FAQs: How to Select a Bridal Veil

  Once you've found the perfect wedding dress, the time will come to begin thinking about accessories. Incorporating a bridal veil into your wedding attire is a great way to create an elegant, classic look. If you are thinking about wearing a veil, but you don't know the first thing about selecting the right one, read on. Here are a few frequently asked questions to help you decide. Lace Trim Veil   What color veil should I have? Many veils will come in white, ivory, and champagne/butterscotch. It's ideal to match your veil with the color of your dress. Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a white veil and an ivory veil. However, you should be able to see a slight variation in the color of the veil's comb, where much of the material is gathered together. Use the comb as a guide to check color.   What's a good length for my veil? Veils come in six lengths. The most popular veils are waist and mid-hip length. In most cases, longer veils are more formal than shorter veils. As a rule of thumb, your veil should fall a minimum of 3" below the back neckline of your gown. This will make you appear taller. The veil should not cover the details of your gown; it should fall 3" above or below the design elements on the back of your bodice or corset. It also looks better if there is no break showing exposed skin between the veil and the top of the gown. Floor length veils look best when they are either the same length as the train or just a little longer than the train.   Here are the six bridal veil lengths:  

  1. Birdcage
  2. Blusher
  3. Fingertip
  4. Ballet
  5. Chapel
  6. Cathedral

  Is a beaded veil appropriate? Beading on the trim of you veil is a matter of preference. If your wedding dress already has a lot of bead work, then consider opting for a less bead-heavy veil so not to take the attention away from your dress. A veil is just that -- an accessory -- and should not be the main attraction.

Finger Tip Veil

Where should I place my veil? If you are placing a veil beneath an updo on the back of the head, use a small comb that will tuck into the hair nicely. Your veil should be placed just behind the crown of your head so that it falls nicely on the shoulders.   Should I wear a blusher? Many brides are unsure if they should or should not wear a blusher. If you have incorporated an unveiling to your ceremony program, then by all means, where a blusher! If you are marrying in a formal church, you may consider tradition. Some formal churches frown upon exposed shoulders, so a blusher is a subtle way to compromise as you head down the aisle.   Do I have to wear my veil to my reception? You don't. But many wedding photographers may suggest that you wear your veil at least until after the cake cutting for better image quality and continuity on your wedding photos.    

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