Meet Our Milliner!

Loving fiance: check. Wedding gown: check. Fabulous wedding shoes: check. Just two more necessities to complete your wedding day look:a gorgeous headpiece and veil! From floral to jeweled, to lace and tulle, let our in house milliner, Debra Shirley create a custom look for you!

Debra has been with us for 20 years and her designs just keep getting more gorgeous! We met with her to get some input and advice on how to make your bridal look unique, take a look at what she said!

“After greeting a bride, I first notice the shape of the wedding gown itself. Then I pay close attention to the particular details of the dress.  My first goal is to compliment the overall look of the bride while wearing her dress. I consider specific design lines and details especially on the back of the gown when determining which veil length will be most flattering. 

In many cases, the best option is a sheer, understated floor length veil that will give a continuous flow to the ensemble.  This way, there is no cut off point, nothing to pull the eye away from the features of the dress or from the brides figure.  Beyond the length and shape of the veil, the possibility of adding custom details such as matching lace or beading is discussed. I am quite fond of a hint of matching detail to truly gel a bridal look together. If not on the veil, then in a decorative hairpiece that remains on after the veil has been removed for the reception. I believe that wearing a headpiece that compliments the wedding gown is the perfect way for the bride to feel polished and put together throughout the evening.”

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If you are one of the lucky brides to get your dress at Ultimate Bride, Debra can make your headpiece and veil dreams come true!


To see more of Debra’s beautiful creations, check out her website!

To Veil or Not to Veil?

The good news is that this question has not one right answer! To each their own! Depending on your wedding style and your personal style, you can choose if you will wear a veil and if you do, what kind! The options are endless so let us guide you to make the right choice!


Length: To your elbow, your fingers or your toes, the detail on your gown should dictate what length you choose so that the end of the veil does not interfere with any beautiful detail! A cathedral length veil is always a classic choice and makes for a breath taking entrance into your ceremony!

Edging: To accessorize a classic gown or emphasize one specific design element, pairing a veil with a lace, crystal or embroidered border can really bring your look to the next level!

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Bird Cage: An incredibly timeless style that has made its way back to modern bridal! Personalize it by adding a crystal headpiece or a fabric flower!

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And if you chose not to do a veil, have no fear, your options are also endless! Tune in next week to our exclusive interview with our in house milliner, Debra Shirley, who can custom create any bridal head piece of your dreams!