How do I choose the right Wedding Veil?

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Wedding Veil for you

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

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. It’s not as simple as seeing a veil and choosing that one. You’ll want to choose a wedding veil that suits your gown, matches your hairstyle and works with your style.

How To Choose A Wedding Veil

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1. Decide on your wedding hairstyle first

Choosing your wedding hairstyle is really important for determining 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 choose a veil that won’t pull your hairstyle down. You also need 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, choosing a veil that needs to lay flat on top of the head is a perfect option.

- Gathered veils are a good option if you’re unsure of your wedding hairstyle because they’re very flexible.

2. What's your Wedding Dress like?

One of the most important parts of choosing a wedding veil is making sure it works with your dress. Your gown has such a huge 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.​

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3. Any Religious Requirements?

You’ll want to decide whether these factors are important to you when it comes to choosing your wedding veil. If you’re getting married in a religious setting, check whether there are any requirements regarding your 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 is natural to feel overwhelmed. That's why we are here! At Brides & Bustles we know exactly the type of veil that will suit you and we can guide you through the choices and match them perfectly to your dress!

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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. The perfect choice for quirky brides or if you are looking for 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 we have

- 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 drop down veil usually covers the bride’s face. It is 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 it can really add a sense of glamour to your look. But make sure you either have the accessory before or get it at the same time as it may not work (or fit) and you're left with it...

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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 trail. This will make sure you pick the perfect wedding veil for you and that your hair looks amazing!

Want to come and see the beautiful collection of veils we have at Brides & Bustles? We have some stunning wedding veils from the award-winning Richard Designs & lots of delicate hair pieces to match them with! Book yourself an appointment below or ask to see them after you have chosen your dress with us!


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