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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.


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