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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Veil

A wedding veil is the ultimate bridal accessory, and can really add that perfect finishing touch to your wedding day look, so getting the right one is important! Here’s our handy guide to choosing the right veil for you…

how to choose the right bridal veil

How do you choose which bridal veil is right for you? Firstly, we’d recommend that you select a style of bridal gown before you set your heart on a particular headpiece. The veil is an accessory that should enhance your gown, rather than detract from it. Therefore, its length, style, and design should reflect your gown. Of course, if you’ve got an heirloom veil that you intend to wear, then obviously this is going to influence your decision dress decision.

The moment you pop a veil on, with your wedding dress during your fitting, is typically when brides' and their guests start to get a bit tearful. Because you start to look like a real bride at this point. Don't worry, we always have the tissues ready!

You’ll need to think carefully about your hairstyle if you intend to wear a veil. Take your veil to your hairdresser before the big day, and try out some different looks with them. Work out how it’s going to fix to your hairstyle, and ask someone responsible from your bridal party to come with you. Just so they can see how to take it off for at the reception without ruining your whole ensemble.

The Different Lengths of Wedding Veils

Birdcage veil

If your dress doesn’t suit a traditional veil, you could opt for a birdcage design instead. Birdcage veils look particularly good if you’re going for a 50s style bridal look. And they are so easy to wear, you don’t even need to take it off for the evening event if you don’t want to.

Blush veil

The next length of veil is a ‘blush’ veil, which is a single layer of tulle folded over the face worn as you walk down the aisle, and then moved back as you reach the altar.

Elbow-length veil

If you want a little more coverage, then consider an elbow-length veil. It has a gorgeous length that doesn’t distract from the dress and flows gently down the shoulders.

Fingertip veil

A fingertip veil is a versatile choice for brides-to-be, as it works with most styles of wedding dress, from a simple column gown through to something more ornate.

Chapel length

A chapel length veil flows down the length of your wedding dress, and it’s one to think about if you’re having a more formal wedding in a church.

Cathedral length

On the other hand, you might want to go all out on your wedding day and have a cathedral-length veil trailing behind you as you glide down the aisle. This is a dramatic look (these veils are generally 110-120-inches in length) and it typically matches the length of your bridal train.

If you’re having a very formal wedding, then this wedding veil may suit the occasion, but remember it will obscure the back of your wedding dress to an extent.

bride and father with wedding veil

Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Veil

— Your wedding veil should not overpower your dress in any way.

— Cathedral-length veils work well on both tall and short brides.

— Fingertip veils look best on a tall silhouette, while they make smaller brides look shorter.

— Shoulder length veils work on any height of bride.

— If you’re wearing a blush veil, keep it further forward to avoid getting lipstick on it!

— Think about the decoration of your veil carefully. If you’re wearing a very plain and simple dress, then a more ornate veil would be a nice complement.

There you have it! Our top tips on How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Veil. As we said above, it is important to choose your wedding dress first, so book your appointment at Confetti & Curves using the link below and let us help you find your dream bridal look!


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