5 Things To Think About When Buying A Wedding Veil
Receiving my wedding veil was the most exciting moments on the run up to our wedding day. Stood in my jeans and scruffy t-shirt in front of the mirror, I placed it on my head and I had the sudden realisation - I was a bride.
Your wedding veil is often the finishing touch that completes your bridal look. If you choose to wear veil, there is a lot to consider. Where do you start? What do you need to think about before making this all important purchase? What is the right length? How do you know what colour to buy? So, to help, we've put together 5 Things To Think About When Buying A Wedding Veil.
1 | Length | When buying your veil, it’s important to get the right length that will compliment your dress, silhouette and create the look you want to achieve. You may not want a longer veil if you are having a backless or tea length dress for example. Consider also the style of your dress, is it vintage, boho, contemporary, traditional? Longer veils tend to work well with more traditional style dresses and suit most silhouettes. If you think you would prefer a longer veil consider a ballet, chapel or cathedral style. Shorter veils look great with vintage dresses to create a more retro look or with dresses where there is a feature you’d like to show off. Think about wearing a bandeau, birdcage or blusher to complete your bridal look.
2 | Colour | Most brides choose a veil that compliments their dress and skin tone when it comes to colour, opting for whites or ivories but there is nothing stopping you from having a coloured veil. Blue and blush are two very popular choices right now for veils. Designers like Sash + Veil or Bespoke Vintage Castle are able to design a totally unique veil in the exact colour and style you want.
If ordering online or in store, make sure you get a swatch so you can put it against your dress to make sure you’re happy that they work well together. Images can often be deceiving when it comes to the colour of a veil so seeing a swatch helps to ensure you are getting exactly the right colour.
3 | Detail | There is no hard and fast rules about what detail you should or shouldn’t have on your veil, anything goes. Think of Angelina’s stunning veil that she had designed with images her children had drawn. One thing you should perhaps consider is the level of detail on your dress. If you have chosen a wedding dress that is very clean and simple in its design you can afford to have a lot of detail on your veil, if however your dress has a lot of lace, beading or other detail it may be best to consider a more simple design of veil. Whatever you decide in relation to what and how much detail to have on your veil there are certainly a lot of options. From the shape and texture of your veil to floral embellishments, lace and beading, you can get really creative. Speak to your veil supplier about what you had in mind, most specialists will be able to offer a bespoke way of working to incorporate the detail that you want.
4 | Fabric | Most veils are made from tulle due to its light, airy and romantic qualities but there are other options to consider. Depending on the look, style and era of your dress you may wish to have a silk, satin or lace veil. Whichever material you choose, make sure you get advice from your supplier about how to clean it.
5 | Look | Think about the overall look you want to achieve. How will you be wearing your hair? This may influence the style of veil you have. Halo veils, bridal caps and mantilla veils work best when hair is worn down or in low updos, blushers and birdcages are far more versatile and can be worn with most hairstyles. Think about where you want to wear your veil, do you want it low at the base of your head or on the crown for a more traditional look? Do you want to have any accessories, a tiara, headpiece, hair comb, vine etc? If so, how will your veil work with them? Don't forget to take your veil and any hair accessories with you to you bridal hair trials.
Whatever veil you choose, make sure you speak to the supplier to ensure you get exactly what you want and also make the most of their expertise. They will be able to recommend what look will work best with your dress, how to wear the veil to make the most of it and what accessories could compliment it.
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