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.