All Hail the Veil

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All hail the veil!  When we noticed a sharp decline in the number of veil-topped brides strutting their stuff in 2017/18, we have to admit to feeling a certain sense of melancholy.  Was this age-old bridal staple going in the same direction as the diminishing traditions of bouquet tossing and garter wearing?  Gladly, the answer is a massive NO!

Last year, we breathed a huge sigh of relief when we noticed that veils were not only back on the scene, they were back on the scene with a vengeance!  That’s right, 2019 brides seriously upped their veil game by going ALL OUT in the crowning glory department.  Not only did we notice that brides were embracing every length and style of veil imaginable, they were also injecting a serious burst of personality into their look with coloured, dip-dyed, embellished, bejewelled and celestial veils galore, and guess what, things are set to get even more veil-tastic in 2020/21!  With both traditional and statement veils currently trending like wildfire on Pinterest and Instagram, we are anticipating that Team Fuze will be doing some serious swooning over the coming months and we can’t wait!

Cathedral-length taken by Neil Thomas Douglas Photography

There is something ridiculously romantic and timeless about veils and one of the many quandaries brides face when planning their big-day look is answering the question – to veil or not to veil?!  Veils certainly aren’t for everyone, and with so many alternatives available, from ethereal crystal headbands to minimalist pins & slides, deciding on your crowning glory can be a tricky business!

To help you decide, we thought we’d give you a helping hand, so TADAH, here’s your options:

Birdcage (Length: 5” – 12″) 

Birdcage veils originated in the 1940s and also go by the names – bandeau, face, blusher and pouf veils.  The shortest and flirtiest of the veils, birdcages can cover the eyes, skim the nose or fall at the jawline and are predominantly created out of net, tulle or lace.  The birdcage style offers brides a sophisticated retro-chic look and we love it!

Birdcage by Tiffany Row Bridal Accessories

Shoulder (length: 20” – 22”)

Slightly 1960s in style, the shoulder-length or “Madonna” veil (so called due to the resemblance of a shroud around the face) is the perfect option for brides who want an informal yet traditional-looking veil that doesn’t compete with the details of their gown.

Elbow (length: 28″ – 30″) 

The elbow or waist length veil falls gracefully over the shoulders to the bride’s elbow and makes for the perfect veil option for petite brides who don’t want to look swamped in fabric. The elbow veil offers perfect versatility as it complements both contemporary and vintage styles and it’s also the ideal choice for brides who want to wear their veil into the early hours without it getting in the way!

Elbow-length by Erica Elizabeth Pretty Things

Fingertip (length: 35” – 40″) 

The fingertip veil was hugely popular with 1940s brides and is aptly named due to the fact that the fabric only reaches as far as the bride’s outstretched fingertips.  Often embellished, the fingertip veil floats romantically around the torso falling beyond the bride’s hips and makes for the perfect veil for brides wanting to embrace the “remove the veil” tradition for her first kiss!

Ballet (up to 75”)

Next up, we have the ballet or waltz veil, aptly named and designed with dancing and wedding receptions in mind.  The ballet veil falls somewhere between the knee and ankle and makes for a great option for brides who want to wear a longer veil for the reception, but still want the freedom to dance into the early hours.

Cathedral (length: 100” – 150”)

Cathedral-length veils are back on the scene BIG TIME and who doesn’t love this formal look?!  A cathedral length veil is the longest of the veil family and extends way beyond the bride’s gown.  This classic and traditional style will add some serious drama to both the bridal entrance and photography.


Mantilla (all lengths)

The mantilla veil is designed to drape over the bride’s head and shoulders, framing her face with the most ultra-romantic lace embroidered edging.  The mantilla veil is rooted in Spanish culture and comes in a variety of lengths to suit your look and has a similar look to the Juliet Cap, which is also worth checking out if you love this style (see the feature photograph of this blog).

The Mantilla Company

If you’re sold on one of the above styles, you might want to check out our Team Fuze top five tips for a no fail veil experience:

Hang it up:  The minute your veil arrives, be sure to hang it up straight away. Creases are incredibly difficult to get out and ironing tulle or silk is a bit of a no-no.  If some pesky creases do appear, try hanging the veil up in your bathroom while running piping hot water!

Tell us:  If you’re having an outdoor ceremony or planning on wearing a cathedral-length veil, we highly recommend that you let your Celebrant know.  When a bride walks down the aisle to meet her significant other, the Celebrant can position the couple so that the bride is facing both her truelove and any oncoming wind!  That way the veil won’t cause a distraction throughout the ceremony.  Similarly, if you are planning on wearing a cathedral-length veil then your Celebrant can organise the ceremony spot to be spacious enough to accommodate both the bride and her humongous, glorious veil!

Appoint a helper:  We definitely advise appointing a specified veil “helper” who will adjust and straighten your veil both just before you make your bridal entrance and once you’ve hit the ceremony spot.

Safety first:  It’s very easy to completely forget that you’ve got a long, billowing piece of fabric attached to you so we highly recommend, especially when travelling to and from the ceremony, that you gently gather the veil beside you making sure it doesn’t get trapped in the car door or wedged between the seats. Similarly, take serious care if there are floor candles in close proximity!

Secure that veil:  Be sure to secure the veil to the point where you can give it a good tug and it stays put.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of times we’ve witnessed a flyaway veil situation!

 Neil Thomas Douglas Photography


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