Cathedral-length veils make a comeback.
This story first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Columbus Weddings, published December 2018.
For several years, brides have kept their veils simple, opting for blusher or birdcage styles—if they wore one at all. (The no-veil trend had been so popular that we dedicated a whole article to it in our summer/fall 2017 issue, in fact.)
But the winds of trends are constantly shifting, and this choice is no exception. In recent months, brides have been embracing the veil—and then some—as the cathedral-length accessory has made a comeback.
“It’s definitely a trend,” says Maria Vietmeier, store manager at Henri's Bridal. She notes that the recent styles of minimal, simple gowns leave room for a dramatic veil. “A lot of the [gown] manufacturers are actually making veils right now. Morilee, for example, is actually designing veils that match the dresses in both fingertip length and cathedral. Before, she normally just did fingertip length.”
Laura Wingfield, owner of Twirl in Kenton, points to celebrity brides like Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian as drivers of this trend. She urges brides to consider a variety of cathedral lengths, from a shorter version that mimics a sweep train in a gown to an all-out stunner that extends several feet behind the wearer.
If you’re going long for your veil, Vietmeier encourages including a hair accessory, like a headband or comb, to accompany the look. If you do that, your hair will still carry a bridal element even after you ditch the veil for dancing. And on that note, she has another piece of advice.
“I always tell my brides, wear [the long veil] in for the reception, and then take it off when you sit down for dinner … because you will want those pictures of you coming in with your veil,” she says.