What’s In A Veil – Mantilla Veils

by | Accessories, Bride

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Photo from Olive Farm Designs Handmade Bridal Accessories Mantilla veil by Olive Farm Handmade Bridal Accessories

When dreaming over a recent photograph of a beautiful veil, it did occur to me that I haven’t been writing much in my “What’s In a Veil?” series I started some time ago (Check out the previous posts What’s In A Veil – Birdcage Veils, What’s In A Veil – Juliet Cap Veil and What’s In A Veil – Drop Veils) and well, I want to change that! So today, let’s dive deep and explore the beauty of the mantilla veil!

The mantilla veil hails from 17th century Spain, where it was often worn upon the introduction of beautiful Spanish laces in the 16th century, in black, with a traditional crown like, semi-circular comb (called a Peineta often made out of tortoiseshell) . They’re also said to have originated from Muslim women who immigrated to Spain who needed to cover their face when attending church services – the heat made them switch from heavier fabrics to more breathable laces. By the nineteenth century, Queen Isabel II loved the mantilla veil, encouraging the people of Spain to wear it regularly before her death  when it became more of a special occasion item reserved for wearing to church during religious holidays.

The mantilla veil is defined by its wide lace edging and circular or triangle shape that almost hugs the body. Modern day, the veil is worn attached by a discreet comb or pins and in some ways is similar to a Drop Veil in that it looks like it is simply dropped onto the head. No shorter than fingertip length, the veil almost cascades down the bride’s body like a wrap (though can be tied in a loose knot at the back for a different take). Lovers of the mantilla have also interpreted it in their own way – placing it at the crown or lower back of the head for a different look.

Mantilla veils command lower hairstyles – a high ponytail or slicked back bun won’t work for this veil – instead think softer lower styles. Wearing your hair completely down, or in a style at the base of your head allows the veil to drape and fall as intended.

For me, the mantilla veil is the epitome of mysterious, demure romance. The lace itself is such a beautiful statement and the way it curves itself to its wearer’s features is truly beautiful.

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1. Photo by Aljosa Videtic via Intimate Weddings 2. Esma Spotted Mantilla Wedding Veil by Percy Handmade 3. Photo by Beata English Photography  from Gemma and Scott’s Canberra Garden Wedding 4. Photo by Michelle Boyd via Magnolia Rouge 5. Photo by Valentina Glidden Photography via Ruffled 6. Photo by Erich McVey via Style Me Pretty 7. Photo by Ryan Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty 8. Photo by Karen Gilvear Photography from Alexandra and Tom’s Romantic Palm Beach Wedding 9. Photo by Ellie Asher Photography via Bridal Musings 10. Photo by Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty


  • HayleyLane says:
    January 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Can’t get enough of mantillas. They are the most soft, beautiful and graceful accessories you can add to your bridal look



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