Wedding Veils 101

There are so many different options, how do you choose your veil?  Most veils are made to order and can be customized to suit your personal style and dress. If you are wanting to make your veil into something of your very own, these are the types of things you need to think about regarding a veil:

  • Colour (white, ivory, champagne etc.)
  • Length (fingertip, Floor, chapel etc.)
  • Embellishments (do you want diamantes on the edging or lace detailing for example?)
  • Tiers (Single tier or two tiers? Do you want them detachable?)
  • Edge (Raw edge, pencil edge?)
  • Fabric (Bridal tulle, supersoft, silk?)

Delivery time frame for standard orders is around 3-4 weeks, depending on what is ordered, and the time of year. If you were to order it in the spring and summer (peak wedding season) the delivery time frame may be slightly longer.

You are able to ask for a rush order. Rush orders are usually delivered within a week or two. If you have a veil with a lot of detail, beaded or scalloped trim lace veils, may take longer. Always ask your consultant to take note of your wedding date, this way you are ensuring that your veil is completed and delivered to you in time for your wedding.

Not all veils are created equal! So you have to be making sure you are getting a quality veil from a quality supplier. At Raffinato Bridal our suppliers only source the most beautiful fabrics, laces, trims and embellishments from around the world.

There are a variety of options when it comes to tulle. The easiest way to explain the difference is that your standard bridal tulle has ‘bigger holes’ in the material which give them volume and structure. Whereas veils with ‘smaller holes’ in the material (such as supersoft or silk tulle) will fall more gently and lay closer to the body.

Bridal tulle is the default fabric for veils, this tulle has medium softness and is most suitable for veils with more volume or fullness, as it holds the fuller shape well. Remember if you are wanting a veil that doesn’t have as much volume, you have to let you consultant know otherwise the standard bridal tulle will be ordered!

Glimmer tulle is the same as bridal tulle but with a slight shimmer and sparkle through it.

Silk tulle is made from 100% silk, and is the softest and finest tulle. Veils made from silk tulle fall gracefully and flow, with no volume or puffiness at all.

Supersoft tulle is very similar to silk tulle, but is not made from silk. It is a lovely fabric and has the same graceful flow to it as silk tulle.

Glamour tulle is similar to supersoft tulle, which is very soft and flowy, but with that shimmer and sparkle through it. It is still as sheer as the supersoft but will pop just a little more.

Also keep in mind that silk, supersoft and glamour tulle have those ‘smaller holes’ which create less volume, this also means veils from these materials will also be quite slim and narrow down the back.

If you are unsure about anything, ask if you can get a fabric swatch so that you can make an informed and confident decision.

The number of tiers you can have are practically endless. Detachable tiers are a great idea especially if you were wanting a little bit of a look change or weren’t overly keen on two tiers for the ceremony but want them for photos. Detachable tiers will have one tier sewn to the base clip of the veil and then have the 2nd tier sewn to another base piece that is usually attached with clear push studs. It is totally up to whether you make the shorter or longer tier detachable.

To remove the tier, simply undo the studs which hold the two layers together, as shown in the right photo below. There is no need to take the entire veil out of your hair just ask a friend to help.

There are a variety of options when it comes to beading do you go with Swarovski Crystals, pearls or glass diamantes. Beading should tie in with your gown, for example if you have beautiful pearl buttons down the back of your gown they would match stunningly.

The correct way to position a veil into your hair is to hold the veil against your back, then turn the comb downwards and tuck it into your hair. The fabric should come up and over the top of the comb and the comb should be pointing downwards with all veils, giving you a beautiful look when the veil is in your hair. (See second photo below)

Wrong way to hold the veil, with comb pointing
forward or upward. If the veil is positioned this way in
your hair, the tiers will be the wrong way around.

Correct way to hold the veil, with the comb pointing
downwards. Push the comb down into the hair this way.
The tiers will be the right way up.
There are three ways you can wear a veil:

High on your head – the fuller and medium veils the higher on the head it should be worn, and usually with an up hairstyle, so that the veil is well anchored in your hair. This gives a more traditional look and is often seen when brides chose to wear a blusher veil over their face.

Towards the back of your head – A veil with medium fullness looks great when worn towards the back of the head and can be with an up or down hairstyle.  This gives a more sleek and modern look whilst still maintaining that classic feel.

Single tier veils look great with a down hairstyle, and worn towards the back of the head.

This is also a good position to wear a two tier veil with medium fullness, with your hair in an up-do.

Low at the back of the head –For a sleek and stylish look a veil with subtle fullness or a single tier veil can be worn in this position, tucked under an up-do. This is a popular choice for less formal weddings, or if you don’t plan to wear your veil over your face.

If you push the comb forward or upwards into your hair (as shown in first photo) instead of downwards, the veil will be the wrong way around.

  1. Usually your hairdresser should be able to help with positioning your veil, after you have had your hair done.
  2. Remember that the look of the veil changes depending on where on the head your veil is placed. For instance, wearing it close to the top of your head will give you a fuller look, and it will also tend to fall in front of your face. Wearing it further at the back of the head, particularly under your hairdo, will give you a slimmer, more streamlined look. Some veils are designed to be worn in a particular way. If you’re unsure about the best way to wear your veil, please email us and ask!

Don’t fret if your veil comes with creases, they come out with ease! If you order your veil well in advance you should hang your veil as soon as you receive it, rather than leaving it in the box. This way you are naturally allowing the creases / static to drop out which would have formed during transit.

If you do not have the time to let it hang naturally here are some tips as it will most likely have some creases and static from transit:

  1. Hang your veil on the back of the bathroom door while you are having a shower the steam from the shower can help the creases to fall out.
  2. If you own a steam iron, you can steam the veil with jets of steam which are released when the steam button is pressed. Whatever you do, please do not attempt to iron your veil! Use only the steam released button, and do not press or iron the veil at all. Please note, this is not the same as a standard iron, which will not do the same job, and may actually damage the veil.
  3. You could hold the veil over the steam of a boiling kettle. The hot steam should get rid of any remaining creases. Please note:We do not recommend dry cleaning veils. Due to their delicate nature, dry cleaning can cause damage to veils.
  4. If you are getting your wedding dress altered and pressed, ask them to steam any wrinkles out of your veil at the same time.
  5. The best way is to hang your veil as soon as you receive it, rather than leaving it in the box. This way you are naturally allowing the creases / static to drop out which would have formed during transit.

Please note: Do not dry clean your veil due to their delicate nature, dry cleaning can cause damage to the veil.

Let’s take a closer look at the veil edging;

For a very subtle look you can go with a raw edge cut

A pencil edge is a stitched edge, which is thin and softly ruffled.

For something more elegant, how about a satin flat edge.

The Russia braid edge is similar to a corded or piped edge, and is 3mm wide. Also known as Soutache edge.

The organza ribbon has silver edges, and has sheen to it.

Beading on the edge or scattered through the veil

Lace edgings are great and coming in a great selection and look great on the Mantilla veil designs.

When choosing colours it is best to see the swatches so you are getting accurate colour of the shade. You may find that ecru bridal tulle is actually closer to your ivory dress than the ivory bridal tulle is!

If you are ordering online, ask them to send you a swatch sample and you can see it next to your dress.

Standard colours include:

  • White -The purest white
  • Silk White – In between white and ivory, it pairs perfectly with diamond white gowns
  • Ivory – A light cream shade
  • Ecru – A little more creamy than ivory, it goes really beautifully with champagne gowns
  • White Glimmer – The sparkly variation of the bright white
  • Diamond White Glimmer – An off white with that gorgeous sparkle and shimmer through it
  • Ivory Glimmer – Slight cream shade that sparkles in the light

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