Choosing the perfect veil to suite your gown can be tricky, here are my top tips for choosing the right veil for your big day

 

After the stunning gown, the next most important item for any bride is her veil - nothing completes the look or confirms
'I am the Bride' than this simple piece of attire.

So what do you go for?
What will work with you and your wedding gown?  For this you will need to think about what sort of image you'd like to have.  Will it be glamorous, sophiosticed, romantic or totally OTT?

Here's a few of my recommendations:

Full skirted gowns - tulle: go for something like a waist length or fingertip, it won't detract from the fullness of the skirt, stay clear of long veils with these particular gowns as too many layers of tulle can be unruly.

Other full skirted gowns can carry off a long veil as the tulle will glide over the fabric.

A line gowns work well with the waist length/elbow length, fingertip or full length if you gown has a train.  But Ankle length and floor length will cut off fluid lines as they look too short for the gown.

Fishtail or column gowns:  If your gown doesn't have a train then this is where the ankle or the shorter lengths all come into their own.  For maximum glamour long veils will look stunning.

Simple, classically cut styles will look striking with a Mantilla veil, or the satin edged veils will give clean crisp, stylish lines to a modern gown.

Fun and flirty? Each season designers will never fail to disapoint and will always have in their collections the short and sassy gowns.  Depending on the image you'd like to go for why not try: A shoulder length with plenty of fullness, a bubble veil - very Audrey Hepburn, a waist length or the enchanting birdcage veils?  But nothing longer than the hem of your gown!

Top tips

  • The 'blush' is the tier or layer that traditionally covers the brides face during the ceremony, this is then lifted by her husband, the 'train' is the tier that falls behind.
  • When choosing sparkles for your veil consider the details on your gown, will rainbow sparkles match or would the crystal shine diamantes match better?
  • When choosing a long veil ensure it finishes longer than the hem of your gown, veils that finish a little shorter then the hemline of the train will look too short  and the fluidity of the image is lost.
  • Mantilla veils are trimmed with beautiful lace - just as Kate's did.  If choosing this veil and your gown has lace then ideally the two should match.
  • Silk veils give a softer drape but do tend to crease more.
  • Discuss withyour hairdresser how you would like your hair for your big day, before choosing the length of your veil, the postitioning will effect the length, the look and the 'performance' - the higher you wear the veil on your head, the shorter it will fall down your back.
  • If you don't fancy having a tiara and a veil why not choose a veil that has the sparles on the comb.

 

Remember a wedding veil is the ONE thing that no one else in the bridal party will be wearing except YOU - go on - enjoy yourself!