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…

So how do you decide which bridal veil is right for you? Firstly, we’d recommend that you choose your style of bridal gown before you set your heart on a particular headpiece, as the veil is an accessory that should enhance your gown, rather than detract from it. Of course, if you’ve got an heirloom family veil that you’re planning on wearing then obviously this is going to influence your decision. #SomethingOld

It’s usually when you try your veil on at your wedding dress fitting that your mum, sister or whoever else has accompanied you will start to get 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’re planning on wearing a veil. Take your veil to your hairdresser and try out some different looks with them. Work out how it’s going to fix to your ‘do and ask your chief bridesmaid to come with you so she can see how to take it off for the reception without ruining your style.

The Different Lengths of Wedding Veils

Birdcage veil

If your dress doesn’t suit a traditional veil, you might decide to wear a birdcage design instead. Birdcage veils look particularly good if you’re going for a retro 50s wedding style – 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 that folds over the face when you’re walking down the aisle and is then moved back when you reach the altar.

Elbow-length veil

If you want a little more coverage take a look at an elbow-length veil, which flows gently down your shoulders. It’s a gorgeous length that doesn’t distract from your dress but is still elegant.

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 process up the aisle. This is a dramatic look (these veils are generally 110-120-inches in length) and it usually matches the length of your train of your wedding dress. If you’re having a very formal wedding then this might suit you, but remember the veil is going to obscure the back of your wedding dress to a certain extent.

Top Tips for Choosing your Perfect Wedding Veil

- Your veil should not overpower your dress in any way

- Most girls wear a veil – over 65% of brides in fact

- Cathedral-length veils work well on both tall and short girls

- Fingertip veils look best on tall girls as they make small girls look shorter

- Shoulder length veils work on any height of bride

- If you’re wearing a blush veil keep it further forward so it doesn’t get lipstick on it!

- Think about the decoration of your veil carefully. If you’re wearing a very plain and simple dress, then you could have a more ornate veil decorated with crystals and embroidery.

There you have it! Our top tips on How to Choose the #PerfectWeddingVeil. 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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