For the month of February, we will be talking about all things veils, so be sure to check back over the following weeks for alternative veil styles + more!
So you've found the perfect dress, now it's time to choose the right veil. Choosing the right veil for your dress is like the brilliant balance of icing on cake. Eating cake all by itself is still delicious, but it leaves you wanting more. And a cake with too much icing is good for a few bites but ultimately too rich; a wedding dress and veil have a similar effect. It is essential to strike the right balance between the two so your veil doesn't overpower your gorgeous dress.
When it comes to choosing a wedding veil, there are a wide variety of colors, lengths, fabrics and embellishments to pick from. It may feel overwhelming deciding which of these styles is right for your dress, so we put together a questionnaire to help you make a decision. It is important to note that selecting a veil is nearly impossible without purchasing your dress first, so buy your dress first (we've heard of this lovely bridal boutique Brilliant Bridal *wink wink*)!
What is the color of your dress?
The color of your veil should match your dress exactly. Unless you're thinking of wearing an antique veil, then the aesthetic of wearing an heirloom outweighs the need for the dress and veil to match perfectly. Just make sure that the colors pair well together.
What is the focal point of your dress?
Whatever made you fall in love with the dress in the first place is probably the focal point, and you want to make sure that the veil complements that feature. For example, if your dress has an intricate, back, try pairing it with a sheer veil with only one layer, that lets that beautiful detail show through. Or if your gown is completely decorated in crystal beading opt for a simple veil that will really let your dress shine.
What type of embellishments are on your dress?
You will want to match the embellishment of your dress to the embellishment on your veil. If your dress is decorated with lace appliqué, it would look very cohesive to also have lace on your veil. However, just make sure the laces are complimentary if not matching. If your dress is adorned with crystal beading, try pairing it with a crystal trimmed veil. Just make sure your veil doesn't try to steal the show. (*FYI* rhinestones have a silvery shine, while crystals give off a softer, white sparkle.)
How low is the back neckline of your dress?
You will want to make sure your veil falls below the back bodice neckline. It tends to look unfinished and disconnected if there is a gap of skin showing in between where your veil ends and the back neckline. If your dress has a low back and a long veil isn't your style, you could try a a birdcage veil, flower crown or jeweled headpiece.
What is the style of your dress?
Whether your style is classic, modern, bohemian or somewhere in between, the length of your veil can help you achieve your overall bridal aesthetic. A more classic or traditional look can be achieved with a longer veil (ballet, chapel or cathedral length). Or a more modern or edgy aesthetic can be achieved with a shorter veils (birdcage, shoulder or elbow length).
All in all,
There are always exceptions to the rules, you do you, so try on a few different styles and see which ones you love the most. Also, our stylists are more than willing to help you choose the right veil to complete your bridal look. We just recommend that you bring your dress in to get the best match!
Lastly if you're still feeling a little lost on all this veil terminology, the Southbound Bride has a lovely blog that breaks down the different veil lengths + pictures! And as always if you're looking for more wedding inspiration, follow us on Instagram!