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 - - HIGH-TEA DELIGHT -

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.

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