Bridal Veils Are Back

The Spring 2013 bridal collections that were recently shown in New York didn’t just showcase the newest wedding gowns; they also gave us a peek at upcoming wedding accessory trends. Unlike the wedding dresses, which will not be available in stores for many months, accessory trends are something that a bride can jump on now, which is fun. To me, the most exciting thing was to see the return of traditional bridal veils.

Birdcage veils have become so common over the last couple of years that even very traditional brides were wearing them. The little retro-inspired pouf of netting certainly has a chic appeal, but I must confess that I have missed seeing brides walk down the aisle with a soft cloud of tulle around them. Well like all trends, the birdcage veil seems to have reached its peak, and now it is starting to slowly fade away, making room for more classic long veils. Several designers featured lovely bridal veils in their runway shows, which I thought really enhanced the romantic nature of many of the current wedding gowns.

The designer who really made the most of bridal veils in her Spring 2013 collection was Carolina Herrera. She showed some lovely simple veils which were quite sheer and completed the bridal gowns beautifully. The Carolina Herrera show featured a lot of circle veils, which are relatively flat on the top, and fall over the face as a long blusher. When a real bride wears a circle veil, she can push the blusher back after the ceremony and she will have a pretty two tier veil flowing down her back. There were also some very special circle veils shown with delicate lace trim to complement the wedding dresses. What I found notable was the lack of veils with gathered tops; in other words, there was little fullness to the veils and no pouf on the top.

Monique Lhuillier also featured classic bridal veils in her Spring 2013 runway show. Like Carolina Herrera, the veils were minimally gathered. What is so beautiful about this type of veil is that it is very, very sheer. It gives the bride a softness, but still allows every special detail of her wedding gown to be fully seen. Monique Lhuillier’s collection also featured a breathtaking lace veil that matched a lace gown. The veils were being worn a bit back on the head, which also helps to showcase a pair of special wedding earrings. If you are getting married this year, it is not too late to order a long simple circle veil for your wedding ceremony. The reality is that most grooms will probably prefer the familiar bridal veil to an avant garde feather fascinator, and veils always look so classic in the wedding photos.