Aside from choosing the right wedding dress for your day, choosing the right veil is also something most brides are concerned about. A veil is one of the most defining aspects of your bridal appearance and should be selected carefully.
It is important to understand that a veil is an accessory, and as such only one part of your overall look. You need to consider how it will work with your dress, face shape, body shape, hairstyle, and wedding location. Below are some factors to consider when choosing your wedding veil:
How to choose the right veil
The Type of Wedding Dress
There are so many different types of wedding dresses and as they differ, so is the veil. If your dress is laced all over, you might want to pick a fairly simple veil. There should be a nice balance between the veil and the dress to keep the ‘busyness’ levels under control. If you are going to add a lace veil to a lace dress, try to get as close as possible to the lace on your gown.
Furthermore, if the dress lace has sparkly beading on it, make sure the veil’s lace is sparkly too otherwise it can look a bit odd to have one matte and one shiny. It makes sense if your dress is sparkly to have a few beads on your veil too.
However, if you have chosen a lustrous satin or silk dress, or matte chiffon or crepe one, or if your dress is just simple, you really do have the whole range of veils available to you. A ballgown dress will definitely be suitable for a waist-length veil. A fishtail, mermaid, or fit and flare dress will likely go with a fingertip veil since your dress already has a spot, usually where the train starts to kick out.
Width Of the Veil
The width of the veil has a lot to do with the degree of fullness at the sides and top. If you want to show off a dress detail, then a 54 inch (137.2 cm) width is the version enough to accommodate your dress. Ensure that your veil is not too wide or too full that it hides the beautiful features of your wedding dress.
Your veil needs to be a suitable color match to your wedding gown. There are several white and ivory shades, pinks, beiges, and golds. You can also choose between a regular and a shimmer finish. Shimmer veiling offers a distinct shine, which is especially evident under lighting. In contrast, regular veiling is matte in appearance. If you want to ensure an exact match, make sure you can order veil swatches to match your dress.
You can choose between a one, two, and three-tier veil depending on the style of your dress. A one-tier veil is suited to a sophisticated look, but a romantic dress often benefits from a two or three-tier veil. Classic dresses also tend to require at least two tiers.
Consider the shape of your face when choosing a veil. When choosing a veil look for a style that will help make your face look longer and slimmer if you have a round face. Foe square-faced ladies, look for a style that will soften your face and add length. It is preferable for your veil to reach at least shoulder length and for it to have some volume on the top of the head. If you have an oval face, any veil can look good on you provided you maintain proportions while a rectangle face will be most suited for a veil that has width around the face, but no height at the top of the head.
Your choice of hairstyle should be considered when choosing a veil. Some hairstyles suit a veil that is attached to the front of your head, but others look good with a veil that is attached further towards the back. Wide veils typically need to be worn towards the front of your head and veils that do not have gathers look better worn towards the back of the head. Your veil can be attached with a comb and pins or combined with a tiara, crown, or headband.
Location of Wedding
I’m sure you wouldn’t want to be overdressed or underdressed for your own wedding so it’s important you consider your location and the type of ceremony before choosing your wedding dress and veil. A veil suitable for a particular location may be disastrous in another. For instance; A cathedral-style veil is an ultimate show-stopper for a formal wedding in a large church, with several attendants but a disaster in an outdoor and windy setting as the veil will be difficult to control.