It seems funny to me that there was a time when veils were worn on a regular basis, because nowadays nothing says “bride” like a veil! Choosing a veil to suit your wedding dress, or indeed choosing one at all instead of the myriad of other bridal head adornments, can be a difficult decision. In fact, I’m still on the fence myself about whether I’ll wear one at my own wedding. I’ve been keeping an eye out for ones I like though and have been starting to consider how exactly to go about making the decision. Here are some options and a few tips on making the choice.

Choosing a Veil to suit your DressTaylor Clarke Bridals via Once Wed

✈ Veil vs Headpiece

Choosing the crown to your look is really about personal preference. If you’re having a hard time selecting “the one”, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First, think about your hairstyle and dress length. If you envision wearing your hair down, aim for a veil that sits toward the back of your head, or a headpiece that will keep your hair on full display. If you’ve chosen a tea-length dress be sure the veil is not longer than your dress hem, otherwise the balance of your look will be thrown off.  We think Johanna Johnson is queen of headpieces, love Twigs and Honey veils, and BHLDN have some great options for both. One idea I like is wearing a veil for the ceremony and taking it off for the reception to mix up your look a little. If you go with this option, be sure that one of your bridesmaids has been versed in how to take the veil out without wrecking your hairstyle!

Choosing a VeilPortobello Jewelry | BHLDN

✈ Choosing a Veil Length

First, decide if you’d prefer a shorter or longer style. A birdcage veil is the shortest, covering just the eyes or stretching down a little to chin level. These have really had a comeback recently and go so well with a vintage style dress. A “blusher” veil is one that covers the face like the example below- usually a little longer than a birdcage. At the other end of the scale then are the cathedral veils which are the long, trailing ones often worn at more formal celebrations.

Choosing a VeilChoosing a VeilStyle Unveiled | BHLDN | Once Wed

If you prefer an in-between length, there are elbow and finger-tip veils too. It’s important to keep in mind your height: be sure the length of the veil doesn’t overwhelm your frame if you happen to be petite. The second thing to consider is the style of your gown. Keep in mind that a more embellished dress warrants a plainer veil. If your gown has pretty back detail, you probably want to show this off- so don’t cover it up with an elbow-length or cathedral veil. Another fact I was interested to learn is that the shape of the veil, if long, should mirror the train for a balanced look.

Choosing a VeilFly Away Bride

✈ Choosing a Veil Colour

Apparently the rule of thumb when it comes to choosing veil colour is to select a veil that is one shade lighter than your gown. This creates a lovely distinction between the dress and the headpiece, and heightens the “halo effect”. Alternatively, you could go with a different colour altogether like the peach example below, which we also think gives a beautiful glowing effect.

Choosing a VeilPreston and Olivia | SIBDO Designs

✈ Embellished vs. Plain

It’s best to choose a simple veil if your gown is a show-stopper so both don’t end up competing for attention. A plain veil also allows you the freedom to add a comb, clip, or halo. If your gown is simple, this gives you the option of going for a veil with lace, crystal, or floral detail (handy to keep the guests’ interest during the ceremony, too, as your back will be to them). We love swiss dots on veils like the one below, there is something so delicately pretty about them.

Choosing a VeilBHLDNStyle Unveiled

What do you think, will you wear a veil at your wedding?

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