Finding the perfect bridal gown is a big achievement for a bride. But rarely does the search stop there. Once you have selected your gown, it is time to consider which accessories will be needed to complete your desired look. At LeannMarieDesign we offer a capsule collection of ready-designed veils, bridal boleros and toppers, all with samples that you can try on and co-ordinate with your dress. We can also produce personal design requests and other accessory items on a more bespoke basis.
The LeannMarieDesign collection includes:
- Bridal veils
- Bridal boleros and toppers
- Mother-of-the-Bride and Bridesmaid boleros in a varied range of colours and shades
Additionally, we can produce:
- Shoulder straps/caps
- Netted and/or hooped petticoats
- Groomsmen cravats and ties
Reasons to choose a LeannMarieDesign accessory:
- Each piece benefits from couture technique and is individually produced from a studio in Sheffield, England. Each piece is individually quality checked at every stage. Fabrics and Laces are sourced from both Britain and Europe.
Broad size range
- The boleros and toppers are sized from a petit high-street size 4 (bridal size 8) through to a high-street 26
(bridal size 30). Sizes can be extended beyond a size 26 (30) if personal measurements can be taken.
Short lead times (4-6 weeks)
- In recognition that not all brides are able to plan months ahead, we do our best to accommodate even short notice requests. Even shorter lead times may be possible at quieter times of the year and in special circumstances.
Wide choice of shades
- Whether ordering a veil, a bolero or a topper, there is a wide range of shades available. For the veils, the options include some slightly unusual offerings such as the sparkle tulle and the polka dot vintage tulle. For the boleros, colour options extend well beyond the typical bridal shades, thus allowing bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride to also order.
- Designs for the veils and some of the boleros and toppers can be reproduced in a brides own fabric. Some wedding dress suppliers will allow the bride to purchase additional fabric. This will allow a LeannMarieDesign accessory to be produced in the exact fabric and colour match to the dress.
- The designs are classic and are created with longevity in mind. The simplicity of the designs will allow them to compliment a whole range of dress options and bridal tastes.
- Shades, fabrics and trims are consistent across both the veils, boleros and toppers. This will allow you to select your own combination of shades and features and provides the opportunity to co-ordinate your bridal accessories.
Did You Know?
There are 7 standard lengths of veil, the most popular of which tend to be waist, waltz and chapel:
Birdcage: Covering the brow and part of the face. This length works well for a vintage look.
Waist: This length works well with most dresses but be careful if you want a heavy edging to your veil as this can cut across detailing on the back of your gown.
Fingertip: A very versatile length which looks particularly good with narrow dresses. However this is not flattering for dresses which flare from the hip.
Waltz: A floor length veil especially suits petite brides who do not want a train.
Ballet: Depending on your height this length should ‘puddle’ slightly on the floor.
Chapel: This length works well with nearly all dresses, and provides a practical length train.
Cathedral: The ultimate statement veil! Only suitable for venues with a long and wide aisle.
Veils can have one, two or three tiers and a veil with more than one tier will have a fairly short top tier called a ‘blusher’. This is the section which would be worn over the face and should come down to your bust level, clear of your bouquet. All veils from LeannMarieDesign are two tiered veils, thus giving the option to wear your veil forward if you so wish.
Two tiered veils have a choice of gathering. A ‘centre gather’ has a central section of the width pulled up onto the comb, leaving length at the sides. All LeannMarieDesign veils are centre gathered unless you request otherwise. And all veils have two choices of comb header: a tulle option and a lace option. The alternative is a ‘full gather’ and this will provide much more volume by reducing the full width of tulle onto the comb header.
Of course there is always the option to have a flat veil without any gathering at all. This would just drape over a brides head and can be attached to a comb, worn under a flower halo or sewn to the rear of a tiara. Single tier veils without any gathering are known as mantillas and usually feature lace edging. They can be very elegant and look particularly great with column style dresses.
A veil should always be selected to compliment your bridal gown. Sometimes a raw cut veil is the best option, simply to prevent a line-edge from cutting across any dress detailing. Raw cut veils are soft and subtle and do not obscure or detract from any dress detailing. If, however, you choose a lace edged veil, choose wisely. Broad edgings can sometimes be too overpowering and are better placed on the train section of a longer veil. Narrow lace trims work better for shorter veils, as with the LeannMarieDesign Wentworth and Chatsworth veils. If you want to add a touch of sparkle to your veil, perhaps consider silver lined beads rather than diamantes, as the settings can snag both your veil and your bridal gown and can do significant damage.
Model wears The Blenheim bolero in pale ivory, short sleeved version.
Model wears the Windsor Veil, chapel length in medium ivory. Paired with the Kensington jacket, ¾ length sleeve version.
Model wears the Wentworth Veil, waist length in medium ivory with the combed lace header. Paired with the Kensington Jacket, ¾ length sleeve version.