How to choose the perfect wedding veil
A wedding veil is an amazingly evocative accessory. Chances are you’ll never have worn one before and you most likely never will again! It’s also the one accessory that will truly make you look and feel like a bride, so how do you choose the right one?
Below, our expert stylists have put together their top tips on how to choose the perfect wedding veil and wear it with style. Also, for more expert advice, you can head to your nearest WED2B store where our staff can help you try on different veils, offer styling tips, suggest matching accessories and much more…
Finding the right length:
- Cathedral-length veils: A cathedral-length veil is full length and will normally reach right to the end of your train. This is a veil that delivers an unforgettable statement that's classic and a touch regal. It will trail gracefully beyond your dress's train as you move and frame you in a soft mist of tulle.
- Mid-length veils: Mid-length veils include elbow-length, fingertip-length, and walking veils (which are designed to fall between your knee and the ground). These shorter styles outline the upper body and create a flattering silhouette. They can look quite traditional but also work well with shorter or vintage styles, such as tea-length dresses.
How many tiers?
Single-tier and multi-tier veils allow you to select the level of volume that's right for your look. You can also double up on veils to create a completely customised two-tier effect with just the right amount of bounce.
To embellish or not to embellish?
The trim or beading on your veil doesn't have to mimic your dress's details perfectly, but it's lovely when they complement each other. For example, a lace dress works well with a veil decorated with lace appliqués, while a satin gown might look amazing with a satin-edged veil. Alternatively, if your dress is heavily embellished, a simple veil with few details will let the dress shine through. On the other hand, an understated gown can look fabulous with a more decorative choice. Whatever style you go for, just remember your veil and your dress need to work together rather than competing for attention.
The perfect position
Most veils can be worn in a number of ways and where you place it really does create a different look. For example, wearing your wedding veil on the top of your head gives it a more traditional feel. Wearing it on the crown of the head is a touch more contemporary, while the back of the head is sophisticated and classic. Moving your veil even a few centimetres can transform your look, so try out different placements in store to see which one suits you best.
Mix it up
Finally, changing your veil is a great way to completely revamp your big day outfit. Also, while a veil is perfect for the ceremony, you may find that it gets in the way once the wedding breakfast starts. So, consider swapping it for a pretty comb or headband after the ceremony. This will help to create two looks in one and means it won't trip you up when it’s time to hit the dance floor!
Still not sure which style of wedding veil is for you? Here are three of our most popular choices to inspire you…
Loulou is a romantic tulle veil with a delicate satin-edge. Available in elbow, fingertip and cathedral-length, it’s understated and sophisticated. It also looks equally gorgeous with a minimal, contemporary dress as it does with a more embellished gown.
A modern classic
Here we’ve paired Loulou with a contemporary sweetheart-style ball gown and a classic tiara. It's a look that mixes contemporary and classic perfectly.
Want to up the glamour a little more? Then our Bellatrix veil could be the one. Its stunning scalloped edge is embellished with beautiful iridescent teardrop crystals that are super eye-catching. They're subtle while still providing that all-important hint of sparkle as you walk down the aisle.
Simple but effective
Alternatively, keep it simple with our gorgeous Willa veil. Made from classic plain tulle with a single tier, Willa has everything you need from a wedding veil.
It’s beautiful, light and understated, and will work wonderfully with absolutely every style of wedding dress. It will surround you with a soft veil of tulle while letting you and your dress shine though. Perfect, job done!