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The Bridal Veil: Beautiful and Timeless

The Bridal Veil: Beautiful and Timeless

Scattered Pearl Border & Cut Edge Veil Earlier this week we discussed ways for the bride to style her hair for her wedding day and one of those options is to wear a veil. However, we didn't go into great detail on the reasoning or history of why brides are traditionally meant to wear a veil. Brides have been wearing veils since ancient Greek and Roman times. The veil was said to be able to protect the bride's purity - the bride being at her purest on her wedding day - from jealous spirits. At its beginnings, the veil was worn in bright reds and yellows because those were the two dominant colors that would scare away evil spirits. Then, the veil also symbolized protecting the bride's modesty from the view of the husband. In ancient times and in some cultures today, during courtship, the bride would be veiled as a way of protecting her modesty and purity. The bridal veil tends to have more particular meaning in religions, though despite the many various faiths, the meaning of the bridal veil seems to come down to the same idea: To protect or cover a woman's purity. 

Single Layer Veil in Soft Tulle with Beaded Edging In today's culture the weight of that meaning is often dismissed and is instead exchanged for being a fashion accessory the bride can choose from. This isn't a cut and dry negative and neither is it entirely a positive transformation. What it does do is it give brides a lot more options. By not being limited to the symbolic nature of the bridal veil it frees the exact style or design of the veil giving brides a wide selection of veils. This does not mean that the veils beauty and meaning is completely lost, but it may mean that brides that do have the desire adhere to the traditional use and symbol of the veil will need to make the extra effort to emphasize its importance and meaning. 

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What to "Do": Deciding How to Style Your Hair for Your Wedding Day

What to "Do": Deciding How to Style Your Hair for Your Wedding Day

One decision when planning your wedding day that usually induces high levels of stress for the bride and some possible mocking from a teasing groom or brother is how the bride wants to do her hair. Laugh if you want, but the how to style your hair on your wedding day is a pretty big deal and will effect your overall wedding look. As the bride, you will of course have the advantage of that pure happiness glow, but to pull together a beautiful look you need to pay extra attention to your hair.

popular formal updos for long hairstyles  Wedding Hair with a Veil

First off, do you want to wear your hair up or down? Al lot of brides will try desperately to grow there hair out as long as they can for their wedding day with the intention of wearing it long beautiful locks. But if your facial features are shown off best with a shorter hairstyle you may want to forgo the push for longer lengths. A Short spunky do can be made elegant plenty easy. Regardless, if you do want to wear your hair down for your wedding we have two suggestions: Firstly, don't just wear it in a straight everyday look and secondly add some sort of hairpiece or veil. We don't suggest having your hair down and straight because it is rather casual and everyday look. Adding some soft waves or curls is a great way to add a little extra umph and elegance to your look. Also, with adding a hairpiece you will further distinguish yourself as the bride particularly from your bridesmaids. Wearing your hair up does tend to more easily give you added elegance, but, like when deciding if you should have a short or long hair cut, deciding between an up and down do will require the same facial feature considerations. Furthermore, you will still want to consider the addition of a veil, headband, tiara, or other hairpiece to mark you as queen of the day. Besides, what bride wants to turn down the opportunity for a little added sparkle?

Eden Crystal Flower Headband

Bridal headbands like the one featured above are what are trending right now. They are beautiful and, typically, and unobtrusive addition that highlights the bridal look without overpowering it. Typically they can be found with floral or beaded designs that can easily mesh with your gorgeous wedding dress.

Scrolls & Flowers Tiara in Silver

The tiara is the perfect choice for brides that want to feel like a princess on their wedding day (or are a self proclaimed princess everyday). They work great with up do's and can be as queenly or as subtle as you want to take it. Overall, the bridal tiara would be the crowning jewel to your bridal look. 

2-Tier White Standard Tulle Veil - Floor Length

The bridal veil is probably the most traditional bridal accessory you could choose, but they still come in all shapes and sizes. The one above is a particularly dramatic undertaking, but if grand entrances are your thing, this veil will definitely help make that happen. If you want a veil, but want something a little less, then try something like our "Scalloped Lace Border Veil". This veil has a particularly traditional look and is undeniably beautiful. Either veil will enhance and act as a soft framing of you on your wedding day. 

 

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The Wedding Veil

You might want to buy your veil from a bridal shop. Or you may want to use the one your mother or even grandmother may have used. The other option is that you might even think of making it with your own hands. This will be more personalized as you will get exactly what you want. You will get your supplies from the local craft shop. You can also talk to your florist for ideas. A cluster of flowers or a wreath will look very trendy. Floral Embroidered Border Cut Edge Veil If you want to buy the veil, then you must make sure that it is color coordinated with your dress. You will get veils in a variety of length. It is up to you how long you want your veil to be. If you have a simple gown, then you can opt for an ornate veil. But both ornate or vice versa does not look too good. The moment you receive your veil, you will need to hang it up. This way, most of the wrinkles will come out. The rest of the wrinkles can be taken care of with the help of a steaming iron. You can also ask your drycleaner to dry-clean it to take out the wrinkles.
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The Perfect Bridal Veil

A Bridal Veil for your Special Day

Bridal Veil

The right bridal veil can make or break a wedding ensemble. There's no hard-and-fast rule that dictates that you wear a bridal veil (hairpieces, clips, flowers, or other hair accessories are also popular ways to do up your "do" for your big day), but it's important to know your options.   A bridal veil comes in several lengths and styles, starting with the birdcage bridal veil (popular for short, flirty dresses), shoulder length, elbow length, waist, finger tip, knee, floor, chapel, and cathedral. The cathedral bridal veil is usually reserved for long, more elaborate gowns, and isn't an ideal option for a garden or outdoor wedding (you wouldn't want your bridal veil trimmed with mud!). Your options for bridal veil length are almost as varied as the styles and securing methods. Your bridal veil could be trimmed with lace (popular for vintage weddings), silk (a great option for a statement gown), or anything else that suits your fancy.   Almost as important as your bridal veil is the way in which you secure it to your noggin. The easiest and most invisible way is with pins, but you'll have to enlist the help of whomever is doing your hair for your wedding. Other brides choose to secure their bridal veil with flower clips, headbands, or even pillbox hats - it all depends on the look you're going for. Remember your options when you begin your search for your perfect bridal veil!
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