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Choosing a wedding veil is one of the most important decisions of your life as it will have an impact on your dress, how you feel on the day and how you look in the video and photos afterwards.  That magic moment when you add the veil to the dress is what turns the girl into a bride.  From working with designers such as John Rocca and Vera Wang, Philomena knows that the veil frames the whole dress.  Over 65% of brides choose to wear a veil and with the huge success of the Downton Abbey film in cinemas this Autumn, veils are back with a bang.



Designer Wedding veils from Fitzpatricks veils of Ireland - Downton Abbey wedding dresses


Which type of veil to choose


Firstly the veil should not over power the dress but simply add a frame, like adding a beautiful picture frame to an exquisite painting.  Every bride has different requirements and when we design a wedding veil one of the things we take into account is the girls height.  Fingertip veils are one of the most popular veils.  The most flattering and universal length is the fingertip length veil because it flows into the skirt, or ends at a natural curve point on the body.  It’s very versatile for brides-to-be as the style will work well with most types of dresses.   

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If you are having a chapel wedding, the chapel length veil works really well and creates some drama as it flows down the length of your dress.  This veil leads to a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as the bride-to-be walks down the chapel isle.


If you love drama a cathedral length veil is the one for you.  These veils are usually between 110 and 120 inches in length.  The veil trails behind you as you walk up the chapel aisle.  As a general guide it normally matches the train length of your wedding dress.  This is a stunning veil style but it does obscure the back of your wedding dress. Some of the most famous dresses in history had this style of veil i.e. when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and was again repeated when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry.  Lady Diana’s wedding dress had a 25 foot wedding train and the veil was made from 153 yards of tulle. 

Cathedral wedding veil worn by Lady Diana Spencer Fitzpatricks veils of Ireland 

Catherine Middleton  wore an elbow length veil when she married Prince William and became The Duchess of Cambridge.  This veil is great if you want a little more coverage, it’s very elegant and doesn’t detract from your dress in any way.

 Chapel length veil Fitzpatricks Veils of Ireland Catherine Middleton

A blush veil is a single layer of tulle that folds over the face when you’re walking down the aisle.  It’s moved back as you reach the altar.   


Finally if you are wearing a more unusual dress  or a shorter dress which doesn’t suit a long veil, you should consider a birdcage veil.   These work really well for retro style wedding dresses.    


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