Wedding Attire Extras to consider

Following our previous blog article: “To Veil or not to Veil?”, today we would like to explore the variety of veils and wedding attire extras that are available for a bride to consider.

In olden times, the veil was a traditional piece worn by the bride in order to shield the her face from her groom, especially in the case of arranged marriages.  Superstitious beliefs also pointed to the veil as a must accessory to avoid bad luck if the groom were to see his bride prior to the start of the ceremony.

Blending these notions together so that the bride wore the veil to ward any such evil beings and for her father to guide her down the aisle so she never tripped or bumped into anything. Over the years the veil became a religious and symbolic item relating to the bride and her dress. The dress coloured white meaning an act of chastity and innocence whilst the veil brought modesty and obedience.

Nowadays around 65% of brides choose to wear a veil and they range in a variant of styles and fashions.

Traditional Veils

  • The Chapel/Cathedral Veil is the longest of veils, measuring around 9 to 12 feet in length and is worn in more traditional weddings.
  • The Fingertip Veil falls to the waist in length and brushes past the fingertips.
  • The Sweep Veil is floor length.
  • A Flyaway Veil is a short veil to the end of the bride’s shoulders.
  • The Blusher Veil is a very short veil that only covers the face.
  • And finally the Birdcage Veil is a cage like netted veil that frames the face just below the eye-line.

The above are fairly traditional types of veils that have been used by brides for many years.  As the fashion industry progressed, weddings have become a huge market and more contemporary styles have also been seen.

Contemporary Veils

  • The Lace Veil is made up entirely of lace and is long in length.
  • The Juliet Cap is a netted veil-like cap covering half of the bride’s head, then falling to one side.
  • A Mantilla Veil is head-to-floor in length, hangs from the head, across the shoulders and down besides the body.
  • An Extravagant Veil hangs from the head to the floor, yet is exquisitely covered in large decorations or bold patterns.
  • A Halo Veil covers the entire body and is kept in place with a decorative halo-like piece.
  • Boho Veil is where the veil is hung from the back of the hair by a bandeau-like piece from the front for a more contemporary look.
  • Lastly a Bandeau Veil is very similar to the Birdcage Veil yet is more masque-ball-like and covers only the eyes in a lace material.


If you prefer not to wear a veil but still want a cover up, there are various options to consider. There are stylish pashminas, boleros, shrugs and toppers to go wear with your dress. Depending on the location of your wedding could also edict your attire.  If you were to have a traditional church wedding, a classical look tends to be more appropriate.  For less formal weddings, then a light pashmina or lace topper would enhance the bride’s look. If the wedding were outdoors, wearing a shrug or warm crochet shawl would be ideal to keep the bride warm.

Article by Guest Blogger Charlene McKenzie

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