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BRIDAL VEILS EXPLAINED
 Veil History
 Veil Lengths
 Veil Styles
 Veil Shapes and Cuts
 Veil Colors
 Veil Fabrics
 Birdcage Net
 Veil Prices
 Edges and Embellishments
 How To Wear a Mantilla Veil

MAKE YOUR OWN
WEDDING VEIL

5 Steps Overview
What You'll Need
Buying vs. Making Veil
Step 1: Measuring, Cutting
Step 2: Creating Blusher
Step 3: Attaching Beading, Trim
Examples: Edging, Crystals, etc
Step 4: Making Gathers
Step 5: Wrap, Attach Comb
How to Make a Birdcage Veil

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COLORS
 Ivory Veils
 White Veils
 Black Gothic Veils
 Blush / Other Colors

FABRICS
 Veil Tulle
 Chiffon
 Organza

LENGTHS
 Shoulder Length
 Elbow Veils
 Fingertip or Wrist Veil
 Knee, Waltz and Ballet Veils
 Chapel or Floor Length Veils
 Cathedral and Royal Lengths

STYLES
 The "Pouf" Headpiece
 Drop Veils
 Birdcage Veil
 Veil Blushers
 Tier Veils
 Flare Cut Veils
 Center-Gathered, Tier Veils
 Top Gathered, Standard Veils
 Mantilla Veil (Scalloped)
 Petal Veils
 A Vintage Veil

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Veil Styles

Wedding veils can be styled to cover your face, be pinned under a bunch of curls, or flow along with your hair. Veils come in many lengths, designs, and fabrics. Finding the perfect style to match your wedding dress and hairstyle is not always easy, so allow plenty of time to look. Veils run the gamut from simple and sheer to intricately decorated with beading, lace, or ribbon. Visit these links for details on veil lengths; colors; shapes; materials; and edging or embellishments.

Birdcage veil

This veil is very short (just long enough to frame the face) and worn alone, without additional tiers or a separate blusher.

The birdcage is generally made of coarse French or Russian-style netting rather than typical fine-mesh veil fabrics. There are, however, birdcage-style veils made with finer meshed tulles.

Historically, the veil was attached to a hat. In recent years, most brides attach this short, circular veil directly to their hair with a pin or comb, so that it hangs down around the head. The traditional approach seems to be making a comeback, however.

In either case, the front part may serve as a blusher, ending at the eyes or lower. Alternately, a birdcage style clip or comb may be worn as a hair ornament. 

As with the mantilla veil, there are no folds or gathers at the crown, and it can be folded back to create a two-tier veil. To make your own, see our How to Make a Birdcage Veil page.

Blusher

The blusher is the short part of the veil that covers the bride's face during the ceremony. Many brides wear a blusher over the face in deference to their cultural heritage. During the ceremony, the blusher is lifted back over the head to reveal the bride. 

This is an elegant veil, softening the bride's features. The top layer of a circular tier veil may be used as a blusher, or you may have a separate blusher attach to your veil. The length generally ranges from very short to shoulder-length or longer. Standard length is about 18-25 inches, but as you can see in the photo, longer blushers are also attractive.

Tier veil

A tiered veil is one with more than a single layer. While four-tier veils exist, double- and triple- tier veils are most common. The top layer of a tier veil often serves as a blusher. The more layers your veil has, the fluffier looking it will be. So, for a very rich and full veil, wear three or more layers of the same length.

Mantilla veils

Historically, there have been three types of mantillas, all with lace as their central feature. Today's mantilla veils are primarily the third:

1. Handmade Blonda lace mantillas, where the designs are crafted from two types of silk: A thin thread for detailing and a thicker one to add depth, more details or color. These are often floral-themed veils.

2. Chantilly lace mantillas, heavily embroidered with vegetable, fruit, or floral designs. They are named for the town in France where the lace originated.

3. Lace-embroidered tulle mantillas, with designs reflective of the Chantilly and Blonda lace. Brides, today, most often wear this type.

Some modern mantilla veils have a wide lace edge, while others are full lace with a scalloped or other edging. In either case, wear the mantilla so the lace edges softly frame your face and upper body. Or, for a blusher effect, attach the veil at its center so the front hangs around the face. Folded back, the veil will create two layers.

Vintage veils

Vintage or antique veils can be the perfect "something old" or "something borrowed" to uniquely complete your wedding ensemble. Shop a selection of all veil types below.

Birdcage Veil
Birdcage Style Veil Clip
Blusher Veil
Veil with a Blusher
Scalloped Teir Veil
Two Tier, Top Gathered Veil
Mantilla Veil
Mantilla Veil

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