Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Crowning Glory

I’ve always thought of not wearing a veil to my wedding for 2 reasons: 1) I don’t think I’d be comfortable in one and 2) I don’t think I’d look good in one. These thoughts were brought about by the more popularly-used type of veil by Pinay brides.

Photo by Dino Lara, from wedding of Jon+Cathryn

I also have a friend who recommended to me not to wear a veil, based on her personal experience. She wore a veil on her wedding day and walking down the aisle became so difficult for her because the veil and her tears clouded her vision. You won’t believe what happened—she tripped!

As I was envisioning myself walking down the aisle, the picture didn’t seem complete without the veil. I realized the veil adds to the drama of the image of a bride. So NOW I want a veil. The search for THE veil started. It should give equal importance to beauty and comfort.

According to
http://www.brides.com/, the following are the different types of veils:
1. Blusher – a single layer worn over the face during the procession.

Left photo from www.brides.com, veil by St. Pucchi; right photo from www.stylemepretty.com, veil by www.myweddingveil.com

2. Flyaway – a wispy, multi-layered veil that sweeps the shoulders.

Left photo from www.brides.com, veil by Elizabeth Filmore; right photo from Martha Stewart Weddings

3. Elbow – an A-line veil ending anywhere form the elbows to the fingertips.

Left photo, Grace Kelly; right photo is from www.brides.com, veil is by Oscar dela Renta

4. Fingertip – most versatile, this style is usually multilayered and touches the end of your fingers.

Left photo from www.brides.com, veil by Carolina Herrera; right photo by Cooper Carras, sourced from http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/

5. Sweep – a veil that brushes the ground, extending 8-12 inches beyond the gown
6. Chapel – a veil that extends to the floor, falling seven feet from the headpiece; may have multiple layers or a blusher veil
7. Cathedral – regal veiling that trails one to three yards behind the wedding dress.

Left photo from www.brides.com, veil by Anne Barge; right photo from www.brides.com, veil by Carolina Herrera

Talk about drama, this veil stood out among the hundreds of samples I’ve seen. It takes a lot to wear a black veil and this bride was able to pull it off. Cool huh?

Photo by Barnaby Draper, sourced from http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/

I also found these feather hairpices. This would be a good alternative for the veil. They can definitely add drama to my outfit without sacrificing comfort.

IMAGE 1 is from http://www.stylemepretty.com/, hair pieces by Sweets n Lo; IMAGE 2 is from http://www.stylemepretty.com/, hair piece is by Anna Be; IMAGE 3 is from Martha Stewart Weddings and snippet & ink, photgraphed by Lisa Lefkowitz; IMAGE 4 was sourced from http://www.notcot.org/

So what's your pick?