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Bridal Veil Styles
The length of your veil, the number of layers, fabric, trim and shade you choose should all depend on the style of your dress. Among the options:
- Angel: Long, straight veil cut wide at the sides like angel wings.
- Ballerina (or waltz): Ends just above the floor.
- Birdcage: A short veil that covers the bride's face, falling just below the chin, as she enters the ceremony. This is a popular choice with brides who don’t want a full veil but would still like the elegance and mystery of a veil. It can tie in with a vintage look and can be worn on the back or front of the head. Often worn with a small hat.
- Blusher: The blusher is a short veil of two or more layers. It usually ends between the bride’s collarbone and bust, and a layer is worn over the face and is normally lifted before or after the ceremony for the newlyweds’ first kiss. Strict etiquette experts consider veils, particularly blushers, inappropriate for second-time or pregnant brides.
- Butterfly: Oval-shaped and folded in half. Ribbon edging follows a crescent rather than straight line.
- Cascade (or waterfall): Two or more layers of veil in various lengths (some of which can be removed). A cascade veil can also work as a blusher.
- Cathedral: A cathedral length veil is as long as bride wants it to be and creates a sea of tulle or lace behind the bride as she walks. Usually worn at formal weddings
- Chapel: The chapel length veil trails behind the bride as she walks. It hits the floor or bottom of the bride’s gown and is often worn with a sweep train to give the illusion of a longer train.
- Elbow: This is essentially a blusher that reaches the bride’s elbows and creates a soft frame for the upper body and face.
- Fingertip: This style is the most common veil length. Touching the bride's fingertips, the veil falls in soft folds and adds to the elegance of the dress. This length works well with ball gowns and so is one of the most popular styles.
- Flyaway: Touches or just covers shoulders. Sometimes called a Madonna veil, this style is made from more than one layer of fabric to create a bridal look. Perfect for an added sense of drama or paired with a tea length gown for a fifties look.
- Mantilla: A long, Spanish-style, circular piece of lace that frames the face. Its distinguishing features are the lace decoration and placement on the head. The veil is not placed at the back of the head, but is draped over the crown. Its length and placement means the veil falls over the shoulders and down the back.
- Waltz: The waltz length comes to around mid calf and is a graceful addition to the bridal outfit. Also known as ballerina or walking length, it gives the bride a longer veil without the worry of tripping or damaging the veil by stepping on it.
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