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My goodness am I excited to kick off today’s post. ALWAYS a topic hot on the lips of brides-to-be, often the the subject of fierce debate with opinions reaching both ends of the scale, new trends for 2015 are in abundance, so the only question is: to veil, or not to veil?

So, I’m just gonna put this out there, I didn’t and I guess I’ll be forever wondering if I should’ve (nature of the job an’ all that!).

We see a lot of editorials and look books from some of the hottest bohemian bridal brands opting for veil alternatives: flower crowns, feather headdresses, golden hair pieces, or (as is most favoured right now) opting for no hair piece at all and simply focusing on the brides divine locks. That said, still a huge number of real brides opt for a veil, why? ‘Cause there’s a very strong argument that they complete the bridal look and feel, and because hello? There are some to-die-for styles out there that prove simply irresistible!

Whelp! Whatever you decide is right for you, when it comes to 2015 veil styles (of which there are several and, FYI, they’re all GLORIOUS) we’ve got you covered. (Yes, that pun is wholly intended, there’s no point denying it!)

Prepare to be converted to a pro-veil bride!

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The Barely There Veil

So this trend is huge for 2015 brides, and in its various forms, it’s perfect for the gal looking for something subtle in her veil. As opposed to a full on, statement piece, these fabrics are so sheer and so lightweight that they’re really more of a suggestion of a veil, catching the sunlight at your neck.

Any heavier detailing is placed close to the head, appearing more prominently as a hair adornment, whether that be a bohemian band or an adorned cap style, while the veil itself remains ultra subtle, just a whisper of the traditional bridal statement.

BT3BT4BT15BT5The amazing Bo and Luca have got this subtle style totally nailed. Their Lola veil (above) is formed from a super fine, soft tulle, attached to a woven headpiece of hand cut silk petals and small stones. It’s a beautiful hybrid of the hairpiece and veil and the veil’s positioning, primarily at back of the head, makes it all the more subtle. We LOVE.

This bohemian headpiece-veil hybrid is also seen in Bo and Luca’s West Azur collection (If you haven’t already, go check out their lookbooks, insanely gorgeous and super inspiring!). These styles almost make you double take: is it a headpiece? Or is she wearing a veil? Truly the best of both worlds, they’re that perfectly understated nod to the veil tradition.

BT8BT9BT10And lastly, the barely there category sees the ‘double veil’ trend that’s hit the catwalks for 2015. Again, employing an ultra fine tulle, the veil is a attached with two combs, behind either ear, allowing it to swag, in Grecian-like elegance, down the back.

It’s a beautiful statement style. Again, off the head, focusing on the appearance from behind, from a face-on view the double veil remains barely there; how we like our veils best for this year.

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Aren’t they just incredible? Their super sheer nature makes them almost spiritual, it gives them a life of their own as they move fluidly at your back.

So, SO gorgeous. We’re swooning all over the shop here!

Next up…

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The Ethereal Drop Veil

This style is here to stay! Getting even more magical, the mystery of the drop veil has gained more intrigue and interest for the 2015.

The ultimate portrait shot accessory, these coverings of fine silk tulle add the perfect dose of allure to your bridal ensemble.

Brides are often intimidated by this traditional style of veil covering the face, but there are SO many pros to wearing this style. First up, these bridal portraits are just to die for, no?

ED5ED6…Dreamy, hazy and simply sublime. Drop veils create a real sense of magic, moving away from the chaste imagery they originally carried, they now symbolise a certain sultriness that we. just. adore.

Secondly? Choosing to adorn yourself with a drop veil means you get that oh-gosh-beautiful moment of being ‘unveiled’ to your groom and guests… Like, really, there’s no bigger wow moment!

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ED9ED2ED12ED3For real. They’re just so beautiful. We can’t deal!

We love the woodland, almost nymph-like feel of wearing a leaf crown atop the drop veil, but for the ultimate ethereal goddess look, the drop veil is best left to its own devices; simply placed over the head, allowing the veil to become a part of your movement and being.

Beautiful, celestial and simply exquisite.

ED4ED10ED11ED14Seriously though, beach brides need to jump on this trend and ensure their photographer takes their portrait at sunset… This shot is just EVERYTHING.

On to our next, slightly more controversial (of course!) styles…

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The Anti-Veil Veil

Is it even a veil?!

No, that’s a bandana.

It’s made of feathers isn’t it?

But, it isn’t white!

…Basically, designers have totally thrown the rule book outta the window, and my gosh, do we LOVE them for it.

From employing blue tulle, and rebelliously forming it into a cross-forehead bandeau style…

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…To this almost masquerade-like piece; perfectly sexy and mysterious…

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…To these alternative styles: veils knotted at the side of the head, formed of feathers (SWOON) or Minna’s Ruth or Suki veil, which totally remind us of macrame (which can only EVER be a good thing!)

‘Cause who said a veil had to be sheer?

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RuthSukiGorgeous, right? Like, beyond gorgeous!

And, of course, you can always count on Grace Loves Lace to completely obliterate the rule book (which we just ADORE about them) as they push boundaries with this veil-as-a-turban beach style…

AV12AV13So original. This style takes guts, but we know you guys will totally ace it!

Finally in this category we’re challenging the western white/cream veil ideal and simultaneously getting our wanderlust on. From heavily embellished bronze pieces, to a sheer tie-dye…

No one said the veil had to be white.

AV10AV1-15AV14AV16Does it get any more sultry? Love love LOVE the addition of a forehead embellishment also, it’s the perfect accompaniment.

Absolute boho goddess.

And, finally…

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The Edge Orientated Veil

Yes. We thought we’d end on this here-to-stay style. A heavily embellished edge remains one of the top contenders for the 2015 bride and this year, really, the heavier the better (think a tasseled fringe… Oh yes!)

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Worn slightly lower over the forehead, that tassel edge is insanely good, no? It adds a supremely bohemian spin on this style.

Or, of course, you could add a central feather to the front of your scallop-edge veil for an sultan-style queen vibe (you know the kind, right?!)

AE1AE7Just incredible.

Whether y’all had your minds set to veil or not at the start of this post, I hope you find yourselves enamoured by these beautifully boho styles. Here at Festival Brides we’re totally besotted with the 2015 trends, we really think the veil is having its day in the bohemian bridal world.

Buck the trend: wear a veil and play with this tradition!

Remember, there really are no rules!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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