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The History and the tradition of the Bridal Veil.

In ancient wedding rituals, the lifting of the veil (blusher) symbolizes the groom taking possession of the wife, protecting the bride from evil spirits, the revelation of the bride by her parents, to the groom, for his approval. In Medieval times, it was worn as a symbol of purity and chastity.  In arranged marriages, the veil was used to save everyone embarrassment, that the groom might not like the bride whom he sees for the first time, at their wedding.  In many religions, the veil symbolizes humility and respect before God, during a religious ceremony. During Victorian times, the Royals had the longest veils and the longest trains, which symbolized their status.

Today, generally, we assume the groom has seen his bride and won’t be disappointed and that the evil spirits most likely don’t exist.  So the tradition of the veil is more of a finishing touch to the brides attire.  A veil not only ties together the whole bridal look, but choosing a veil is almost as personal and emotional of a decision as selecting the gown itself.  9 out of 10 bridal entourages wind up crying the minute a veil is put on the bride, who is standing before them, in the gown she just said yes to!  Why?  Because it becomes so real, right then and there.

There are so many styles of veils, that it almost seems that no two veils are alike.  From raw or cut edged veils, to beaded or ribbon edged veils, the possibilities are truly endless.  But here are some basic veil terminologies that can help decide which veil is right for you.

Basic and most common Veil Styles:

Shoulder or fly away veil:  These are typically shorter veils, usually at shoulder or just below the shoulder in length.  They are usually a raw or cut edge, meaning there is nothing trimming the veil.  It’s just short and sweet.

Elbow Length:  Veil will be just at elbow length.

Fingertip Length:  Is just what it alludes to, the veil will end just at your fingertips.  This is a very common veil length because it’s not too light and it’s not too heavy.  It can be raw edge or trimmed with beading, lace or anything.

Waltz Length:  Typically about 60” long.  This is in between fingertip and chapel length veils.

Chapel Length:  Usually runs between 90”-108”

Cathedral Length:  Usually runs between 108” and 120”, but these are the super long and dramatic veils you will typically see for effect.

Keep in mind that veil length is not the only decision you will need to make.  You may also want a blusher.  That’s the piece that actually covers your face.  Often times, bridal salons make the blushers detachable, so the bride can keep the veil on for the rest of the evening and just remove the facial veil or blusher, as we refer to it.

Edging and trim of the veil is what we look for to help match the look of the bridal gown.  All of these options are what make each bride stand apart from the next one.  No two brides usually look the same.  Accessorizing the bridal gown is key to personalizing each bride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

Just like foreground is incomplete without background, similarly, a bride is incomplete without her bridesmaids. Your bridesmaids draw a perfect picture for you so you can walk right in front of it, all dolled up in your beautiful white dress. You have chosen them to be your bridesmaids because you know they are an important part of your life and you would want them all by your side when you say, “I do”.  Now what would be a more perfect way to thank your bridesmaid for their valuable presence other than making sure they are dressed to perfection?

We have heard many stories and watched many movies where the bridesmaids are never happy with their dresses. So much that it has become conditioned into our minds to think that something will always go wrong with the bridesmaid’s dress. To crush that stereotype and of course, to make sure your bridesmaid remains content with what you chose for her, here are some tips you, as a bride, should keep in mind.

§  It’s not necessary to make an obvious color match

You do not want your bridesmaid to look back at the wedding photos and curse you for making them look uncoordinated and misfit in the whole picture. When picking their dresses, make sure to incorporate some element of your wedding theme in their dresses, even if you are not going for the obvious color match. Like we said it earlier, your bridesmaids complete the picture on your big day.

§  Consider their individual style

Selecting a single color and same fit for all is a very common and the easiest approach when it comes to choosing the dresses for your bridesmaids. Even if it is your day, you still have to consider the individual style of each of your bridesmaids, you have to consider their choice of necklines, hem lengths, sleeve design etc., so they can maintain their own unique charm.

§  You can always consider going for contrasting colors

Your bridesmaid would probably not mind if you decide to make them outstand. Contrasting colors allow you to make a bold statement. Gold with white, navy blue with white, magenta with pastel green – choices are many.  This way, there will be no color clash, and it will give a wider scope to the whole scenario.

§  Set an affordable budget beforehand

Typically, the bride pays for the bridesmaid’s dress, as a token of gratitude. However, if you are not following that trend then have a discussion before going to shop for the dresses. Set a budget that suits everyone so no one feels left out in anyway.

§  Have a fitting session a week before the wedding

Do not leave anything for the last minute – this is the first rule of having a perfect wedding. Even if you checked the dress fitting at the time you purchased them, ask your girls to check them again a week ago. It is quite common for bride and the bridesmaid to eat more under wedding stress and gain extra weight. So, have the dressed checked for fitting once again and if any alterations need to be made, get an appointments to a seamstress so you will have one less thing to worry about on your wedding day.

For Bride’s Mother – Ways to Freeze the Moment in Time

One memory that never fades away is of your girl’s big day, when she finally starts her own life with her partner. Being a mother, you may want to cherish that moment for the rest of your life, and hold onto every moment of the day. Here, we are sharing some ways you can freeze that moment in time and relive it again whenever you have a trip down the memory lane.

The Wedding Dress – Instead of giving it to someone or reusing it in some other way, keep it safe as it is, with the air of that day still infused in the dress, and the smell of perfume she wore. Keep it safe in a special box, wrapped in tissues and one-day hand it over to your daughter once again so she can pass it on to her daughter or her future daughter in law.

The Bride’s Bouquet – It may not smell as nice as it did on the day, but it will forever have the “feels” in it. You will want to hold your wedding bouquet throughout the ceremony. You can open up the bouquet and have the flowers dried and pressed individually, or you can collectively dry it out, and press it to have it framed. If you don’t want to get it framed, then maybe you can keep it in your wedding album.

Little Some things – For a sentimental bride, and even more sentimental mother of the bride, every little thing holds a special significance. This is why you may want to hold onto the little things, which made your wedding day big – your shoes, the hairpin, cake topper, champagne flutes, a broach on your dress, the earring you wore. Save them up in a box and keep it away to one-day pass it on to your daughter as heirloom or simply for someone else in your family to use.

The Invitation Card – Once all the invitations are sent out, keep one for yourself to have it framed or scrapbooked later on, as a reminder of where it all begun. It will make a great keepsake for you to look at for the rest of your life.

The Wedding Vows Promises stay forever, but for a keepsake that will remind you of your first words as a married couple together, wedding vows should be preserved in whatever way you had them written back then. Collect all the paper snippets and half-written word documents on your laptop that you created while looking for the perfect words. They will always remind you of that very moment, the nervousness and the anticipation to say the right words.

The Guestbook – Wedding is not complete without those whom you shared it with. In the moment, a guestbook may seem as a daunting task to take care of, but when all is said and done, you will want to hold onto it. It is a reminder of all the happy faces who made your day special. So, keep it safe.

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