posted on 2nd Oct 2013
Happy Wedding Wednesday! Nothing says ‘Bride’ quite like a veil. It is the ultimate bridal accessory, but with so many styles and lengths to choose from it can be hard to know what one to go for!
Before you dive head first into a boutique’s veil selection, it is always a good idea to choose ‘the’ dress first. Your veil should work with, and enhance, your gown, rather than fight against it for attention, so you need to know what style you are going to go for. Whether you are rocking a full-on princess gown or a chic silk slip dress, there is a veil out there to make it look even more gorgeous – we promise!
Another thing to consider is how you want to wear your hair on the day. Even if you haven’t decided exactly what style you’re going for, if you can let the boutique assistant know whether you’re thinking of having your hair up or down this will help them suggest the best veil styles for you.
It is also worth taking your mum or a bridesmaid along with you, so that they can let you know what the veil looks like from behind. Just be warned – it’s inevitable whoever you bring along will get serious veil-envy and insist on trying one on too, just to see what it looks like!
Our guide to veil lengths
1. Birdcage or fascinator
This is a short veil that only covers the face. It works especially well with vintage ’40s and ’50s dresses.
2. Shoulder length
Also known as blusher length, this is perfect for showing off bust, waist or back details on your dress.
3. Elbow length
The elbow length veil works well with romantic ball gowns, as it ends where the fullness in the skirt begins.
As you’d expect, the length of the veil reaches the tips of your fingers. It works with most dress styles and is a classic choice.
This floor-length veil is perfect for formal weddings and works beautifully with dresses with long trains.
The longest veil available extends for a metre along the floor. It’s a grand style suited to a traditional church wedding.
So what style and length will you go for?
Jessica at Leez Priory