Wedding Veils 101

Veils are a beautiful and traditional addition to any bride’s wedding day attire. However, with so many styles and lengths available, it can get confusing. Here are some of the most common lengths and what dresses they are perfect with.

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  1. Birdcage: This short veil is often a structured addition to a headpiece, and can cover all or part of the bride’s face. It is perfect with a retro or vintage style and shorter gowns.
  2. Shoulder: Ending just around the shoulder, this shorter length veil is a great choice if you want the nod to tradition without the fuss. This is perfect for a gown with a decorative bodice you want to show off.
  3. Elbow: A longer style, the elbow length ends further down your back, just around the level of your elbows. It is a great choice if you are wearing a strapless dress and want something that also serves as a cover-up.
  4. Fingertip: This veil length ends just below the hips, meaning it can give a sheer covering to a backless dress.
  5. Waltz: This is the shortest of the long veils. Reaching to the mid-calf, it is ideal for keeping on through the reception. It works perfectly with a detailed bodice and waist, and is a great formal style.
  6. Floor: This veil will just hit the floor, and in general will be the same length as your gown. It is a great choice if you want to add fullness to a simple silhouette.
  7. Chapel: Reaching just beyond the length of the gown, this is a very formal long veil style. It is great for formal styles that don’t have a train, as it can give the illusion of one.
  8. Cathedral: The longest veil style, this reaches far beyond the end of the dress, whether or not it has a train. It is perfect for a formal wedding where a dramatic entrance is part of the joy. It should be worn with an equally formal gown.

To find the perfect gown and veil combination, it can be worth trying on different combinations. We can help you choose the right look for your Utah wedding, so give us a call today!

 

Photo: Flickr/Ron Malone

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Big Bridal Trends from Top Designers

The New York International Bridal Market finished this week, and the world’s top bridal designers were showing off some big new trends. Along with some that have been favorites for a few years — including pink hues and vintage inspiration — we got to see some great new styles that are sure to inspire you.

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  • The best neckline: The big trend this year wasn’t strapless or illusion necklines. Instead, halters grabbed the spotlight. This is the perfect choice if you want bare shoulders with a more modest neckline. Halter-neck dresses show some great variety, too, including satiny high necklines as well as soft sheer fabric over a sweetheart neckline.
  • The best accessory: This is set to be the year of the veil. Designers took things to a new level in this year’s shows, combining delicate veils with crystal-covered headbands. Many of the headbands also incorporated a floral style to bring together several great styles.
  • The best cover-up: Say goodbye to the demure jacket and say hello to stunning shrugs. This year’s trend is statement cover-ups made of faux fur or feathers. Paired with a clean-lined dress, these cover-ups offer a bit of drama to a bride’s look.

Want to know more about the best of the year’s trends? Come by our Salt Lake City bridal salon to check out all the best wedding dresses and accessories.

Something New and Something Blue

Most Salt Lake City brides will want to follow the old rhyme and wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Instead of finding four separate items, you can condense these into two. Asking a family member such as you mom for something old to borrow can be a great start, and there are plenty of beautiful bridal accessories that can be your something new and your something blue.

If you’ve chosen blue as one of your wedding colors, this can be as simple as adding a sash to your wedding dress. Whether matching your bridesmaids or going a bit lighter or darker, it can add a beautiful splash of color to your bridal style.

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If a blue sash is too dramatic, or doesn’t suit your wedding dress style, blue accessories are a great choice. This can include adding a bit of color with a new pair of blue bridal shoes, or the classic addition of blue accented jewelry.

Whatever you choose for your addition of something new and something blue, you’ll want to buy them from an excellent Salt Lake City bridal shop. To find out more or make an appointment, get in touch with us today!

Don’t Forget Your Bridal Accessories!

Finding the perfect wedding gown is a big part of your wedding planning. Knowing you have the dress of your dreams can make you excited about everything else. But just having your dress isn’t everything you need to walk down the aisle!

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  • Undergarments: Having the right undergarments for your wedding dress will make your dress look and feel better. They can also be something extra special for the occasion.
  • Shoes: You won’t go barefoot, but probably don’t want to put on an old pair of work heels. Your wedding shoes should be beautiful, comfortable, and suited to your venue.
  • Jewelry: One of the best ways to shine on your wedding day is to add some sparkle to your style. Earrings and a necklace are the perfect additions to your gown, but many styles will also look fantastic with bracelets.
  • Headpieces: Whether you opt for a veil, tiara, or simple headband, this can help complete your bridal look. They also look fabulous!

To complete your bridal style from your toes to the top of your head, you’ll need to find a great Salt Lake City bridal salon. To find out more about what we offer and to make an appointment, give us a call today!

Is a Veil Right For You?

The bridal veil is a long-standing tradition, but many brides wonder if it’s right for them. A bridal veil can be worn traditionally, or as a fabulous bridal accessory. If you’re considering a veil, here are a few tips for how to wear it.

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  • Veil styles: There are a few types of veil available, but one of the most popular choices combines a tiara or hair comb to help attach it to your hairstyle. Some include a single piece of fabric, while others offer a piece that can be worn over your face and a longer part to use as a train.
  • To cover or not? If you have chosen to wear a veil traditionally, with it covering your face, you will need to think about when to have the veil lifted. The two most popular times are to have your father lift your veil as he gives you away, or to have the groom lift it at the end of the ceremony before the kiss.
  • Taking it off: While shorter or birdcage style veils can be comfortably worn throughout the ceremony and reception, there are some styles you might want to take off part-way through the night. Make sure you get tips from your hairdresser about removing the veil without messing up your hair, and choose a time to take it off. Good times for this are after the ceremony and after the first dance.

To find out more about veils and other bridal accessories, come by our Salt Lake City bridal shop today! We can help you find the perfect gown and all the accessories you need to complete your look.