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The Bride's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Wedding Veil: Elegant Fashion on your Wedding Day

teacher avatar Alisha Jemelian, Small Business Owner & Designer

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7 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Shocking Wedding Traditions and How they Began

    • 3. Step 1: Choose your Wedding Style

    • 4. Step 2: Long vs Short Veils - Veil Lengths

    • 5. Step 3: Bridal Color - White, Ivory, & Blush

    • 6. Step 4: Embellishments, Lace, Beading, and Trim

    • 7. Why you Should NOT Match your Accessories to your Dress

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About This Class

Learn about the intricacies of wedding fashion, how to accessorize your wedding day look without matching too much, and the 4 steps to choosing the perfect bridal veil for your venue and your dress. We will discuss the origins of certain wedding traditions and the historical context. This course is designed for brides who want to look & feel beautiful on their wedding day, but it is also for those who are interested in fashion, design, and the bridal industry. 

You will learn the following tips and techniques:

  • The easy 4 step process for accessorizing bridal looks
  • Technical wedding industry terms regarding color, styles, and silhouttes
  • Why brides wear wedding veils and the origins of other wedding traditions
  • The mistake that brides can make when choosing their wedding day look and how to avoid it  

Wedding planning is stressful. You want the wedding look of your dreams while not looking like every other “cookie-cutter” bride.

You have a unique story to tell and a beauty that deserves to be highlighted on your special day. That is why I am here to help. You are not alone.   

Let’s compliment your style with custom accessories so that you walk down the aisle looking elegant and feeling special.


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Alisha Jemelian

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1. Introduction: My name is Alicia and I am a wedding veil designer. Graduations, you are engaged. You have a ring on your finger. You are in love, and you are planning the biggest party of your life. It sounds so wonderful, but then you get down to the details and it's overwhelming. So at least for this small area of your wedding, the wedding veil, I'm going to give you an easy, stress-free roadmap. You will decide the perfect vehicle for you and literally just four steps. This course is designed for brides who want to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day. But it is also for those who are interested in fashion design and the parietal industry. You will learn technical wedding industry terms regarding colors, styles, and civil lets. You will learn why brides wear wedding veils and the origin of their winning traditions. You will also learn the common mistake that brides can make when choosing their wedding day look and how you can avoid it. Wedding planning is stressful. You want the look of your dreams while not looking like every other cookie cutter bride, you have a unique story to tell. And that is why I am here to help. So what's complement your wedding day look with custom accessories. So you walk down the aisle looking elegant and feeling special. 2. Shocking Wedding Traditions and How they Began: So what is the big deal about wedding veils? Why do they matter? Why do prides even wear them? Well, most scholars agree that the wedding veil tradition dates all the way back to Roman times. So Ancient Roman times when brides used to wrap themselves up in long pieces of fabric in wedding veils basically. And these wedding veils serves three purposes. The first one was that a would actually hide the bride from the groom. Four arranged marriages. So brides who maybe were not the most physically attractive wood hide themselves from the groom, and that would remain a secret until the wedding night. And the second reason was that it was a symbol of her purity and innocence. And the third reason was there was the belief that the veil would protect the bride from evil spirits that would try to inflict harm on her, to inflict harm on her marriage. So that's some interesting backstory. It was read, revived. The wedding veil is read, revived by Queen Victoria. She was the first monarch to officially wear a wedding veil. And it's actually pretty exciting. She was so into her wedding veil that she declared to everyone that she wanted to be buried in it. I'm not sure if that actually happened. Hopefully her wishes were honored, but let's just say that she strongly adored her wedding veil. These days. However, wedding veils are more of a fashion statement there that first and foremost, they are for a bride to express her unique individuality in the same way that her wedding dress expresses her personality and her style. So first and foremost, wedding veils these days in modern times are a fashion statement. However, the other thing that they are in modern times is they are an heirloom. Brides are the, are the veils or the part of the wedding ensemble that brides typically will preserve and passed down for generations to come in the same way that they do with their wedding dress. So it's an heirloom that the bride plans to pass on for her future daughters, maybe her future daughter in laws. And it's start-up her family legacy of physical representation of that. 3. Step 1: Choose your Wedding Style: Step one, define your bridal style. I want you to choose one word that describes you and your wedding. Are you having an elegant wedding? Maybe you're having a bohemian wedding. Maybe you're having a traditional wedding, classic. What else is there? Sheikh? Sophisticated, glamorous. The list goes on and on. I want you to choose just one word that is going to describe your wedding day and all the decisions that you make for your wedding, whether it's the vendors you work for, the venue that you choose, it's all going to be filtered through this lens of the one word that you choose. Give this word to every vendor that you work with and their job will be a whole lot easier. There'll be able to deliver on what it is that you're expecting in a much better way. My professional tip as an expert in the bridle industry for over ten years is don't claim too hard to whatever your childhood fantasy was of what your wedding day would be like. Maybe when you were a little girl or a teenager, you thought that you would have the Cinderella wedding. Maybe now that you're older, you want something that's a little bit more elegance, a little bit more timeless. Or maybe you never even thought of a wedding growing up. You didn't even wedding wasn't even on your radar. And now that you're getting into the plan and you decide you want to feel really special. And you want something that's really glamorous, or you want something that's going to be a true happily ever after. Just don't claim too tightly to whatever your childhood fantasy was. Let it go. No matter what you choose. It's, it's about more than how it all turns out. It's about you and your group and the fact that you are committing their lives to one another. So step one, that word that describes you and your wedding, that brings me to your class project, which is to complete this step number 12, post-war your wedding word is in the discussion below. Maybe you have a fairy tale or a celestial wedding, as you see in the video playing in the background, where maybe you're not even engaged. But if you were engaged during Now, what would your one wedding word be posted in the discussion below? 4. Step 2: Long vs Short Veils - Veil Lengths: Two, You are going to decide whether you want a long or a short wedding fail. Now this is one of the biggest and hardest decisions in general. Sometimes brides note they want, but most of the time they're on the fence. Couple of prose of long wedding veil is it gives you that drama as you walk down the aisle. Another pro is that it makes for a really amazing wedding photos. Another pro is that a long veil actually typically will allow you to show off a heavily detailed back to wedding dress. So you, if you have, say, a bowl at the back of the dress or a low back or heavy lace detail. A long veil means that you won't run the risk of cutting up the design of your dress in an awkward place. I know that seems counterintuitive because sometimes brides are like heavily detailed train. So I can't wear a long veil, but actually the opposite is true along veil gives you that very elongating effect and it doesn't cut up your wedding dress in any awkward places. Short wedding veils. I love short wedding veils. They have more of a fun, timeless Sheikh, modern feel to them. The pro is that they're easier to move around in. You can flip your hair all night long. You can literally where it just for the ceremony straight to the reception and you won't even notice it saying your hair. I think that it is generally less expensive for brides who are on a budget and he wanted to save for other aspects of their wedding. So saving money is always a pro. Another pro is that it tends to work better for outdoor weddings. I'm not saying that you can't wear a long veil for outdoor weddings, but short bills are typically the way that a professional will. I recommend you go. If you're in an outdoor setting that might be a little bit rough, that might have a lot of wind. So far I've given you a general sense as to the difference between a short and a long veil. But now rather than just giving you an overview, I'm actually going to go more in detail and actually explain to you what the two main factors are that you should consider when choosing a wedding veil length. There are two main factors go into determining whether you should wear a long or a short fail. The first one is the silhouette of your wedding dress. And we're gonna talk about that more. Do you have a silhouette full? Do you have a ball gown, a line type of dress, or do you have a very slim cut and more like a sheath style dress? The other consideration when you are trying to decide whether to wear a long or short fail is What is your venue like? What's the the style of your wedding? Is it more formal, isn't more laid back? What is your venue looking like? So that's another really good. Key thing to be considering as you are planning what your wedding veils should be. So let's start with the beginning. The silhouette of your wedding dress. In general. Ball gowns and fuller gowns tend to look more balanced with veils that are longer and that are more voluminous, that have more puff and that have more volume. Because your wedding dress already has a lot of fabric, it has a lot of fullness. So you need a veil that is going to be long enough to be able to balance that out. So typically, if you have addressed that's just really dramatic and full, you do need avail that matches that. Long veils or perfect for the princess bride, for the Cinderella loving pride, or for the bride who just really wants to make a statement. Cathedral length vales are some of the most popular long veils and they start right there over a 100 inches, they're about a 108 inches and you can even do longer than that. A royal length Vale, which starts at about a 120 inches, goes all the way up to as really as long as you would like it to be. Chapel link fails are also another long veil, about 19 inches in length. And we're gonna take a look at some examples actually that you can see on your screen. Now what if you have a sheath dress or a slimmer cut wedding dress? What should you wear with that? Well, in general, you're going to want a veil that does not overshadow your dress. So we're talking about fingertip length, which hits right the fingers. An elbow length fail, which hits to the elbows, or even a short shoulder length fail works. All of those work really well with sheath style dresses and with dresses that just have a slimmer cut. Now the seconds consideration as you are choosing your wedding veil, pass to do with what is your venue and what is the style of your wedding? Do you have a more formal church wedding or a cathedral wedding? Something that is going to be very elegant and black tie. Or do you have your wedding that it's a little bit more low key, maybe it's a little bit more bohemian. You have a very relaxed feel to your wedding. Well, different lengths of vales are more appropriate for different types of styles of weddings. So longer veils, of course, they are more traditionally worn for formal and elegant weddings were brides want a sense of ceremony and royal opulence. Extravagance for malady and grandeur are all name the game for this. And they make an incredibly dramatic walked down the aisle. And these long veils they make for really amazing photographs. That's one of my favorite reasons for suggesting a long rail. So ask yourself these types of questions. Are you getting married in a church or cathedral? Are you having a black tie, formal wedding? Are you having a huge wedding with lots of guest and a grand spacious ceremony or grand spacious space. If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might want to consider them more traditional, long veil as it's going to better fit your venue. Now, what about if you are more of a go with the flow bride who wants a rustic and casual party atmosphere for your special day. You want something that's chic and stylish and no fuss, maybe you're getting married outside. In this case, a shorter pleasure or elbow we're fingertip fail is perfect for you. Basically, you're wanting a veil that is not so long that it touches the ground so that you're able to move around freely. So it was short or middling. The veil is ideal for you if you are a fun, playful Bride, it also works for brides who are non-traditional and who want a bridal day look that has an alternative flare. And this shorter vales are also easier to move around in. So long veal can't get caught up in the wind a bit more and be more cumbersome as you walk around. That being said, these rules are not hard and fast rules. I have had so many brides getting married outside who go the long veil. I cannot tell you how many because there's just something about a long veil that makes it bride feel like a bride. So it's definitely possible you just need a little bit of extra help from your mom or your bridesmaids. So in conclusion, long Cathedral in chapel vales are better suited for wedding dresses that are Fuller, and for ceremonies that are more grand and more formal in nature. This shorter veils like an elbow, we're fingertip length fail. Or more appropriate if your dress is a little bit slimmer, if you don't have as much bullying going on. And if you have a wedding is a bit more casual and go with the flow. If you want a fun, playful attitude. 5. Step 3: Bridal Color - White, Ivory, & Blush: Step three in the process is to choose your wedding veil color. So it goes without saying that you need to choose your dress before you choose your fail. But now step three is matching your veil to make sure that it coordinates with your dress. In general, it is actually better to go with a veil that is slightly lighter in color rather than darker in color as compared to your dress. For some reason this just brightens up. Wedding photos tends to look better. So I would recommend either Matching her veil pretty exactly to your address or going just a little bit lighter to brighten up your whole look. Now let's talk about what the most common wedding veil colors, R. So there are three main categories of color in the wedding industry. These are the Orthodox colors that you see, nothing untraditional. The first one is called white. This is a pure white. It is as white as a sheet of printer paper or something that you would see that is bleached white. It is pure, it is bright. It is what you traditionally think of when you think of a wedding dress. Now the second color is called auth white. It's also sometimes called diamond white. It can even be called natural white. These are all variations off white category. And this is a little bit darker, a little bit cream year than a pure white. But to the naked eye, you still would not be able to tell that it is a, it is not a pure white unless you were to hold up a piece of printer paper next to it, then you'd be able to see, okay, this is an off-white, it has a little bit of a premier undertone. Now the darkest color that you see, number three is something called ivory. Ivory can be called light ivory and tq, ivory. It can be called Pearl. There are many different names for this. Champagne is going a little bit darker than that as well. And all of these go under the category of the ivories. Ivory is, has a much stronger yellow undertone to it. And you will see that even with the naked eye and without comparing it to a piece of printer paper. It's a very flattering color for many different skin types because it's not quite as stark as a pure white. And these days we're seeing a lot of dresses being made somewhere in the ivory category. A professional tip that I have for you that might be a little bit different, is that your veil doesn't actually have to match your dress exactly. You will even see brides adding the veil for a pop of color. So maybe they're wearing jewelry that has some sort of statement piece as perhaps it has some blue, that's from the blue of their wedding colors. And then they choose a veil that has blue on the bottom or some type of Blue beating. And they're using that fail as a statement piece. So really the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing your color. It just depends on if you want something that's a little bit more streamlined or if you want something that is going to pop and really stand out. 6. Step 4: Embellishments, Lace, Beading, and Trim : Step four, this is my favorite step, you guys, I think it's going to be your favorite step two. This is the step where we choose the embellishments for your wedding veil. Whether it's lace or beating ribbon or flowers, really, there is no limit to what you can choose, and this is going to be fun. Let's talk about some of the most common embellishments. Because whether it's understated or bolds, a decorated Finish is really the key to making your bridal veil a swoon worthy masterpiece that elevates your wedding day look. So one of the most common embellishments is lace. I Lovelace. I love everything about lace. I hope you guys likely, if not, I'm sure that's, I can forgive you, I will try my best. One of the most common lace designs is something called Shan Tilly lace. This one super soft, very almost see through. This is the softest type that is available. It's delicate and very light and floaty. The other type of lattice is called French Alice and lace, and this is a little bit heavier. It's obviously comes from France. It has courting and has a 3D textured effect. You also have more bold lace designs like a Venice lays. All of these are really pretty, if you wanna statement. Sometimes they look a little bit more bohemian, little more eclectic, because they have distinctive shapes and patterns. You don't have to go with lace though. Okay. I told you I wouldn't judge you if you didn't like lay. So the other option is to go with a finished trim, perhaps something like a ribbon edge on your wedding veil. You can even do a horse hair, which is really fun. All show you a photo of this cascade fail with horse hair. You can, even if you are really minimalistic, you can choose something called a pencil hedge and a pencil edge veil looks like you take a fine white pencil and you just gently outline the shape of your veil on the edges. And this is basically just a small little thread that gets done in a, polishes your whole look right up. Now if you don't want lace, finished edge is a little bit too boring for you. Then you can go with a beaded edge. You can go with a rights don't trim. You can go with scattered beating throughout. It adds that touch of sparkle and when the lights hate you, oh my gosh, it is really going to pick up that beating. This is especially good if your dress has a little bit of beating throughout and then your fill kind of mimic that beating on the edge. Now let's say you are really simple. You want something that is almost seamless and that just gives you that perfect finishing touch without distracting from you or your dress at all. Then you can go with the raw edge. This means there is no finish and this has its own beauty. It will keep the focus on you and your face and your dress. It will keep the attention on where it's supposed to be, which is on you and your natural beauty. 7. Why you Should NOT Match your Accessories to your Dress: Now the best professional tip that I can give you when it comes to choosing your wedding veil, is that your veil does not have to match your dress exactly. You want it to coordinate, but you want it to be almost an effortless coordination so that it doesn't look to match. She, I love bridal looks where it just happens to all come together, but it doesn't look like it's too planned. So let's look at some examples of what that might look like of brides who are coordinating without being too mad. She, okay, I love this bride. She has a simple, long-sleeved crepe gown. It's vintage because it's so glamorous, kind of has a 19-22 feel. Her dress has not a stitch of lace. And yet she chose a lace edging on her veil. And this lace gives her veil of vintage feel she chooses to wear at the top of her head. And that also gives her more of a vintage traditional feel. So yeah, HER dresses and have any lace on it and her veil does. But they both have that vintage glamorous feel. Oh my gosh. Okay. What about this fried? She has a scallop lace on the train. I'm hoping you can see it from this photo. And she also has a scallops lace border on the neck line. And that is mirrored in the veil with this understated scallops lace trim. So you have the scallops on the veil, you have with the scallops on the dress. It all ties together effortlessly. Now what if you have addressed with heavy beating, say heavy beating at the bodice, at different areas on the skirt. Well then you can tie that in with some similar beating on your veil and loved this one because this is a Juliette cap style that Juliet's Have a very vintage, retro feel. And you can see that it has heavily detailed and Ryan stones throughout, especially on the top, and that really ties in well with her beaded bodice. Take a look at this quirky in beau WHO pride. She got married actually, she, she eloped on a beach and you see how her dress has these cool little dangling things. I don't even know what you'd call that like some sort of lace, but there's no ribbon at all on her dress and yet eat she chose avail that has a simple ribbon edging. So they go together without being too matching. And this way, the focus really stays on her dress, which is really quite unique with those embroidery that's kind of hanging off like that.