Picking the Perfect Bridal Veil
There are quite a few elements that come into play when you are picking your right bridal gown veil. Let’s go over what to expect and how to make the right decision for that special day.
First figure out your wedding hairstyle.This will help you find the right style and length for the veil. For example, halo veils, bridal caps and mantilla veils work best when hair is worn down or in low up-dos, while blushers and birdcages are much more versatile and can be worn with most hairstyles. Your hairstyle might also affect where you place the veil and how you secure it. If you're wearing your hair up, you can wear the veil above or below a bun or chignon. Pinning it above gives it more volume and achieves a more classic look, while placing it below feels more modern and keeps the focus on your stylish up-do. Once you've purchased your veil, don't forget to take it (along with any other hair accessories you plan to wear) to your trial appointments, so you and your stylist can find the perfect 'do (and there won't be any last-minute surprises!). It's not just your hairstyle that can affect the type of veil you choose but hair accessories too. A voluminous fountain veil, for example, isn't going to pair well with an equally dramatic tiara. Instead, classic styles, like elbow, cathedral, chapel or fingertip length, look best with a royal topper or a beaded or crystal headband. Mantillas are traditionally worn with an ornate comb; halo veils need a wreath, headband or cap to hold them in place; and blushers and birdcage styles go great with unique accents, like a feather clip or a floral barrette. You can use your accessories to hold your veil in place or keep the two separate and attach the veil to your hairstyle with a clear comb, which won't be visible.
The next important decision for deciding a veil is getting the right length. It would be wise to test out a variety of length options when you have your dress with you for a fitting. Try to find a style that works best with your dress. One that compliments it and creates a flow with your silhouette. Sometimes the designer that you purchase your dress from will have veils that compliment each particular dress. Shorter veils, like bandeau's, birdcages and blushers, tend to lend a bit more sass or edgy appeal as well as an informal or retro edge to your look, while longer veils (ballet, chapel and cathedral styles) lean more in the way of tradition and formality (but are also the most universally flattering).
Choosing the color and style for your veil should be an easy 3rd step. Try finding a veil that matches the same color as your dress. If you end up borrowing a veil that you like. Let’s say your mom has a veil that she wants to pass down to you. You can up cycle it and make it new by adding lace and embellishments. You can also shorten it or dye it. I love the idea of adding more to the veil or making it vintage inspired. If you have an embellished dress you will need a simpler veil and vise versa. If you wear a simple gown then a more embellished dress is good idea. Try to match the style of your veil to your dress style. For instance, a retro veil will look terrible with a medieval styled gown or a vintage veil with a glamorous current gown. The fabric of the veil also plays into how well it goes with your whole ensemble. Tulle is the main fabric for most veils. However there are other options as well for a veil such as lace, silk and satin. Tulle is the most popular budget-friendly option, and it offers a few benefits over pricier fabrics—synthetic materials like tulle tend to keep their shape better and have a lighter, airier look than silk and satin, which are more likely to appear heavy and hang straight.
Getting the veil attached and being camera ready is the last step. Consider how your veil will be attached to your head. Will you have it attached to your barrette or tiara or will it can easily be taken off. If you want to take it off easier have it attached to just your hair comb which can be removed. If you have a longer cathedral veil then you will need to secure it with more so it will not fall off during the ceremony. If you choose a cathedral, chapel or ballet veil and would like to keep it on post ceremony, try a multi layered version with a fingertip-length top layer. That way, you can detach the floor-length layers and keep that classic bridal look—but you'll be able to move and dance around with ease. Always remember to have fun wherever you are and enjoy being creative. Best wishes for on your bridal veil search!