Everything You Should Know Before You Choose Your Wedding Veil
After your wedding gown, a veil is one of the most defining aspects of your bridal appearance. Did you know that the wedding veil was worn to protect the bride from evil spirits; but nowadays it is simply considered a beautiful form of adornment? Today’s bride can choose any type of veil she desires and is one part of your overall look. You need to consider how it will work with your dress, face shape, body type, hairstyle and wedding location. Here is a little information on choosing the perfect veil for your wedding.
Consider Your Dress. One of the most important considerations is selecting a veil that complements your dress.
Think of where the key focal points occur on your dress. Do you have an embellished bust panel, or perhaps a back detail you’d like to show off? In this case you need to either select a veil that ends before your point of detail, or choose a longer, sheer style that you can see the detailing through.
Consider the different lengths.
Very short veils such as visor veils do not extend past the chin. Visor veils resemble fascinators worn to horse- racing events. If your bridal gown has a high neck detail, this type of veil can work well. They are a good style to pair with sophisticated or eclectic style wedding gowns.
Shoulder length veils are around 20 inches (50.8 cm) in length. They are perfectly suited to dresses that have bust, waist, or lower back details. However, they are often too informal for classic, formal dresses.
Elbow length veils are approximately 25 inches (63.5 cm) long, this veil falls to around the elbow. They can work well with romantic ball gown style dresses, because they end where the fullness in the skirt begins.
Waist length veils are just slightly longer than an elbow length veil at approximately 30 inches (76.2 cm). They suit most dress styles that do not feature a train.
Fingertip length veils are one of the most popular lengths, when you stretch your arm out it reaches around your fingertips. They are approximately 36 inches (91.4 cm) long and also suit the majority of dress styles.
Knee length veils are approximately 45 inches (114.3 cm) and reach to around your knees. They look good with mid-calf length wedding dresses.
Floor length veils are often referred to as a ballet length veil, they just brush the floor at around 72 inches (182.9 cm). They are well suited to full length gowns that do not have a train.
Chapel length veils are slightly shorter then cathedral length; these veils still drape onto the floor. They are typically around 90 inches (228.6 cm) long. They are best partnered with dresses that feature a train.
Cathedral length veils are the longest and therefore most formal, these veils are usually around 120 inches (304.8 cm) long and some extend up to nine feet along the ground. They work best with full length, classic wedding gowns.
Consider the width. Veils typically come in three different widths that create varying degrees of fullness at the sides and top.
54 inch (137.2 cm) width is the sleekest version, with limited fullness at the top and sides. If you want to show off a dress detail that is covered by your veil, this type is sheer enough to accommodate. This style hangs behind your shoulders, which means it is ideally paired with dresses that feature decorative straps or sleeves.
72 inch (182.9 cm) width is moderate in height and width. It offers some coverage around the arms, so it is a good match for simple shoestring strap dresses. It tends to have a more romantic feel than the 54 inch (137.2 cm).
108 inch (274.3 cm) width is the widest and has the most fullness on top. It comes around to cover the arms. This style is great if you are wearing a strapless dress and would like some coverage around your arms and shoulders. However, it is likely to look too overdone with a sophisticated wedding dress.
Find out your body type. Your veil has the ability to help correct the proportions of your body shape.
If you have a large bust or stomach, you will benefit from wearing a long veil that extends to fingertip length or below. This is because it will help elongate your upper body.
Pear-shaped women tend to look best in veils that end at shoulder, elbow, or waist level. These lengths draw attention to your smaller points, rather than the width of your hips.
Full-figured women should ideally stick to one tier, narrow width veils to avoid adding extra volume to the look of the body. Tall women can typically carry off longer veils, but shorter women tend to suit veils that are waist height or above.
Know what kind of hairstyle you will be wearing. Your choice in hairstyle plays a role in determining what sort of veil and headpiece you can pull off.
A heavy head piece, long veil, or multi-tiered veil all require a supportive up-do hairstyle like a bun.
A half up/half down hairstyle will work with moderate weights and lengths.
If you intend to wear your hair all down, then it is probably best to stick to lightweight or shorter designs.
You also need to consider the placement position on your head. Some hairstyles suit a veil that is attached to the front of your head, but others look good with veil that is attached further towards the back.
If you have short hair you will need to attach the veil towards the front of your head.
However, if you have long hair and want to show off an elaborate up-do, you will need to position the veil further back. Wide veils typically need to be worn towards the front of your head and veils that do not have gathers look better worn towards the back of the head. Your veil can be attached with a comb and pins or combined with a tiara, crown or headband. It is a good idea to buy your veil well in advance of your wedding date, so that you can take it along to your hair trial.
Know the location of your wedding. You also need to give some practical consideration to selecting a veil that is suitable for your wedding location.
A cathedral style veil is the ultimate show stopper if you are having a formal wedding in a large church, with several attendants. However it could be disastrous in another setting.
If you are getting married in a small chapel, then it is best to stick to chapel length or shorter. This is because you won’t have the room to show off a long trailing veil. Cathedral length veils also require frequent assistance from attendants.
If you are getting married in an outdoor ceremony, there are extra considerations to be mindful of. You may have sand, wind or dirt to contend with. If you’d like to keep your veil in pristine condition, it is advisable to choose a knee length veil or shorter. However, many brides are happy to live it up for the day and aren’t worried about trailing their veil behind them in the sand at the beach, or along a dirt path in a garden setting.
Also bear in mind that in windy settings a long veil can be difficult to control. Visor veils can work well in these conditions.
You might also like to consider the climate. For example; in hot, humid weather it is not going to be pleasant to be swathed in full layers that could stick to your skin.
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