Do you need to wear a veil on your wedding day? How do you chose a veil? Are there fabric options? Veil design options?
In modern Australia, a veil is entirely optional. We encourage you to have it as a seperate hair piece and so it can be removed as soon as it gets annoying. (Although, I thought I’d take mine off the second my ceremony was over, but as it made me feel very bridal, I kept it on until the last minute?! …but that’s entirely up to you.)
The use of veils has been traced back to 13 Century BC, and has been associated with everything from virginity to keeping the dust out of eyes, and everything in between. There are more modern recent religious uses, but the important thing to decide is what it means for you. And, if you feel comfortable, excited, and bridal wearing it, just do it!
The first thing to consider is… are you going to wear it over your face as you enter the ceremony? If yes, then you may like know the face covering is traditionally lifted by either your dad (or special person) as they ‘give you away’, or by your newly wed beloved just before you kiss. But, the important thing for your decision is, if you are going to wear it over your face, then you should have a two-tier veil.
If you are not going to wear it over you face, you have the choice of single or double tier.
A design tip if you opt for a double tier – We prefer the layer that covers the face to be around finger length (i.e., when standing in front of the mirror, with your hands by your side, the veil roughly meets your finger tips).
Speaking of length, what length should the back be?
What ever you like! Personally I like the back tier to be either slightly longer than the train, or, just kissing the floor. People will go on about Chapel, Church or Cathedral length veils. Basically, this is just suggesting if the venue is little, you have a little veil, and if the venue is huge, then you have a huge veil. Please decide whatever you like and go with that. The length is up to you!
The style of veil is up to you too. A comb is usually used to hold the veil in your hair. How the veil attaches to this is your choice. If you’d like it with a really clean line, then the veil can be attached flat to the comb. If you’d like more volume, the veil can be gathered from the comb. Or, half way in between with a slight gather. Again, totally your call.
If you are having an elaborate ‘hair do’, and a two tier veil, you may want to have at least some gathering to help lift the veil over your ‘do’, otherwise it may sit flat and squash your hair.
If you have an elaborate back to your gown, you may consider having a clean attachment to the comb as less volume at that point will make it easier to see your lovely back underneath (a consideration for both single and double tier veils).
Fabric choices… Tulle is the usual, and it comes in all shapes and sizes.
We stock three tulle options here at Mussared. A fine (yet stiff) American tulle for those who would like a little volume, but remain quite sheer. Or a soft tulle for those who would like a really soft fall to their veil. And, last but not least, a silk tulle which is very fine and very soft and very expensive. (Ten times the price of the other two.) Most tulle for veils is nylon, so be careful!! If you press it to turn the iron low to low first. It is very easy to melt a hole through tulle!
Last, but not least, how would you like the veil edged? Tulle does not fray, so it can be cut neatly and it will look lovely. However, if you’d like some edging, be prepared to pay for it because even a relatively small veil can easily have 10 metres of edge.
If a fine lace is to be stitched onto the edge, it really needs to be done by hand otherwise when the sheer tulle is flipped back, the stitching will show. Therefore, lace edged veils are also often ten times the price of a simple veil.
We hope these tips and information helps with your decision making choosing a wedding veil, good luck, and enjoy your day! x