How To Choose Your Wedding Veil

Your wedding veil and headpiece should complete your look, and not draw everyone's attention away from your face and wedding dress.

Just like the wedding dress, there are many bridal veil styles, lengths and fabrics that you can choose from.

The veil that you select should match your personality and taste but is should also complement your face shape, body shape, hair style and your ceremony.

So How Do You Choose The Right Veil For You?

When the time comes to selecting your wedding veil you should take into consideration the following points:

1. The Type Of Ceremony

Bride in white with white bouquet.

If you were to have a traditional wedding ceremony in a church a long bridal veil might be more appropriate on the other hand if you were to have a casual ceremony that would take place on the beach a birdcage wedding veil or a short veil might be more suited.

2. The Style Of Your Wedding Dress

If you have a particular detail or feature on your dress that you would like to show off you would be best to select a sheer simple veil that will highlight and bring attention to the design.

On the other hand if your dress is simple and understated with little or no embellishments you could easily wear a veil that has more detail on it.

3. The Length Of Your Veil

It is important to find a length of veil that will complement your body shape and your wedding dress style. For example:

  • A long veil that extends past the fingertips will draw away attention from a large bust or stomach by adding the illusion of height.
  • Short veils such as the birdcage or elbow length veils would draw attention away from your hips if you were pear-shaped.
  • If you were short in height you should avoid veils that are too long as they can make you look even shorter and heavier - your best option would be to have a veil that sits at your waist or higher.

4. What Type Of Fabric, Color And Embellishment Do You Want?

Bridal veils are usually made from soft fabrics such as silk, tulle, illusion, all over lace fabrics or chiffon. However wedding veils can also be made from any soft sheer lightweight fabric that drapes well.

Your veil can be left plain which will allow the details of your dress to "shine" through. Or you can create an extra special look with your veil by embellishing it with lace, rhinestone trim, delicate beading, all over crystals, or patterns of gilded threads.

Traditionally white or cream was the only color choice a bride had for her veil, but with the many different colored wedding dress available today so have the color choices increased for the wedding veil.

A bride can now match a black veil to her black wedding dress or even an ivory veil to her ivory wedding dress.

5. Wedding Headpiece

If you choose to use a headpiece to wear with your veil you must make sure that it flatters your face shape, height, personality and style with the overall look being balanced and not out of proportion. That is to say it should not make you look too tall or short or too fat or too thin.

In some cases it is important for the tall bride to take into consideration the height of the groom - you don't want to look unbalanced with headpiece that makes you look even taller than your partner.

The headpiece should also be light in weight and looks so that it won't overpower your wedding dress and you. So if it looks too big or small try on another size until you find the perfect look.

6. You Wedding Hairstyle

You might already have an idea of the type of hairstyle that you would like to wear on your wedding day. If this is the case when you experiment with various wedding veil styles pin or style your hair in a similar fashion to get an idea of the overall look.

If you don't have an idea of how you would like to wear your hair but do have an idea of the veil style browse through magazines or online to find something that resembles your chosen style.

Once you have found similar veils see how the models have had their hair styled, copy the ones that you like and take these to your hairdresser.

You should also take your veil with you when visiting your hairdresser so that they can see your veil style, this will make it easier for them to create the perfect hairstyle for you.