Veils – Where did they come from? What length should I choose? One tier or two tier?

Wedding veils have been worn throughout history and are an integral part of a complete bridal outfit. It is traditional for the blusher to be worn over the face on the way to the church – sometimes removed when the bride is greeted by her groom at the altar (such as in the case of Catherine Middleton at her wedding to Prince William), and sometimes left in place during the ceremony, only to be removed prior to signing the register (often done in a separate room away from the congregation).

Nowadays there is less formality to wearing a veil at your wedding, you can pick any style and wear it as you please, but veils are still considered the essential wedding accessory. There is so much flexibility and so many styles available so that wedding veils can be incorporated easily into your look and fit your personal style. A small, delicate wedding veil can look just as beautiful as a long, flowing style, but both make a bride a bride.

Wedding Veils are so important in completing your look on your wedding day. Once you have chosen your dream wedding dress you should try on a few wedding veils and see how they complete your look. You may be surprised when you turn from a girl in a dress to a beautiful bride.

Wedding Veils do not need to be heavy or old-fashioned looking. Soft, delicate tulle and beautiful crystal, pearl or lace detail results in a light, halo-effect that softens your outline and gives you a beautiful bridal aura. If you do not want a long veil, there are many other options available such as face or birdcage veils, shorter styles or headdresses that incorporate tulle. Styles range from crystal scatters to lace mantilla veils.

A ‘tier’ simply means a layer of veiling. Most wedding veils have two tiers, which means that they have two layers of veiling coming down from the comb that sits in your hair. Usually the top tier is shorter than the bottom tier, and is called the blusher. This can be brought down over your face for the traditional blushing bride look. If you want your veil to be a main feature of your bridal outfit then a veil with three or more tiers will make a great statement. We make more modern three-tier veils with a blusher that sits as a small face veil, giving a fantastic shape whether worn with or without the blusher over the face.

The most popular veil size is 72”. This is the length from the bottom of the blusher to the bottom of the back of the veil, meaning that on a two tier veil it will hang around 40-45” from the comb, usually reaching your hips.

The chart below shows standard sizes of two tier veils, and how they are otherwise known.

36in 91.5cm Shoulder length
54in 137cm Waist /elbow length
72in 183cm Hip or fingertip length
108in 274cm Floor length
126in 320cm Train or chapel length
144in 366cm Long train or cathedral length
Most of our veils can be made in any length. Remember the size in inches or centimetres includes the length of the blusher or face veil.

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