Things I Heart: Veils

In the beginning, I had no intention of wearing a veil. My sister didn’t wear a veil at her wedding; therefore, I didn’t need to wear a veil. Much to Mama Tartlet’s chagrin, that about summed up my fool-proof logic. That is, until I went dress shopping and the bridal consultant slyly tucked that magical piece of fabric in my hair. I did a complete 180 and went from giving veils a cursory glance to drooling over the options. And, oh! To have photos like these:


Ryan Estes via Style Me Pretty


Elizabeth Messina via Snippet & Ink


This shot from BM Laura’s wedding sets my heart aflutter (isn’t she gorgeous?)

If I thought choosing a dress was difficult, the sheer number of veil options makes my head spin. I’m totally enamored with the vintage glamour of birdcage veils:



I’m fond of mantilla veils because of my affection for lace. They’re stunning and dramatic, but because my dress is all-over lace, I fear overdoing it.



Let’s not forget the petite veils! I also like the shorter, simple-but-sweet style with a bit of volume:



Which corner are you in, girls? Veil, or no veil? And, if you are wearing one, how on earth did you decide on a style that complements your gown?


Mrs. Tartlet

Rochester, MI
Wedding Date:
May 2011
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    longlegsrule 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:30 pm

    I’m trying to find an antique piece of lace for mine…just to tuck under the back of my hair…it’s going to be way too hot and awkward to deal with a big veil. They are beautiful though…

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    napabridekelsey 3373 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:31 pm

    I won’t be wearing a veil. My dress is super dramatic, and I just don’t want to overdo it. Plus, I can’t justify buying a veil, and then taking out 20 minutes later.
    I’ll have a pretty beaded headband to substitute.

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:31 pm

    I love my cathedral veil! At first I wasn’t considering veils, either, but I’m so glad I did. Putting it on really makes you go ‘wow! I’m a bride!’

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    Darice, Guest @ 1:36 pm

    I’m with you exactly about the mantilla. I also have a lace dress and not sure if its too much. Buying a mantilla straight from a boutique is a little pricey too. I’ll have to look into the boards and then it would be sight unseen. Its all very stressful :-)

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    jillocb 198 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:39 pm

    I didn’t want a veil but my Mom asked me to wear one and since my parents didn’t ask much of me for the wedding, I wore a $135 veil for a whopping 30 minutes According to my Dad, it was money well spent b/c of this picture alone:

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    cr6zy 1187 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:40 pm

    i was anti veil but then my mom sent me hers and told me if i wanted i could cut it up or use it or whatever so i threw it in a box. when she passed away i pulled it out, folded it so it was 2 layers and put a pin on it. so now im veiled

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    tink4kali 66 posts, Worker bee @ 1:45 pm

    Veil! I was totally on board with the veil train when I got to the dress shop. Then they started putting these finger tip to elbow length veils on me and I felt like I was being swallowed whole by fabric. Did. Not. Like. Then I tried a birdcage veil and fell in love. I’m back on the veil band wagon!

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    Imagelicious 450 posts, Helper bee @ 1:47 pm

    I never wanted a long veil, always thought I’d wear a modern hairpiece or a birdcage veil. While choosing my dress I decided to try a long cathedral veil and fell in love with it. So, now I am planning on wearing a very simple, no embelishments 2-tier cathedral veil for the ceremony and then changing it for a fun and modern birdcage veil for the reception.

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    thefuturemrs.o 221 posts, Helper bee @ 1:49 pm

    I’m saying no veil right now, but I think I’m going to be put into the same position as you… once I see it on, I might fall in love.

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    mightywombat 5041 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:58 pm

    I was utterly confident in my no-veil position until I saw Mrs. Jelly’s last post! I’m sure I still won’t have one – it costs extra, it doesn’t fit the casual vibe of my backyard wedding, I don’t love the traditional symbolism of veils – but wow, her pics really gave me fantasies of a beautiful cathedral veil!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:13 pm

    @napabridekelsey: Ahh! I didn’t even think about that. o.O I suppose it’s not very conducive to eat and dance while wearing a billowing veil, eh?
    @Mrs. Rainbow: That’s exactly how they make me feel, too. 😉
    @jillocb: Gorgeous! And, I’m in love with your necklace!
    @Imagelicious: That’s an awesome idea, and makes a lot of sense. Some ladies change dresses, so why not veils? Brilliant!
    @mightywombat: Aren’t her photos to die for? Ditto!

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    mrsbowieii 704 posts, Busy bee @ 3:31 pm

    I strongly disliked veils they looked like mosquito nets to me but after talking with my future husband he wants to see one and so i have slightly removed some of my dislike.

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    cheetah 297 posts, Helper bee @ 3:40 pm

    A bee after my own heart… I adore veils.

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    mrswrinkles, Guest @ 3:40 pm

    I’m wearing a veil because our ceremony will take place in a huge cathedral, so I’d love to have one for the beautiful and dramatic effect. I found one when I went dress shopping and discovered THE DRESS. The sales assistant suggested a veil and it was perfect. I was sold.

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    missmandy, Guest @ 3:41 pm

    I am pro veil, I love that they are dramatic for pictures but mostly the thought of walking down the isle with it over my face….ohhhh. BUT I am having an outdoor wedding and hate the thought of it being out of control during the ceremony. Can you buy weights to hold it down in the wind? If not I may invent that!

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    soon2Bfournames 87 posts, Worker bee @ 4:00 pm

    I swore up and down I wouldn’t wear a veil and didn’t try any on with my dress. As I started putting my look together I thought it needed a little something so I bought a simple fingertip length veil and the moment I put it on I was SOLD. I’ve opted out of so many traditional elements that this very traditional thing made the wedding feel real – and I am psyched!

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    Kim, Guest @ 4:45 pm

    The photographer from the first photo (Ryan Estes) is the one we are using for our wedding – hmm…maybe I should be re-thinking this veil business too!!

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    Sunlavender 567 posts, Busy bee @ 4:49 pm

    I can’t decide either! At first I only wanted a silk flower in my hair but the closer it gets the more I’m wavering on wanting a veil.

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    redbullfanatic 489 posts, Helper bee @ 5:31 pm

    I was very anti-veil…it just felt stupid. But I kept thinking what other time can I wear a veil?! I have to have a veil! So I got a simple elbow length veil and only wore it during the ceremony…and honestly I wish I hadn’t. It’s not a big deal but I just think oh man that veil was soooo not me.

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    annapeeps 85 posts, Worker bee @ 5:40 pm

    I have an all lace dress, and my veil is kinda like a modified mantilla, it has lace on it, but just a little on the edge of the lower half of it. the lace matches my dress perfectly, so it just kinda blends in, its really nice!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:40 pm

    I went veil-less, but I so adore photos with the long veils…

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