For every girl, nuptial is the most important occasion that she has ever shown up in all her lifetime. After the wedding gown, a veil is one of the most defining aspects of the wedding ensemble, though it is just an accessory. Almost every bride with a romantic fantasy think that she does not feel like a bride to be married until the moment when she has her fancy veil on. There's just something about a wispy piece of white fabric that completes the transformation from the daily persona to the bride. So, here we post some wedding guidelines about the veil to you all who are going to get married, and hope to give you some handy instructions.
First and foremost, the ideal veil depends largely on the style of wedding gown you choose, After all, your veil must remain in harmony with the style of your wedding (party, an official reception, wedding in the church …). Pick something bold to fit your theme, or something softer to be more conventional. The veil you want should really compliments your wedding dress. Remember, veils should merely complement wedding dresses, so don't be overly obsessive about finding a perfect match. If your dress has a lot of elaborate details, you should select a wedding veil that has little or no embellishment. Cut edge, pencil, satin cord, or satin ribbon edge veils will be perfect as they will not hide the beautiful details at the back of your wedding gown. Elaborate veils look best with simpler wedding gowns. Lace veils and mantilla style veils will embellish the plain back of the wedding gown. Veils with scattered Swarovski pearls or rhinestones will add a beautiful sparkle to your dress. 54” or 72” wide veils are perfect for detailed full skirt gowns whereas full 108” wide veils go better with slim simple gowns.
In addition, you may want to take into account the religious requirements for your wedding. Various religions have different conventions against veils, so it is necessary for you to know the customs of your religion.
Apart from these conclusive details, you can get into all of the other exciting details. consider the following pointers before making your final decision:
1. Consider the different lengths.
- 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 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 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 then an elbow length veil at approximately 30 inches. 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 long and also suit the majority of dress styles.
- Knee length veils are approximately 45 inches and reaches to around your knees. It looks 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. 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 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 long and some extend up to nine feet along the ground. They work best with full length, classic wedding gowns.
2. Consider the Width.
Veils typically come in three different widths that create varying degrees of fullness at the sides and top.
- 54 inch 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.
- 72 inch 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.
- 108 inch 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.
3. Think About the Color.
Your veil needs to be a suitable color match to your wedding gown. There are several white and ivory shades, pinks, beige and gold. You can also choose between a regular and a shimmer finish. Shimmer veiling offers a distinct shine, which is especially evident under lighting. In contrast regular veiling is matte in appearance. If you want to ensure an exact match, make sure you can order veil swatches to match to your dress.
4. Look at what type of face shape do you have.
A veil frames your face, so your face shape is an important denominator in choosing a veil. Consider the following advice for your face shape:
- Round face-a round face is virtually as wide as it is long and looks full in appearance. When choosing a veil look for a style that will help make your face look longer and slimmer.
- Square face -a square face is typically wide and angular looking. When choosing a veil look for a style that will soften your face and add length. It is preferable for your veil to reach at least shoulder length and for it to have some volume on the top of the head.
- Oval Face-an oval face shape in slightly longer then it is wide, it is similar in appearance to an egg shape. As this face shape is well balanced, you are free to experiment with different veil styles.
- Rectangle face-a rectangle face is longer then it is wide and it tends to appear narrow and angular. When choosing a veil look for a style that has width around the face, but no height at the top of the head.
5. 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 suit veils that end at shoulder, elbow, or waist level. These lengths draw attention to your smaller points, rather then the width of your hips.
- Full figured women should ideally stick to one tier, narrow width veils, because you don’t want to add an extra volume to your body. Tall women can typically carry off longer veils, but shorter women tend to suit veils that are waist height or above.
5. Clear about 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 carry off.
A heavy head piece, long veil, or multiple tiered veil all require a supportive up-do hairstyle like a bun.
A half up/half down hairstyle will work with moderate weight and length veils.
If you intend on wearing 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.
At last, I hope this post will be helpful to you.