Bridal veils

The making of a bridal veil is not complicated. Various wire or buckram forms are available or you can make your own. Embellishments can often be made from left-overs from a custom made dress.

Veils are basically 3 shapes: round, oval, rectangle. Patterns are not generally needed.

Veils are 54" wide to 108" wide. If you want a very full veil, then do not settle for less than 108" width. Many ready-made veils are only 54" wide. Fabric to make your own veil comes in 3 traditional colors: white, ivory, and "diamond" or "silk" white which is slightly off-white. It comes in 54" or 108", in all colors.

The average blusher (worn over the face) is 27" long. Poufs may be made as large as you like. Veil lengths are usually: short (just below the shoulders), fingertip, floorlength, or the length of the gown. There is no rule as to the length of the veil. It should complement the dress as well as the bride.

Edges may be left plain, be edged with ribbon, have a rolled hem, be edged with lace, or whatever appeals to the bride.

Detachable veils are usually attached to hook and loop tape for easy removal after the wedding. If using hook and loop tape, be sure the two sides are firmly joined. The fibers in most church carpets are long enough to grab the veil as is passes over them, and if the two sides are not firmly attached, the veil may be pulled off.

Ready-made headpieces are available with no veil attached, or you may choose to purchase the complete headpiece and veil. If the veil that comes with the headpiece is not to your liking, ask if you can purchase the headpiece without the veil. Adding your own veil can save money in many cases, and is a simple task.

It is considerate to ask the groom his feelings about the blusher. There are some men who feel strongly about the veil. As one young man put it "the only thing I have ever known about a wedding is that the groom lifts the veil and kisses the bride and if I don’t get to do that I will feel something is missing." Others have no opinion one way or the other, and still others want to do as little as possible for fear of "messing up." This should be a couple’s decision as well as a fashion statement.

In selecting the length of the veil, take into account the back of the gown. Veils should not stop in the middle of a focal point such as a bow, nor should they be so short as to stop higher than the top edge of the gown. If a blusher is to be worn, the lower veil must be longer than the blusher making the fingertip or longer veil the only choice.