(Veils above by The Wedding Veil Shop)
Choosing the perfect wedding veil veil can be a complicated task for many brides. One-tier or two-tier? White or ivory? Tulle or lace? This bridal task becomes one you'll relish with these goof-proof tips.
- Choose your bridal gown BEFORE you decide on a veil (unless of course you're wearing a family heirloom)
- Expect your mom, sister or friend to cry when they first see you in a wedding veil
- Think carefully about your hairstyle if you're wearing a veil
- Take the veil to the hairdresser to experiment
- Practice taking it off for the reception with your chief bridesmaid
- Wear a birdcage veil if your dress is short or retro. You can keep it on for the reception too
- A blush veil is one which folds over the face when you're walking down the aisle, then lifted when you reach the altar
- For a bit more coverage, choose an elbow-length veil. Particularly if your dress has an ornate bodice you want to show off
- Fingertip veils are good for full-length gowns, particularly if the bride is tall. But it won't look good if your wedding dress has a train
- A cathedral veil is floor length and dramatic. It looks wonderful with a formal gown (think of Kate Middleton on her wedding day) and falls six inches past the train
- A white veil suits a classic white wedding dress. Or choose 'antique white' if you're wearing an off-white dress. If your dress is ivory, choose a champagne colored veil
- Try on several different veils when you're choosing your wedding dress and listen to what the salesperson suggests. Although you may have always had your heart set on a particular type of veil, you could surprise yourself
Finally, if you want your wedding photographs to remain classic, then try not to choose a wedding veil that's too on-trend as it will look seriously dated in a short while.