Occasions 'n Days

Contemporary custom-made wedding and special occasion apparel with a distinctive finesseBy Monica Kanari

Whats in a veil- Part II

Does your gown design and wedding location work with your veil of choice?

Walking down the aile in her parents' arms







Gown Design: – As a general rule, elaborate and heavily embellished gown requires a simple veil and a simple gown can carry a detailed veil.


The key focal points of your gown will also determine the length of your veil. You can choose one that ends just before the detailing on your gown, but should you want a long one ensure that it is sheer enough to still show the details.


Another thing to look out for is the length of your veil in relation to your gown. For short veils, the length should be at least 3” below the backdrop or neckline of your gown. Why? This avoids creating a break showing skin between your veil and the gown.


If your gown has detail on the back such as a beaded pattern, flowers or laced up detailing, again ensure the length of the veil works to flatter this design.


  1. Wedding Location: – One would wonder what on earth your wedding location has to do with your veil type. We’ll tell you why.


If an outdoor ceremony is the wedding of your choice then you may want to consider elements such as sand, dirt and wind. Keeping your veil short for this type of wedding is advisable. A long veil will be hard to keep in place on a windy day, for weddings in windy areas a visor or birdcage will work much better.


Also remember most veils are made out of tulle a loosely woven, mesh like fabric. Dragging a veil through dirt may cause it to collect debris or get caught on something which could be disastrous.


A cathedral veil is best suited for a formal wedding setting in a large church. This is because it requires a lot of room.


Over and above the various factors mentioned that will help you when choosing your bridal veil, there are extra details you may want to consider too. These are the various finishes that work with your veil or dress design such as ribbon or lace edges. You can also ask your designer to translate some of the details on your dress onto your veil.


It is a preconceived assumption that veils have no place in the reception part of your wedding. This however is not true. There is no rule that discourages a bride from keeping her veil on through the entire wedding day. It can sometimes mean the difference between looking like the bride or a beautiful lady dressed in white.

Whats in a veil- Part 1

Shiro Ngethe with veil









After finding the gown, the next accessory in defining your overall look is your veil. This article gives you a brief guideline on how to pick the right veil for you.

When choosing your veil, you will need to consider your face shape, body shape, hairstyle, gown design and location too. In this article we shall highlight the first three in relation to your veil.


  1. Face shape: – Your veil can either flatter or clash with the shape of your face. For example if you have a round face you probably want to avoid a veil with too much fullness. Consider veils that make your face longer and slimmer like a shoulder length veil.


If your face is squarer in shape avoid the half face of jaw cutting of the bird cage or blusher veils. Instead a circular shoulder length veil will soften the angles of your jaw line.

The oval face shape generally suits any veil style; however you should be careful about going too extreme when picking your veil.


  1. Body Shape: – Body shape is not only important when picking a gown but also when choosing your veil.


A long finger tip veil or longer works better for brides with a larger bust or tummy. This type of veil elongates your torso, giving you a balanced look. On the other hand if you are pear shaped or have full hips then your veil should be no longer than your waist level. Choosing a shoulder, elbow or waist length veil highlights the smaller parts of your body.


Also if you are short, then any veil above the waist will be more flattering.


  1. Hair style: – Every bride should have the freedom to choose how to wear her hair on her wedding day without worrying if the do will be ruined by the veil. Long and heavy veils are best supported by up-do hairstyles such a bun where as an all hair down do will work best with light weight, shorter veils.

Should you choose to do a half up, half down hair-do, then a moderate or light weight veil will work. Be careful to ensure the length of your hair do does not exceed that of the veil.


Do not forget that where you position your veil on your head will contribute to the overall cohesion of your look. A wide full veil is best when worn towards the front of the head while that with less gathers towards the back of the head.


Make sure your hair stylist knows what type of veil you plan on wearing as well as how you want it positioned.


Over and above the three things discussed, make sure your jewellery of choice will not snag onto your veil. This goes for all hair accessories too.


In our next article we will discuss how your veil works to flatter you gown design and how your wedding location can influence your veil choice.


Here’s why you should customize your dress.

Shopping for your wedding dress is probably the most exciting part of planning your wedding; however it can be the most stressful especially when you cannot seem to find the perfect gown. Interpreting your ideas and fantasies into the dress you will walk down the aisle with can prove to be a challenge, espeWebsite gown 2cially when you have been trying on several gowns which are almost , but not quite what you want.


This is where your designer comes in. With so many options to choose from on where to source your gown from, having your dress designed and customized for you works better especially if you are very particular on the design you want.


Here are a few advantages of having a designer create your dream dress for your special day:-


  • You want to find the right size


Finding the perfect gown is a challenge, finding it in your size is an even bigger task.


Having a customized gown allows you to have a perfect fitting gown, specially designed to shape and flatter your body type. While getting a ready made gown is the preferred option for most brides, wedding gown sizes typically run one or two sizes smaller than everyday clothing so it is crucial to get the right size.


Dresses that have beadwork or that are smaller in size are tougher to alter and will end up costing you a lot more. Customizing you dress will always save you the trouble of wondering if your gown will be altered right. The dress is made specifically to fit you, the bride, and not a general body type.


  • You want someone who cares about the details


Details; these are the little thing we may overlook or relegate to the back burner when shopping for a dress.


Your designer is trained to pay attention to every single thing that concerns your overall look on your wedding day. This goes from the design of the dress, to the little accessories on the gown all the way to your shoes.


The designer is concerned about how your dress will match your accessories and jewellery, what kind of underwear will fit the dress, the type of veil that will flatter the dress and how to make every view of the gown flattering from the front to the back. Your dress is also designed to fit into your theme, stand out from other gowns, suit the location of your wedding and conform to the activities you wish to perform on that day.


Pink represents inner beauty


Arianne ‘s gown is a baby pink pure silk ball gown that has a ruched bodice with a silver waist band.

Her dress is more than a dress it symbolizes her personality and is uniquely enchanting. According to psychologists pink represents a love for beauty, a nurturer and  warmth. Arianne choose to let her inner beauty shine in a dress that contradicts tradition.

Congratulations Arianne, it was a pleasure working with you.




Congratulations to Sarah Mwangi

Thanks Sarah for letting us do your wedding gown, you looked lovely.

Congratulations to Anita

Anita Munyasya Mutula Junior was a November 2011 bride who made her wedding dress at OnD. Here are some pictures of her looking great in her lovely dress, taken on the morning of the wedding. Congratulations Anita!

Congratulations to Agatha

Thanks Agatha for such a wonderful testimonial …

“When I contacted Monica, very little time was remaining before my wedding. Fortunately, Monica has been very efficient and moreover very listening. She understood exactly what I wanted right away and her suggestions were always very accurate. She made me look gorgeous on my D-day ; thanks to her and her lovely team I got to wear a unique and original gown that made me look at best! The groom was bewitched and the guest as well ; all this thanks to Monica’s great talent. I’ll always remember this day mainly because I was happy of course but also because I had never felt that beautiful.” – Agatha Hume

Sanaipei as a Bridesmaid

Here’s Debra Sanaipei as a bridesmaid in an OnD outfit. Thanks Debra for your continued support!

Congratulations to Natasha

Thanks Natasha for the opportunity to work with you on your wedding gown! And thanks for your kinds words of encouragement …

“I honestly still marvel at the pictures of the wedding dress and so do my friends. It was extremely well done and I must say that it complimented my straight figure. Thank you Monica for the great job done and May God continue to bless your work.” – Natasha Nalyaka Mugwe

Congratulations to Janet

Thanks Janet for doing your gown and bridesmaids at OnD!

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