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How Do I Choose the Right Wedding Veil?

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Bridal Accessory

Don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing your wedding veil? That's fair enough, it's not an everyday purchase! But that's where we come in. We’re going to take you through the process of how to select the right wedding veil for your big day.

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect wedding veil

How To Choose A Wedding Veil

With countless options available in terms of style and length, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by choice. Luckily for you, we’ve got some great tips to help you decide which is the right wedding veil for you.

The first piece of advice we want to kick off with? Start by prioritising what’s most important to you. There is no 'one size fits all' solution when it comes to bridal accessories. It’s not as simple as seeing a veil, liking it and picking it. You need to choose a wedding veil that suits your gown, matches your hairstyle and works with your own personal style.

1. Decide on your wedding hairstyle first

Deciding on your wedding hairstyle before picking a veil is really essential, as it will determine how your veil is to be secured. Here are some examples:

— If you’re going to have a lot of volume on top, you need to pick a veil that won’t pull your hairstyle down. You also have to be aware of the amount of detail in your veil. Beaded veils, for instance, can be heavy on the hair.

— If you’re wearing a low bun or loose style, selecting a veil that lays flat on top of the head is a perfect option.

— Gathered veils are a great option if you’re unsure of your wedding hairstyle yet, as they’re pretty flexible.

2. What's your Wedding Dress like?

One of the most important factors in choosing a wedding veil is making sure it works with your dress. Your gown will have such a significant impact on your veil of choice, and you need to make sure it complements your dress. Here are some things to think about:

— What type of fabrics will you be wearing? Consider patterns and the colour of your dress.

— What length is your gown? In most cases, the shorter your dress, the shorter your wedding veil. For instance, a dress with a full-length train works really well with a dramatic cathedral length veil.

— What are the focal points of your gown? If you are wearing a dress with detailing on the back, you want to make sure your veil doesn’t hide the details – a sheer choice would work here.​

wedding veil from ivory and co

3. Do You Have Any Religious Requirements?

If you’re getting married within a religious setting, check whether there are any requirements regarding veil length and style. If you don’t need to take these traditions into account, skip this section and move onto the next!

4. Learn the basics of Wedding Veils

Choosing a wedding veil is more than likely a new experience, and so it's natural to feel overwhelmed when looking at all the options. That's why we are here! At Brides & Bustles, we know exactly the type of veil that'll suit you, and we can guide you through the choices and match them perfectly to your dress!

Wedding Veil Choices

The shortest wedding veil is the birdcage, and as the name suggests, it covers the front of the head and eyes with sheer netting, like a birdcage. The perfect choice for quirky brides or if you are looking to add a vintage touch.

Other short to medium length choices include;

— The shoulder-length veil

— The blusher length veil

— The elbow length veil

— The fingertip veil

Medium to long wedding veils include;

— The knee-length veil

— Waltz length

— Chapel length

— Cathedral length

— Floor Length

5. Do you want the veil to cover your face?

A wedding blusher or a dropdown veil usually covers the bride’s face. It's removed either by the person walking her down the aisle, or by her partner. This can be worn as a stand-alone veil or as a shorter, second-tier addition to a long veil.

6. Are you going for any wedding hair accessories?

Some wedding veils look great with an added hair accessory and when done right, can really add a sense of glamour to your look. But make sure you either have the accessory before you get your veil, or get it at the same time, as it may not work (or fit) and then you're left with it…

hair accessories wedding lace wedding veils

7. Get your hair styled with your wedding veil?

A real top tip! If you are getting your hair styled professionally on your wedding day, book an appointment for a trial run on the same day you’re going to look at veils, or make sure you bring it along to the trial. This will make sure you pick the perfect wedding veil for you and that your hair looks wonderful with it!

Want to come and see the beautiful collection of wedding veils we have at Brides & Bustles? We have a stunning collection of bridal accessories from designers such as Ivory & Co, Perfect Bridal Accessories, and Warren York. Plus pieces from Linzi Jay and Richard Designs.

Book yourself an appointment today, or ask to see them after you have chosen your dress with us!


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