathedral length.

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Photos: Rebecca Rubalcaba Photography

The Genesis Bride pictured above chose to wear a cathedral length wedding veil. Cathedral length is the longest and thus the most formal veil, flowing up to several feet beyond the train of the Bride’s gown. The length of this veil creates a dramatic and sophisticated feel.

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Photos: stylemepretty.com

Traditional veils can be worn with or without a blusher veil, a short veil which delicately covers the Bride’s face and is worn as she walks down the aisle.

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Photos: stylemepretty.com

A veil can be one, two or three tiered. One tier lends to a more sophisticated look, while two and three tiers tend to be paired with romantic gowns.

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Photo: DC Photography Studios

Pictured above is one of our Genesis Brides wearing an elbow length veil comprised of two tiers.

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Photos Top Row: stylemepretty.com; Photos Bottom Row: hautebride.com

The Flyaway Veil is a short wispy veil with a less formal look. It typically just brushes the shoulders and has multiple tiers. These veils are both fun and pretty.


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Photos: hautebride.com

An increasingly popular style of flyaway veil is the Bubble Veil, which is pictured above.

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Photos: stylemepretty.com

The Birdcage Veil is elegant and adds a unique and vintage look. This veil type is both bold and dramatic and will likely be the centerpiece of your wedding attire.

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Photos: twigsandhoney.com (left and right), stylemepretty.com (center)

Another look which conveys a vintage feel is the Bridal Cap.

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Photo: DC Photography Studios

This Genesis Bride wore a birdcage veil as part of her vintage-inspired wedding theme.

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Photos: twigsandhoney.com (left and right), stylemepretty.com (center)

There are a variety of embellishments that can be added to wedding veils. This could be something simple, such as a satin cord or a satin ribbon edge, or it could be detailed embroidery, or perhaps scattered pearls or crystals, or any combination of these.

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Photos: Adam Allen Photography (left),DC Photography Studios (right)

Both of these photos show veils with different types of rhinestone detailing from two of our Genesis Brides.

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Photos: stylemepretty.com

A Mantilla is a lace or silk veil which is popular in Spain and is usually made with a circular piece of lace having a scallop-edge border. These lace veils offer a gracefulness and delicate design.

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Photo: DC Photography Studios

This Genesis Bride wears a beautiful mantilla veil which matches her lace gown.

These wedding veil ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. There are countless creative veil options for your wedding day; among them is the perfect one which will allow you to bring a touch of yourself to this classic piece.

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Photo: Albina Campos Photography

Genesis Bride & Groom