04 April, 2011

Goldiluxe Explains: A Veil{ed} Attempt

Happy Monday, Y'all! I'm back from a short, but much needed bloggy break. How about a little glossary action for your Monday afternoon?

{Blusher} Blushers can be either a portion of an existing veil that covers your face or its own separate piece. It is worn covering the face and is typically lifted for the "kiss your bride" moment. Blushers are the most traditional and widely recognizable veil and can be worn to any length in front, but is usually not gathered.
  Blushers always remind me of movie weddings from Hollywood's Golden Age. I always imagine Cary Grant or Virginia Mayo or some other glamorous couple....
{Dropped} A flat, streamlined piece of tulle fastened anywhere on the head with hairpins and a comb.
Ah, an iconic picture of the fabulous Grace Kelley. What a ridiculously beautiful dropped veil. Isn't she just the living end? Sigh...
{Gathered} Gathered veils typically have rounded edges and the entire width is gathered across the top. This is the most common shape for bridal veils and works well with a blusher because it falls behind your face when worn back. Adding gathers increases the volume the veil.

{Mantilla} The mantilla is of traditional Spanish origin. It was made popular by Queen Isabel II in the mid-1800s (fun fact, no?) They are basically a large circle or oval made of chiffon or a likewise translucent fabric and usually feature lace details. Mantilla veils are worn flat for a very sleek, sheer look.

A lovely mantilla.

{Petal} A petal veil is generally made from three or more oblong oval pieces attached across the back of a headpiece. The veil hangs down to form "petals" around the bride's head and back. Petal veils are available in a number of lengths.

A cute, shoulder length petal veil.

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