Here’s our second installment of Veil Vocab. Last month, we presented your choices above the shoulder. Today, we’ll start with two style categories, two-tier and mantilla, that aren’t defined by length. Then we’ll move on to the different mid-length veils, from shoulder to fingertip. The lucky part of these is they are named by body parts so they’ll be easier to remember. As before, we’ve gathered the best examples for you from some of our favorite vendors.
Two-Tier – This one isn’t so much a length as a style, but it’s an important category on its own. Just as the name implies, a two-tier veil, in any length, is two pieces of fabric attached at the crown that fall with one shorter than the other. Very traditional with TONS of variations. Here is Kate Middleton looking ravishing in hers.
Mantilla – Spanish in origin, these are lace or silk veils that are attached close to your forehead and flute sweetly around your face and shoulders. I’ve mostly seen it as a chapel or cathedral length, but I adore this short version from Wedzu! (I wore a mantilla veil at my wedding and loved it.)
Shoulder Length – Longer than a flyaway or bubble, but resting on your shoulders. I really love the lace edging on this one, from BellaBboutique on Etsy.
Elbow Length – This one just kisses your forearms while holding your bouquet. The mantilla we chose is a great example. This elbow-length version, from Sara Gabriel, is simple and lovely.
Fingertip – If you’re like me and need something to do with your hands when your nervous, try on a fingertip veil at your next fitting. There will be something to touch or grab all night and you won’t look fidgety because you can keep your arms relaxed at your sides. (Yes, I’m crazy enough to think of these things.) Here is BHLDN’s very first fingertip style, according to their site.
Questions? Suggestions? Tell us all about it in the comments! If you’re craving some longer styles, we’ll finish up this series soon with some very dramatic floor-length options.