Wedding Veils: A Guide to Choosing and Wearing the Perfect Veil

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Veil have long been an iconic accessory worn by brides on their wedding day. While there may be questions and confusion surrounding veils, they continue to be a cherished tradition for many. At Jeanette Maree, a multi-brand store offering a variety of wedding accessories, we understand the importance of finding the perfect veil. In this article, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to choose and wear a veil to achieve the best effect on your special day.

How to Choose a Wedding Veil?

When selecting a wedding veil, it’s helpful to think of it as a prop for a photo. Consider the style of wedding photos you admire or find inspiring. Do they feature veils? Does the veil enhance the overall look and image? These questions can guide you in determining the ideal veil for your wedding day.

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Here are some factors to consider bridal veils :

1. Length: The length of the veil can significantly impact the overall aesthetic. If you desire a photo with the veil covering your face, a two-tier veil would be suitable. On the other hand, if you envision a photo of the veil gracefully flowing behind you in the wind, a long veil would be more fitting. For the classic church photo, where the veil is perfectly positioned behind you, a lace-edged veil or chapel-length veil would be ideal.

2. Style: Reflect on the style of bridal Wearing a Veil with a Bridal Headpiece

A common misconception among brides is that they should wear a headpiece separately from the veil. However, at Jeanette Maree, we recommend wearing them together to complete the look and create a cohesive vibe on your wedding day. Combining a headpiece or comb with a veil can truly elevate your bridal ensemble.

Consider the following guidelines:

Headpiece with Veil: If you choose to wear a comb, where the bridal veil is worn separately, it’s crucial to choose a veil with an exquisite finished edge and a delicate comb. This will prevent the veil from overwhelming your hair and create an elegant, balanced look.

Placing a Veil in Your Hair

The placement of your bridal veil depends on both your chosen hairstyle and the type of veil you have selected. While all veils are generally positioned at the center back of the head, the height at which they are worn may vary according to your hairstyle.

Consider the following suggestions:

Single-Tier Veil: For those opting for a single-tier veil, it can be worn from the center top down to the center nape of the neck. Alternatively, it can even be styled under a bun, depending on your hairstyle preference.

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Veil: Single Tier | Jeanette Maree

Two-Tier Veil: If you have chosen a two-tier veil, it should be placed at the center top or center back of the head. This positioning allows the top tier to elegantly drape over your face, creating a captivating effect.

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Pearl Veil | Jeanette Maree | Shop Online Now

Here are specific placement suggestions for popular hairstyles:

Hollywood Waves or Finger Wave Hairstyle: Position the veil approximately 10cm back from the top, center of your head.

Bridal Bun Style: Choose to place the veil either above or beneath the bun. Both options can achieve a stunning look.

Half Up, Pulled-Back Hairstyle: For this hairstyle, we recommend placing the veil where the hair joins at the back of the head, creating an elegant and balanced appearance.

Alternative Wedding Veil Options

While traditional veils like the Cathedral veil or Chapel veil remain popular in Australia, there are a variety of alternative veils that can enhance your wedding day look.

Consider the following options:

Birdcage Veil/Fascinator Veil: These small veils, approximately nine inches in length, are designed to cover only a portion of your face. Often made from structured open netting, they can be angled to the side for added exposure. Birdcage veils are commonly paired with updos and attached to headbands or combs, allowing you to customize your retro 50s look with rhinestone embellishments or other adornments.

Birdcage Veil | Jeanette Maree
Birdcage Veil | Jeanette Maree

Blusher Veil/Two-Tier Veil: A blusher veil is a sheer veil that fastens to the crown of the head and covers the entire face. Traditionally, the groom lifts the blusher veil once the bride has walked down the aisle or at the end of the vows before the kiss. Blushers are often accompanied by another veil but can also be worn alone for a modern aesthetic. They sit best at shoulder or just above the elbow in length.

Drop Veil/Sheath Veil: The drop veil is worn over the face during the ceremony and then pulled back afterward to create a two-layered veil. With a streamlined appearance, it lays flat against the head without any gathers. Drop veils are particularly well-suited for dreamy and vintage-style celebrations.

Veil trends evolve over time, and currently, understated and flowing veils are in vogue. In 2020, the return of understated wedding dresses paved the way for pearl veils, which continue to captivate brides in 2023. These delicate veils adorned with pearls exude timeless elegance and complement a wide range of wedding dress styles.

At Jeanette Maree, we understand that every bride deserves a veil that matches her unique vision and style. That’s why we offer a wide array of veils, including the exquisite Pearl Veil and the versatile Veil Single Tier. Each veil is thoughtfully crafted to ensure you feel enchanting on your special day.

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