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 the ceremony, lifted up and back over headpiece by groom during the 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 the 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 a 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
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
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
Delicate circlet of flowers or pearls worn on top of hair, extending onto the forehead.

Choosing The Right Headpiece

There are many headpiece choices for today’s bride. She can choose from a range of traditional styles based on the type of gown she will wear, the formality of the occasion, and the time of day the wedding will be held. In general, a bride should choose a headpiece that is in proportion to her dress and has similar trimming details. If the dress is short, ivory, and trimmed in pearls, chances are she shouldn’t shop for a long white veil trimmed in lace.

Headpiece Shapes

Headpieces can be found in a variety of shapes.
Tiaras and Crowns: Typically seen at formal weddings, these can be decorated with rhinestones, pearls or jewels. Sizes and styles ranges from tiny pieces designed to encircle a small bun, to large ornate crowns that would make the Queen of England jealous. Be sure to choose a style that is proportional to your gown.
Wreaths and Flower Circles: Perfectly suited for outdoor or casual weddings, wreaths and circlets made from flowers and greenery can be worn with veils or without.
Headbands and V-Front Bands: Headbands are especially suited to brides who wear bangs. Bands can be worn with or without veils, and can be covered in simple fabric matching the wedding gown, or decorated with flowers, lace, pearls or rhinestones.
Skullcaps: Sometimes called Juliet caps, these are usually small frames that fit very close to the head, supporting the veil.
Barrettes and Combs: Modern brides sometimes forego formal headpieces and veils altogether and wear simple combs or barrettes. These can be decorated with flowers, pearls or rhinestones. The emphasis is on the hairstyle rather than the decoration when these are worn.
Hats: From small pillbox shapes to large round picture hats, from sheer lace and tulle to heavy brushed felt, the variety in hats is endless. Worn with veils or without, depending on the style of the hat.

Veil Length

Veil length is usually determined by the formality of the wedding and the style and detailing of the gown. There are five traditional veil lengths:
Shoulder length ends either just below the bottom of the ears, or just below the shoulders. This length is traditionally worn alone at a morning, afternoon, informal or semi-formal wedding. It works well for brides who wish to show intricate beadwork on the back of their gown. When used as a blusher and combined with other lengths, it is appropriate for formal and semi-formal weddings.
Elbow length ends just above or at the bride’s elbow. It is used for gowns with no train or for gowns with detailing at the waist. This length works well with a blusher.
Fingertip length is currently the most popular length for a veil. This length is perfect for semi-formal or formal weddings in the afternoon or evening but can be used for any type of wedding. The veil ends just below the middle knuckle of the middle finger. A fingertip veil is particularly beautiful when combined with an elbow length blusher.
Chapel length falls to the floor, and is appropriate for semi-formal or formal weddings. It is usually combined with other shorter layers, and worn with gowns that have at least a slight train.
Cathedral length flows past the hem of the gown and extends onto the train at least one foot. Cathedral length veils are usually three yards in length and can go to fifteen yards. They are typically used for formal evening weddings, often combined with a fingertip blusher.
One thing to remember is that veil lengths can be customized to the height of the bride. Although a 36-inch fingertip veil may be standard, the length can be adjusted so that it falls correctly to the middle knuckle of the bride’s middle finger.

Wedding Responsibilities of the Best Man

Best Man To Do List

Prior To Wedding

• Host the bachelor party.
• Purchase or pay for rental of own wedding attire.
• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

Day of Ceremony

• Make arrangements to transport the groom to the ceremony and see that he is properly dressed.
• Arrive dressed at ceremony site one hour before the wedding for photographs.
• Supervise the groomsmen and ushers.
• Hold the bride’s ring during the ceremony.
• Sign the wedding certificate as a legal witness.
• Forward any payment to the ceremony officiant, musicians, etc.
• Make transportation arrangements for newlyweds, maid of honor, and himself to the reception.
• Offer the first toast to the bride and groom at the reception.
• Transport the couple to the airport or honeymoon suite.
• Organize the return of all rented formalwear.

Wedding Responsibilities for the Father of the Groom

Father of the Groom’s To Do List

Prior To Wedding

• Help prepare guest list.
• Select wedding attire that matches wedding party.
• Plan rehearsal dinner.
• Give toast at rehearsal dinner.

Day of Ceremony

• Arrive dressed at ceremony site one hour before the wedding for photographs.
• Stand to the left of the groom’s mother in the receiving line.

Wedding Responsibilities for the Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride’s To Do List

Prior To Wedding

• Help prepare guest list.
• Select wedding attire that matches wedding party.

Day of Ceremony

• Arrive dressed at ceremony site one hour before the wedding for photographs.
• Escort bride down the aisle.
• Stand to the left of bride’s mother in the receiving line.
• Act as a host at reception.
• Help mother of the bride gather card box and gifts after reception.

Wedding Responsibilities for the Maid of Honour

Maid of Honour To Do List

Prior To Wedding

• Assist bride in selecting wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.
• Purchase own wedding attire.
• Help bride address invitations.
• Plan and host bridal parties for bride.
• Record wedding gifts received at bridal shower.
• Collect bows and ribbon at shower to design mock bouquets for rehearsal.
• Help bride decorate wedding favors.
• Help bride with reception hall decorating.
• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

Day of Ceremony

• Arrive at dressing site two hours before the ceremony to assist the bride in dressing.
• Help in organizing the bridesmaids and their wedding attire.
• Arrive dressed at ceremony site one hour before the wedding for photographs.
• Arrange the bride’s veil and train throughout the ceremony.
• Hold the groom’s ring and the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony.
• Sign the wedding certificate as a legal witness.
• Stand to the left of the groom in the receiving line.

Wedding Responsibilities for the Groomsmen

Groomsmen To Do List

Prior To Wedding

• Purchase or pay for rental of own wedding attire.
• Help best man with bachelor party.
• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

Day of Ceremony

• Arrive dressed at ceremony site one hour before the wedding for photographs.

Wedding Responsibilities for the Mother of the Groom

Mother of the Groom’s To Do List

Prior To Wedding

• Help prepare guest list.
• Select attire that complements mother of the bride’s
*Plan rehearsal dinner.

Day of Ceremony

• Arrive dressed at ceremony site one hour before the wedding for photographs.
• Stand to the left of the bride’s parents in the receiving line.

Wedding Responsibilities for the Mother of the Bride

Mother of the Bride’s To Do List

Prior To Wedding

• Assist bride in selecting wedding gown and accessories, wedding colors, and attendants attire.
• Help prepare the guest list.
• Help record gifts received by mail.
• Select own attire that complements the color of the wedding.
• Assist in ceremony and reception details.

Day of Ceremony

• Arrive dressed at ceremony site one hour before the wedding for photographs.
• Bring guest book and unity candle to ceremony..
• Stand at head of the receiving line.
• Serve as the official hostess at the wedding and reception.
• Bring guest book, candle, and card box to reception.
• After reception, gather gifts and card box to be later taken to the designated gift opening site.
• Sign the wedding certificate as a legal witness.
• Stand to the left of the groom in the receiving line.

Flower Girl Petal Toss

Flower Girl Petal Toss

Flower girls have been a wedding tradition for hundreds of years, symbolizing the youthful aspect of the circle of life. Here is our take on how to prepare your little angel for her all-important walk preceding you down the aisle.

Fresh or Freeze Dried?

Any of our natural botanicals are appropriate for your flower girl toss but you should compare our petals and botanicals to decide what will work best for you.

Ordering Your Petals

We recommend you order one package of our Fresh or Freeze-Dried Petals to fill one large or two small flower girl baskets.

You may want to consider creating a rose petal walkway before the ceremony. In this way, you will be sure to have a consistent carpet of petals even if the flower girl becomes distracted or throws all of her petals in her first few strides.

Practice, Practice

If your flower girl has a short attention span, you should start prepping her a few weeks before your ceremony. Present it to her as very important to you and a fun job too!

Find an area that is about the same length as your wedding aisle – outdoors if possible – so the birds can be your clean-up. Fill her basket with plain popcorn (no oil or it may stain the basket). Work with your flower girl on the pace of her walk, how many petals to use for each toss and how frequently she should toss them. Emphasize that she’s not a baseball pitcher! She needs to pretend she is a beautiful princess with long, flowing arms and delicate moves. Give her a small, inexpensive basket to take home and ask her to practice with leaves or more popcorn. The day of the rehearsal she should try out her skills again.

Above all, let your flower girl know she’s a vital part of your wedding and that you love her, no matter what happens.

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