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The Britten guide to wedding veils - what are the different types of veil?

At first glance wedding veils can seem quite intimidating; what even is a blusher?! In truth they are not hard to grasp, it's just lack of familiarity that makes them seem scary. We have created a simple guide to help you get to grips with all our wonderful veils: 

  • Single tier wedding veils- These are what most people imagine when asked to picture a veil. Single tier means that the veil flows from it's attachment point (normally a comb) down the back. There is no blusher, section of veil in front of the face.
  • Two tier wedding veils- means that the veil includes a 'blusher' which can be pulled forward over the face. This is raised during the ceremony for the first kiss or at the exact moment you are married and is then swept back over the head to form a second layer at the back of the veil. We make our blushers 72cm long but they can be made to any length if requested. Remember you may be carrying a bouquet, would you like the veil to finish above the bouquet or drape over it?
  • Drop veils- this is a two tier veil with no gather. They are often held in place with a headband, (as shown in our images for our 'Rhiann' drop wedding veil,) or hair pins. If you don't plan to wear any other accessories we can sew an invisible comb into our drop veils. Click for our 'How to secure a drop wedding veil' guide.
  • Mantilla veils. This is a single tier veil with no gather. We sew a comb to the top of the veil so it can be worn at the top of the head. They are sometimes described as Spanish veils.
  • Juliet veils. A 'cap' of material holds the veil in place. This is a traditional vintage look, dating from 16th century England. It is believed the design dates to actors performing Juliet in the original performances of Shakespeares 'Romeo & Juliet'.
  • Bandeau veils. These are a more vintage feel and attached either side of the head. Some makers use this term interchangeably with 'birdcage' veils. They are technically wrong but the terms are beginning to merge somewhat so check images to be sure!
  • Birdcage veils. These are attached at the top of the head (similar to the way a birdcage hangs). This terms can be used interchangeably with 'bandeau' on the internet, check the images to be sure!

 


Daniella Harding
Daniella Harding

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Have just returned from Sydney and recently moved to Bradford on Avon with my Fiancee and adorable puppy Dizzee. My hobbies include travelling and exploring new places, walking my puppy and baking delicious treats. I love nothing more than a cold mojito and catching up with friends over dinner, I am most likely to be found at the Bunch of Grapes. Having been engaged for nearly 2 years I am currently starting to plan my own big day.