For 2016 brides, the experts at Alisa Brides - the couture online bridal accessory boutique – are noticing a love of intricate lace and streamlined silhouettes.
For wedding veils, there are several dominating styles. They are flat mantillas reminiscent of old Spain, drop veils which provide a blusher for traditional ceremonies, and Juliet cap veils which nod to the Golden Era.
Trend 1 – Flat Mantillas
Mantilla veils offer the best visibility of intricate lace, beautifully framing the bride’s face. There is no height or volume as the veil gracefully floats along with the bride.
Photo: Fingertip Length French Vintage Beaded Lace Mantilla – custom design/sold out
Trend 2 – Drop Veils
Drop veils, sometimes called drop mantillas, also lay flat, allowing the front to fold into a blusher. Lifting of the veil can be an important Jewish wedding tradition, and some Rabbis require the top tier of a wedding veil. Another advantage of the drop veil is that the lace folds below your waist, leaving your face and top of the dress unobstructed. This is ideal if you are wearing an elaborate headpiece, statement jewelry, or detailed sleeves. The drop veil has been the veil of choice for centuries of European royalty.
With mantillas and drop mantillas, glamour is achieved not with pouf as in recent decades, but with beautiful lace detailing. The detailing can be narrow and refined or can feature larger applique work (usually at the hem), creating a memorable ceremony entrance.
Trend 3 – Juliet Cap Veils
Juliet Cap Veils can be made with one tier or two, and are held in your hair at the sides. These can feature lace at the cap or edges, and also look great with a cut edge and details at the combs.
Trend 4 – Crystal Accessories
With clean and elegant dresses and veils, brides are choosing shine in other areas. Rhinestone halos and headbands are all the rage for brides and flower girls, and fun garter sets combining crystals and lace are very popular for gifts!
Photo: Kids Rhinestone Headband
A special thanks to Alisa Brides for sharing the top 4 trends in wedding veils and bridal accessories.