Unveiling the mystery
THE TRADITION OF VEILING BRIDES MAY HAVE ITS ORIGINS FROM CENTURIES AGO BUT MODERN WOMEN CONTINUE TO EMBRACE THE TIMELESS PRACTICE. SHEPPARTON BUSINESS MICHELE’S BRIDAL AND FORMAL WEAR PROPRIETOR MICHELLE PENNISI SAID THERE WERE ENDLESS OPTIONS FOR BRIDES
BRIDE AND GROOM ASKED MICHELLE FOR SOME TIPS.
Q. Are veils still relevant for modern brides? A. Definitely. Your wedding day is probably the only time in your life you will have the opportunity to wear a veil, it signifies a special event. Q. What are veils made from? A. Veils are made from soft bridal tulle, which is lighter than the traditional tulle dress fabric. Veils can be custom-made to any length, to complement any style of wedding gown and can be simple in design or embellished with lace, crystals, pearls or Russian braid. Q. Should you choose your veil or hairstyle first? A. Brides should probably consult their hairdresser first as certain styles won’t suit a veil; although most hairstyles can be adapted to accommodate a veil. Q. Is the tradition of wearing a veil over the face still followed? A. The majority of my brides don’t wear a veil over their face, but depending on the style of the wedding, some do. We have singletier veils for brides who don’t want their faces covered or we have tiered veils on separate clips so tiers can be easily removed after the ceremony. Q. Should brides consider how long they will wear the veil for? A. Heavily embellished veils can be quite heavy for all day wear, if you’re planning to wear the veil the entire day it’s better to opt for a lighter veil. If you have a veil that is very special to you, perhaps a family heirloom, you would probably want to wear it all day. Q. Are bridal veils usually worn with decorative hair pieces? A. Veils are often worn with ornamental hair pieces or fresh flowers, so even if the veil is removed during the day the hair glamour is retained.
Cathedral veils suit traditional gowns and are generally custom-made to the same length as the gown’s train. These veils can also be worn with floorlength gowns to add formality.
Birdcage veils or bridal fascinators are increasing in popularity and team lace, crystals and pearls with diamond shaped netting for an elegant option.
Shoulder-length or slightly longer veils work well with tea-length gowns to create a stylish, classic look, perfect for a morning or informal outdoor wedding.
Fingertip-length veils are perhaps the most popular and complement gowns with or without a train. They are ideal for gowns with embellished skirts as the veil ends before the decoration begins.