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ABC's of Veils & Headpieces

You have a perfect look in mind and try desperately to describe it to your friends, family and the sales clerk.
Do you want a cathedral length veil, chapel length or a mantilla? A wreath or tiara?
If you can precisely name the item you have in mind, it would make shopping for your perfect headgear, a perfect breeze!
Below you'll find the different types of popular headpieces and veils as well as a brief description of each.

Ballet or Waltz Length
Single or multiple layers of veiling just grazing the ankles

Blusher
Single veil worn over face before ceremony, lifted up and back over headpiece by groom during ceremony. Attached to longer veil in back

Cathedral Length
Three and a half yards of veiling, falling from headpiece to the floor.

Chapel Length
Two and a third yards of veiling, flowing from the headpiece to the floor.

Fingertip
One or several layers of veiling in a length just touching the fingertips.

Elbow
Two layers of veiling consisting of one fingertip length and one blusher length.

Flyaway
Multiple layers of veiling that brush shoulders. Worn with an informal, ankle-length dress or a gown that has a decorative back you don't want to cover.

Pouf
Small gathering of veiling attached to the back or side of headpiece.



Headpieces

Chanel Bow
Large, flat satin bow, fashioned to a barrette and worn flat against nape of neck.

Coronet
Any combination of thick materials braided into a flat ring to wear on the head the way a wreath is.

Derby
Small, stiff brimmed hat with domed crown. Usually made of satin and lace and trimmed with crystals or pearls. worn on top of head, straight-on or tilted.

Half-Hat
Small hat covering half of the head. Worn in any position.

Headband Headband
A combination of pearls, silk flowers and ribbons. Worn low on the forehead, positioned on top of head or extending under the back hair.

Juliet Cap
Small cap that hugs the back of the head.

Mantilla
Lace veiling or lace-trimmed veiling secured in elegant Spanish style on crown of head by a comb or cap. Lies flat against hair and cascades down over shoulders.

Picture Hat
Large brimmed hat covered in satin and decorated with satin or ribbon flowers. Some pearls or other beads are added.

Pillbox Hat Pillbox
Brimless, round, structured hat, worn on top of head or tilted to one side.

Profile
Cluster of silk flowers, ribbons, pearls, crystals or sprays attached to a comb and worn on one side of head.

Snood
Small, round, cover of lace and pearls worn over a chignon.

Tiara
Small crown encrusted with gems, crystals or rhinestones worn centered on top of head.

Wreath Head-Piece Wreath
Delicate circlet of flowers or pearls worn on top of hair, extending onto the forehead.

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