Is A Traditional Blusher Veil Right For You?
A traditional veil has two parts. Everyone is familiar with the length of tulle trailing softly behind the bride. A blusher is the short front portion of the veil that covers the bride’s face as she as she walks down the aisle.
As a bridal veil designer, one of the most commonly asked questions that I get is:
“What is a blusher?”
Which is usually followed by:
“Do I have to wear a blusher?” ”Who lifts the blusher?”
“When does the blusher veil get lifted?”
Here are 5 tips on deciding if a traditional blusher veil is right for you.
1. WHAT IS A BRIDAL VEIL BLUSHER?
A blusher is the shorter layer veil traditionally worn over the face as the bride walks down the aisle. The custom began in ancient days and remains in practice today.
Definitely do try on a blusher or two. See how it feels, walk a few steps and envision walking towards your fiancé at the end of the wedding aisle. You don’t have to decide right away.
2. WHAT IS THE CORRECT LENGTH FOR A BRIDAL VEIL BLUSHER?
Bridal veil blushers can be whatever length you choose. Typically, the average length for a blusher is about 28 to 30’imches depending on the height of the bride.
Some blushers even go down to the knees! With a shorter blusher length you have the option of holding your bouquet in front of
you at waist level, or underneath your longer blusher for that dreamy ethereal look.
3. HOW TO WEAR YOUR BLUSHER BRIDAL VEIL?
Placing the veil on your head is a special moment. At Julie Harris Designs we believe the veil creates the magic!
It’s the final step in the getting ready process that brings tears to your mom’s eyes when you really feel yourself to be a bride.
Place the veil at the top of your head about 2 inches back from your hairline. Many brides choose to have their mother, sister or maid of honor place the veil on them. This is a beautiful, emotional moment and a not to be missed photo opportunity.
When you arrive at the venue is when the short blusher portion gets gently pulled forward over your face and now you are ready for your walk down the aisle towards your fiancé with the bridal veil blusher over your face.
4. WHEN DOES THE BRIDAL VEIL BLUSHER GET LIFTED?
Now that you have decided that this look is right for you, when should this shorter bridal veil blusher be lifted?
Traditionally, a bride‘s father lifts the blusher veil at the end of the aisle right before she joins hands with her fiancé and the ceremony begins.
More commonly, the groom will lift the short blusher veil over the bride’s head as soon as she gets down the aisle.
The most traditional way to wear the blusher veil is for the bride to keep it forward over her face throughout the entire ceremony. Her husband then lifts the veil after the vows are exchanged. “You may now kiss the bride,” is the signal to finally lift the blusher and reveal the full loveliness of the bride.
There is no ‘right’ way to do it - the choice is yours.
Pro-tip: Assign your maid of honor the duty of making sure that your blusher lays perfectly smooth and flat behind you after it’s lifted.
You wouldn’t want to have any of your wedding photos showing a crinkly blusher.
5. LIFTING THE BRIDAL VEIL BLUSHER-PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
It may sound funny, but it’s a good idea to practice lifting the blusher veil with your fiancé a few times at home.
To practice lifting the veil, take a large scarf or lightweight fabric and bobby pin it to your hair and let it cover your face . Have your fiancé practice lifting the veil carefully. Remember to use both hands evenly spaced shoulder width apart or wider.
Gently lift the fabric forward and up, high enough to completely clear your head. You wouldn’t want him to accidentally muss your hair, brush against your lipstick or bump your lovely eyelashes and create a smudge or stain.
After lifting it u and over your head he should gently lay it back and down behind you below your shoulders In a single smooth and gentle movement.
Q1: What if I like the look of a blusher when it’s folded back, and I don’t want to wear it over my face. Can I do that?
JHD: Absolutely Yes!
Q2: Does the blusher veil have to have the same embellishment as the rest of my veil?
JHD: No, there are many options.
The blusher can have a plain cut edge so as not to distract from the front detailing of your gown.- It is also possible to make the long portion of the veil detachable with Velcro so you can wear the short portion all through the reception celebration from cocktails to cake cutting.
Your wedding is your once in a lifetime chance to wear a beautiful bridal veil so make it count!
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