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.


  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


Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Dress Budget

When you plan your wedding, you’ll become aware of just how much you have to spend on different parts. As a savvy shopper, you’ll want to get the most for your money. Your wedding dress might seem like it’s not a flexible budget item, but you really can get more for your money.

First off, don’t get set on one dress by one designer. Go into shopping willing to look at different styles, or similar gowns that might have a significantly different price tag.


Another way to save money is to shop at a salon where you can also find your bridal accessories. If you have a set budget for all of your bridal style, you can find the combination that looks beautiful and doesn’t cost more than you can afford.

It’s also worth paying attention to special offers. We offer a 100% refund on the price of your dress if you refer eight brides who buy their gowns from us. This can be a great way to get your gown for free!

To find out more about how to get the most for your money at our Salt Lake City bridal salon, give us a call today!

Who Pays for Bridesmaids?

Your wedding budget will include many things, from the cake to your gown. Many brides wonder if it also needs to include the cost of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

In general, you shouldn’t need to pay for your bridesmaids. They will likely expect to pay for their own dresses when you ask them to be a part of your bridal party.


Having them pay for their own dresses does mean thinking about what they can afford. It can be a difficult conversation, but asking them what their budget is before you start shopping can prevent an awkward situation where one simply can’t afford the dress you’ve picked out.

It doesn’t have to be all you or all them, though. You can ask each bridesmaid to pay a set amount toward their dress, and budget for the balance yourself. If your bridesmaids have very different financial situations, you could also allow them to choose their own dresses within guidelines you set.

Whatever the case, your bridesmaids are your best friends and will be honored to be a part of your bridal party. One of the first things they can do is come with you to shop for your wedding gown. To make an appointment to find the dress of your dreams at our Salt Lake City bridal salon, give us a call today! 

Pin-dictable or Pin-teresting? How to Use Pinterest in Your Wedding Planning

The wedding world has been in a bit of a buzz after an article on The Huffington Post argued that Pinterest has made weddings too similar. Brides, wedding professionals, and guests have all taken a stand on the great Pinterest wedding debate.


The article’s main argument was that with so many brides using the same inspiration, weddings are all turning out the same. The author listed the cardinal Pinterest wedding sins, including “Mason jars EVERYWHERE” and “Have cool things on wooden or chalkboard signs.”


She doesn’t totally discount Pinterest, and understands why brides are drawn to it. However, she still finds that the site is actually making weddings less special and unique, not more.


Among the article’s responses have been a post on The Today Show’s blog. The blog quotes plenty of brides and wedding professionals who see Pinterest as a valuable wedding planning tool.

One way couples are using Pinterest to plan without things getting too predictable is to use it as loose inspiration. By seeing what other people have done, couples are able to come up with their own twist on the concepts. This is particularly helpful if you’re putting together a theme wedding.

Pinterest can also be a great way for brides to discuss possible bridesmaid dresses with their bridesmaids. Using a private board, you can pin images of ones you like and let them comment or repin their favorites.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments! If you’re planning a wedding, how much inspiration are you taking from Pinterest?