Everything you need to know!
The very word 'veil', can bring fear in to the eyes of most brides to be - it seems to be a minefield of lengths, layers and detailing.
Some of you will know you definitely want a veil, others like me definitely don't
(that said, I walked down the aisle sporting a chapel length, 2 tiered, embroidered and beaded number - so figure that out!)
And the expense!! Well, it seems like such a lot of money for a bit of net - no matter how beautiful and bridal it makes you feel.
From experience, even the most adamant of veil haters often come round to the idea once they start trying on. So it's worth taking the plunge, keep an open mind and give it a go -
Wikipedia defines a veil as 'an article of clothing or hanging cloth that is intended to cover some part of the head or face or an object of some significance. The first veil made its appearance back in 1100BC. In modern day times, veils covering the hair and face became a symbolic reference to the virginity of the bride!
To make things a little easier and not quite so scary, here's brief run down of your veiling options....
Do you or don't you? My feeling is this, fingers crossed, you will only be a bride once, so, have everything......wear a veil.
Ok...as a general rule the lengths of veils are something similar to the image opposite, and it's very much a personal choice if you go for a shoulder length bridal wedding veil or a cathedral length. One or two things to consider, number 1, your venue, a church with a long wide aisle would show off a cathedral length wedding veil to perfection but a registry office may not, and the veil may be more of a hindrance. Number 2, how long through the day will you keep your veil on? It stands to reason a shorter waist length bridal veil would be easier to wear and you may keep it on longer through the day, although beautiful, the longer the veil the more difficult to manage.
Of course, wedding veils can be made to whatever length is required, so if you want something longer than a cathedral length it's definitely doable but remember to borrow your parents credit card when you go to order!
So next question....how many tiers?
For years, 2 tiers or 2 layers of tulle was the way to go, but in more recent times, the single layer veil has become increasingly popular particularly with the lace edge that is so on trend at the moment. Check out our Emma veil. Of course we have seen veils with up to 6 layers of tulle, (think 1980's) but strangely not so much in demand these days :)
Edging and detailing
Once decide on the length and tiers, the next choice is edging and detailing, lace, crystals, pearls, so much to choose from and very much a personal choice. To help you along the way it's often worth referring to your gown. So for example, a lace dress usually means a lace edge veil and a simple elegant dress could maybe carry a more detailed veil with a sparkle.
As for edging, a veil can have a plain cut edge, such as our Chloe full length bridal veil or the ever popular satin edge such as our Eleanor Short Bridal Veil, or any of the many other types of embroidery or beaded edge.
Personal preference comes into play here, there is no right or wrong. Buy what you like the look of, it's YOUR choice.
Most veils will be available in white, ivory, with a few being available in other colours such as champagne, honey gold, blush pink, pale blue. Most of these colours will be custom made so non returnable or refundable.
Bridal veils have a comb attached so they are easy to pop in your hair and would usually (but not always) be worn with a tiara or hair accessory. Some of the single layer veils have a comb included, but not sewn on, giving the option to have the veil draped over the hair and held in place with clips or pins.
Finally the question of whether to wear your veil over you face? The answer....it's very much a personal choice, there are no rules nowadays. Try it at your fittings or your hair trials. It doesn't suit everybody and there is always the problem of lifting the veil through the ceremony- but if you can get past that...how beautiful, traditional and bridal would you look and feel?
Well, we've been up and running now for a little over 6 months and I wondered whether you wanted to know a bit more about Bridal Pieces. My name is Maria and I have been in the bridal industry for ....wow.....a little over 15 years. Initially, I had a bridal shop in Cheshire and was privilege to help many, many brides find their dream dress, together with literally 1000's of bridesmaid, prom girls and ladies wanting dresses for special occasions in their life. It is a beautiful if not a little stressful business to be in, but thoroughly enjoyable to be continually surrounded by beautiful things and happy people.
Whilst no longer having a bricks and mortar shop, I have masses of experience and knowledge to be able to source gorgeous products that every bride can afford, and wanted to still be able to be part of their special day. So I set out to do the following :-
I'm not on my own though, I have help from family members packing deliveries and website 'grunt work' as my 15 year old son calls it. Many thanks to them :)
I hope you enjoy browsing through our products and hope you find something you love and buy. Please drop me an email if there is something you are looking for and can't find, I will try my best to source it for you. email@example.com
There's a chill in the air! Mornings are nippy, the sky looks grey and dull, and everything feels just a little bit ....well..... damp!
So while your off the shoulder, strapless, backless or illusion lace dress was a good idea when it was ordered in the summer heat, right now you may be thinking you will be just a tad cold on your way to church.
With this in mind, this months blog is all about the beautiful cover ups that are available to keep you warm whilst still looking your glamorous self.
Whilst the weather is cooling and we still have the odd sunny moment a lightweight shrug might be the order of the day, something to take the chill off, whilst not loosing any of your wonderful bare shouldered look. Take a look at our Molly bolero...
A heavier lace might be more suitable and a bit warmer if needed and very much still on trend. Take a look at our best selling Caitlin jacket, with lace buttons at the back, this gorgeous jacket not only keeps the chill off but look glamorous and works well with any gown....
If you are looking for something a little bit more substantial and a jacket to keep you warm and toasty as we get more in the winter months and the temperature starts to drop, look no further than these little beauties....
Happily there are a few lovely options for the winter bride, so even if the sky is grey and the temperature is chilly you will still be your most gorgeous glamorous self........X
So the wedding fayre season is upon us. For those brides getting married in 2018 onwards, through out September and October most wedding venues will hold a wedding fayre to sell their venue, supported by a good collection of local suppliers to help you sort your day.
They can be a mind blowing experience, and there will undoubtedly be an enormous amount of information passed your way, but do not underestimate the amount of leg work these days will save you. For a newly engaged couple these wedding fayres are an essential part of the initial planning stages and you will begin to formulate your ideas about how your day will look and unfold. Talking to suppliers and professionals attending will give you oodles of confidence that you will not be on your own organizing and all any of them want is for you both to have the most amazing day. Most wedding suppliers businesses survive and thrive on word of mouth recommendation so rest assured giving you exceptional service is their best advert!
For a comprehensive list of wedding fayres near you, follow the link below:
So turn up and enjoy......(particularly the chocolate fountain!)
The Bridal Pieces Team x
Well.....what at a day, full of excitement and happy smiles as Bridal Pieces is finally ready and in a decent shape to launch. Orders are arriving in our inbox so we know everything is working as it should... phew!
Please find below links to our favourite suppliers, if you find products in their collections we don't currently list please drop us a line on
firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort the products for you.
Always keep a look out for our promo codes, we've been in the bridal industry for 14 years so we know every penny counts!
Finally, we would like to introduce you to our partner in crime.... Oscar, the Bridal Pieces dog, never far away, particularly if there is a snack going spare.......x