Something that brides often forget is to carefully dispute the style and type of veil that will best compliment their dress and make that breath-taking entrance down the aisle even more memorable. So, here is the 411 on veil selection…
Consider your dress
Your veil should be a creation that complements your gown and not take anything away from it. If you have a simple and elegant dress, then something with a bit more detail around the edges will elongate the stylish feel of your gown. Asses where the focal points of your wedding gown is; does it have a beautiful detailed back that you want to show off or a side sweep roaching on the hip with some crystal beading? Select a veil type that will best support your overall look, to ensure that your most special gown is presented in the best possible way.
Decide on the width and length
Wedding veils can differ from blushers, to elbow length, to fingertips to over the top cathedral trains. Be sure not to choose a specific length of veil before you have had your final dress fitting. The reason for this is that you have to consider the detailing and fit of your gown. You do not want to have a veil that does not flatter your unique body shape.
Another point of interest when selecting your veil is the width of the veil. Veils typically come in three different widths that create varying degrees of fullness at the sides and the top. With limited fullness at the top and sides, the 54 inch is the sleekest version; sheer enough to accommodate dress detail. It usually hangs behind your shoulders, which means it is ideally paired with dresses that feature decorative straps or sleeves. The 72 inch veil tends to have a more romantic feel and is lovely paired with simple shoestring strap dresses. Where the 108 inch has the most fullness and comes around to cover your arms. This style is great when wearing a strapless gown; however, make sure that it does not over power your dress.
Envision your choice of hairstyle
The choice of hairstyle for your most special day will affect the selection and placement of your veil. Should you want to go for a half-up/half-down hairstyle a moderate weight and veil length will do just fine. If you have short hair you will need to place the veil towards the front of your head for better support. Longer hair always looks classic and elegant in a bun or an elaborate up-do and you will need to position the veil further back. A great tip is to take your veil with you to the hair trial so you can see how it will work with the specific style that you have in mind.
Work with the shape of your face
The veil is an automatic frame to your face therefore; the shape of your face is an important denominator in choosing a veil. If you have a round or square shaped face, then it would be best to avoid short and puffy veils, as they would add to the width of your face, rather than make it look slimmer and elongated. The opposite is true for oval or rectangle shaped faces. They both need the width, but be careful not to add extreme height as the two would clash completely and make your face look disproportioned.
Know your venue
This is the more practical aspect of selecting a veil. You have to be aware of the environment and setting in which your gorgeous gown and veil will act as the centre piece on display. If you are getting married on a beach, then a cathedral length veil would definitely not work as the wind and sandy beach won’t be ideal. However, for a more formal wedding in a church or large chapel, with many attendants it can be beautifully dramatic.
By: Salomé Maritz
(References sourced from various websites)