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Posted on Feb 14, 2019

Bridal Guide bonus story: Thinly veiled suggestions

Very much like the bride’s face under a veil, the roots of a veil’s use at weddings isn’t exactly clear.

Nevertheless, the tradition is long-standing and continues to be popular.

Katrina Anderson, owner of Katrina’s Wedding Boutique in Wenatchee, said about 75 percent of brides she assists choose to wear a veil, and not always to cover their faces.

Most of those brides, Anderson said, wear their veil to the back. Some brides don’t know the traditions behind the bridal veil, they don’t want it covering their face as they’re walking down the aisle or they may be concerned about it blowing around in the wind, she said.

Anderson said that in the 1980s a blusher veil was common. This veil is the smaller portion of a wedding veil worn over the bride’s face, creating layers of veil when lifted back. Now, however, a one-piece veil is more popular, as it allows a good view of the back of the dress.

Veils come in a number of lengths to suit any bride’s style. Anderson has found fingertip length to be the most popular. As its name suggests, it falls to approximately the tips of the fingers when the bride’s hands are at her sides.

Other popular veil choices include chapel length and cathedral length.

“Some lace or sparkle at the bottom of the veil,” Anderson said, “is a nice way, if your dress is plain on the train, to add some pizzazz.”

No rule says these longer, dramatic lengths need an indoor venue. In January, Anderson had two brides choose cathedral length in one week. At least one of the brides plans to marry outdoors, Anderson said.

Most brides avoid shorter veil lengths because, Anderson said, “they compete with the back of the dress.”

On the other hand, a veil that ends mid-back may interrupt the line of the dress or its details.

Anderson said that most often the bride chooses the dress first, but some brides do come in with their mother’s veil or headpiece to use. Even if the veil has unrepairable damage, she said, it can be altered or added to a new headpiece to incorporate the family piece into the wedding ensemble.

The ease of securing today’s veils with a sturdy comb keeps a bride’s hairstyle options open. Anderson said she has brides try on veils as well as gowns, asking whether they intend to wear their hair up or down. She can then show them options that work with their chosen style.

To secure the comb during the ceremony, Anderson recommended inserting two bobby pins to form an X in the hair and then inserting the teeth of the comb through the X or inserting the comb first and then running one bobby pin across each end of the comb. This keeps the comb in place during photos and the ceremony, but allows easy removal for the reception.

With so many options, you’re sure to find one to suit your style. Just remember length and style are only two-thirds of the equation. Color is key also.

When picking a color, be picky, and remember, white is white. Ivory is ivory. Similar, but not the same, and when used together, it will show, Anderson said.

“It’s important to order your veil in the same color as your dress,” Anderson said.

By Jeannie Moraga, Special to the Post-Register

(This article is part of the Bridal Guide of The Quincy Valley Post-Register, which is now out in print. Copies are inside this week’s edition of the weekly newspaper and available at the office, 305 Central Ave. S, Quincy.)