So you’ve found the perfect wedding dress, and it’s just divine. Whether you bought it off-the-rack or decided to have it made-to-measure, you now need to decide on which veil to wear with your dress. There are so many different types of veils to choose from, so how do you know which one will look perfect with your wedding dress? There are several factors that will influence your choice of veil, so let’s look at some.
Wedding dress silhouette
The style or silhouette of your wedding dress is the first thing to consider. As a general rule, the slimmer the gown, the longer the veil. For example, a slinky figure-hugging wedding dress with a short train looks fabulous with a long, chapel length veil. The veil should be longer than the train of the dress, to avoid the appearance that you ran out of fabric! Some brides say that although they love the look of the chapel length veil, the thought of carrying it around on their arm all day is burdensome. The solution is simple: look for a veil which has detachable layers, that is, the long layer can be removed leaving the shorter layer in the hair for the reception.
For an A-line silhouette wedding dress, again you could choose a chapel length veil if you want a floaty, dreamy look. The veil of choice though for an A-line gown is fingertip or three-quarter length, as it suits the proportions of the gown very well.
For a full, puffy skirt style with fitted bodice, the best look is a shorter veil, around waist length. Because the skirt is so full in this style, you need to complete the look with a similar full, puffy veil. The exception to this is a chapel length veil with a full, puffy top layer. Remember Princess Diana’s wedding dress? The train on Princess Diana’s wedding dress was around 7 meters long! Her veil was quite long as well (although not quite 7 meters!) and her gown was extremely puffy and floaty. Her wedding gown and veil surely set the trend in the 1980’s as countless brides imitated the Princess Di look.
The way you plan to wear your hair on your wedding day will also affect the style of veil you choose. Generally speaking, your hairstyle should suit your gown anyway. Some veils are designed to be worn high on the head, thus your hairstyle needs to accommodate this.
For example, if you prefer to leave your hair down, you can place the veil high on your head. You really need to do this, otherwise the veil has insufficient hair to anchor onto and can slip out of your hair.
Alternatively, if you prefer an up-do, then you could place the veil lower, towards the back of your head. In this case, a fingertip or three-quarter veil works well.
You also need to consider your wedding gown fabrics, as this mainly affects your choice of trim or edging for the veil. For example, if your wedding dress is made in satin, then satin binding or satin ribbon edging on the veil looks lovely. A softer flowy fabric such as chiffon looks better with fine edging, such as satin cord trim or a pencil edge. Also, if your wedding dress has crystal beading, consider having some crystals scattered all over your veil. If your gown features pearl beading, then scattered pearls or pearl edging looks great on a veil. It’s all about co-ordinaton.
Another option is to have an elaborate veil with a simple uncluttered wedding gown. For example, Princess Mary of Denmark’s wedding dress was made in beautiful duchess silk, and had no beading or embellishment. She wore a mantilla veil, which was chapel length and featured lace trim, which created a very stylish, fabulous look, fit for a Princess!
Finally, your choice of veil will complete your overall look as a bride. Think about how you want to look on your wedding day and choose wisely. After all, your veil will be featured in all your wedding photos!
By Pat Giuliano