To veil or not to veil? The age-old question of wearing a veil or not is often the most defining aspects of a bride’s appearance, after the wedding gown of course! Some decide to go traditional with chapel length veils, whilst some have transformed the veil by making it shorter, adding flowers or even incorporating a 1950’s hairstyle nets, whilst others have just decided not to have one at all.
With the question hot on our minds, this week we decided to delve a bit deeper into the veil and where better to find out more about this than at one of our favourite bridal accessory boutiques – Olivier Laudus.
Situated just around the corner from Bond Street Station, Olivier Laudus is a bridal accessory boutique aimed at brides with refined tastes and an appreciation for elegance, luxury, and glamour. Founded in 2004 by husband and wife team, Olivier and Sangeeta Laudus, with a collection of handmade designer wedding ring cushions, the range has grown and Olivier Laudus is now THE destination for stylish wedding accessories including bridal jewellery, tiaras, statement headbands, bejewelled hair-combs, dreamy veils, stylish bridal bags, and lots more.
We sat down with Olivier to discover what to consider if choosing a veil and here is what we found out:
Can you give us a bit of history on the wedding veil?
The bridal ‘veil’ received its name from its literal definition, meaning to mask or cover. A traditional symbol of marriage, the Ancient Greeks saw the veil as a method of protecting the bride-to-be from evil spirits. Superstition had it that it was considered to be bad luck for the groom to see the bride prior to the wedding, so a veil hiding her face ensured that the groom would not see his bride-to-be. The lifting of the veil was ceremonially recognised as the crowning event of the wedding, when the beauty of the bride was finally revealed to the groom and the guests.
What are your top 5 tips for choosing a veil?
- Decide if you want a blusher (2 tier veil) or a single tier veil.
- Should you want to show off the back of your dress simply ask for a slightly less gathered veil to make it more transparent.
- If you have a busy dress, choose a simple veil and vice versa. Lace dresses work well with simple raw or fine edge veils.
- Decide on the length of the veil depending on the type of dress you have. This is the most crucial part of choosing a veil which ideally requires a professional opinion.
- Decide on the fabric: some veils can feel quite structured which works well for a shorter veil however we recommend a finer Italian tulle for longer veils.
Do you think veils are making a comeback? Or did they simply never leave?
I don’t think they ever left but since last year we’ve seen a big increase in brides wanting a veil to complete their outfit.
Where do you source your veils from?
We use a company called ‘Joyce Jackson’, a second generation family run business based in Rhyl (Wales). They source only the best and finest tulles from the most reputable mills and the lace from the four corners of the earth. They have a specialist team who hand cut the veils, so that no machine ever touches the delicate frills of the bride’s veil.
Are there other options besides lace detailing?
Yes, there’s an array of edges to choose from, from satin flowers embroidered with pearls and glass beads to different width satin edges. For dresses with plenty of detail, I recommend a simple raw edge in a very soft fabric.
Does a veil have to cover my face?
It is traditional for the bride to wear her wedding veil covering her face so that the groom can lift it after they exchange their vows (or, as many people do, so the father of the bride can lift it when he gives away his daughter); the custom goes back to the times when the lifted wedding veil represented the handover of the bride from her father’s home to her husband’s. Since time has changed, the bride doesn’t need to be handed over. This is one of the reasons why many brides now choose long single tier veils (one layer of tulle is more transparent so the back of the dress is more prominent) opposed to two tier veils which sometimes create unnecessary volume and can detract from the dress.
In 2015, what has been your most popular veil length?
Definitely a single tier chapel length. Typically around 90 inches (228.6 cm) long, these veils drape down to the floor and are best partnered with dresses that feature a train.
Do you do custom veils or are they ‘off the peg’?
Both. We have a range of veils that only take 2-3 days for delivery but if the veil is made to order it usually takes 3 weeks.
Can you still wear hear accessories with a veil?
Absolutely! One option is to create a regal look by wearing a tiara however there’s a danger to over-accessorise as the hair piece and jewellery will be visible at the same time. I usually recommend to spread the ‘bling’ by opting for a hair comb that sits just above the comb of the veil (as long as the veil is attached just above a Chignon). It’s always nice to have detail from every angle in the pictures.
Are you considering a veil but have no idea where to begin? Book a consultation at Olivier Laudus and let them inspire you.
Address: 63 Wigmore Street, London W1U 1PX
Telephone: 020 8374 1239
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