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How to choose your wedding veils

Find the best wedding veil for your face and body shape

The moment of really feeling like a bride is when she puts on her veil. That is why a veil is one of the most defining aspects of your bridal appearance after choosing your wedding dress. The history of the veil is culturally diverse, but generally the veil was worn to protect the bride from evil spirits. Nowadays the veil stands as the symbol when a father gives his daughter to her future husband, as well for defining the moment of feeling like a bride, but also considered a beautiful form of adornment to complete the wedding look. The choices of veils are great and since veils come in different types and lengths and may have one, two or more layers you need to understand first all the veil characteristics and then put them into context with your build, body shape, height, face shape neck size, wedding gown, hairstyle, wedding location and theme rather choosing the one you love the most.

 

The end goal of the veil search is that that you find and choose the one that ticks all the boxes, which doesn’t have to be a matching choice but a complementary one. E.g. do you have an embellished bust bodice, or a back detail you would like to create a focus on? If yes, then you need to either select a veil that ends before your point of detail, or choose a longer, sheer style that you can see the detailing through. Or is your wedding dress a simple one, which would mean you can carry off a more elaborate veil. But if your wedding dress has concrete silhouette details or embellishments then a simple veil often looks best. The rule is to do either one, but not both together. Having said that only the most formal of weddings, such as royal weddings tend incorporate a combination of both to make the wedding look more stand out by bringing attention to the wedding dress and wedding veil.

Wedding veil style and shapes

Your wedding dress sets the tone for your wedding look and the veil has to follow its style. You can choose from classic styles, which are formal and usually symmetrical in shape. The romantic style reflects softness and comes with lots of attention details while the sophisticated style is an understated look that is free from fussy details and the creative style incorporates unexpected style details.

The following details are part of your veil search:

  • Veil style - consider your wedding dress, its focus points and embellishments
  • Length which will add style and formality to the wedding and wedding dress
  • Width of a veil comes usually in three different widths shapes that create different type of fullness at the sides and top.
  • Color of your veil has to complement rather than color match to your wedding gown.
  • Tiers – you can choose from one, two and three tier veil. The right and most suitable one depends on various factors
  • Decoration you can find sheer, matt, embellished and patterned veils. The perfect choice depends on what will complement your wedding dress the most

Wedding veil styles overview

Bird cage

Blusher

Cathedral

Chapel

Double tier

Arm length

Fingertip

Fly Away

Fountain

Pouf

Mantilla

Waltz

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Wedding veil Glossary

Arm length veil is similar to the fingertip veil. It is just shorter and usually sits at the arm wrist. It is as well a popular choice and with a more effortless look and feel since the bride doesn’t need to worry getting her dress in the veil with her flower bouquet or getting tangled up on her way to the altar. Often this veil choice is used instead of a wedding dress train option.

Birdcage veil is the shortest version of all veils. It usually only netting combine with a headpiece that can only cover your eyes, go half way across your face or sit just below your jaw line. Birdcage veils feel effortless chic and create an aura of vintage, ladylike sexiness mixed into one.

Blusher veil is a short and single layer of veiling that falls loosely over the bride’s face, extending below and finishes below shoulders. The blusher is worn over the face before the ceremony and can be either be flipped back over or detached altogether after the wedding ceremony.

Cathedral veil is the most dramatic and formal style and therefore the mother of all veils. This style is often as well referred to as the royal veil since the veil falls normally at least three and a half yards or more from a headpiece or crown and ,is often paired with an equally powerful cathedral train. Because of the vast amount of fabric, the bride will require assistance from her bridesmaids.

Chapel veil is like the chapel wedding train extending a bit more than two yards from the headpiece. This veil style is often worn in a combination with sweep train and blusher. Its length makes it one of the more formal styles.

Double tier veil is based on two layers that either combines a blusher and an elbow or fingertip veil or a fingertip veil and a chapel veil. Either choice is considered a formal veil choice.

Elbow length veil is extending to the brides elbow, which lengths makes the veil quite versatile — suitable for formal or less formal gowns. It can be based on multiple layers or be of just one piece of fabric. This veil style is as well popular with ball gowns, because they end where the fullness in the skirt often begins.

Fingertip veil style extends to the bride’s fingertips when her arms are resting at her sides. It is a very popular with brides- especially with wedding ball gowns. As the arm length veil the fingertip veil is used normally as an instead option for train in a wedding dress.

Flyaway veil It’s based on multiple layers and finishes almost on the top of the top of the shoulders. It is a less formal veil choice is usually attached to a headpiece or held in place with combs.

Fountain veil is gathered at the crown of the head and cascading over the face and shoulders to form a “fountain” shape. Its usual length is shoulder or elbow length.

Mantilla veil is a Spanish inspired style, circular in its shape as well loose in structure and draped over the bride’s head and shoulders like a scarf, this veil is worn without a headpiece – but can be secured with a comb-and is typically edged in lace.

Pouf veil had its peek in the 1950’s and 1960s, but they are still a beautiful and bold veil choice. The gathered piece of tulle or netting that fastens to a headband, comb or headpiece to create height for the veil.

Waltz veil called as well the ballet veil sits between the knee and ankle. It is veil choice which has the formal touch but yet is more casual as well it is elegant yet effortless. The reason behind is that is a length that the bride cannot only handle herself but also doesn’t need to worry about tripping over or stepping on it.

Choosing the right wedding veil based on you body shape

When choosing the right veil for your body shape keep in mind it has not only to create the perfect visual balance with your body shape, but also complement your wedding dress shape that you chose based on your body shape. You don’t want to make the mistake having done the right choice in your wedding dress by choosing the wrong type of veil by highlighting the wrong focus points in your body shape and wedding dress.

Table of wedding veils styles that go best with each body shape

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Neat Hourglass Full Hourglass Pear Apple Inverted Triangle Lean Column Rectangle
Arm length veil              
Birdcage              
Blusher              
Cathedral              
Chapel              
Double tier              
Elbow              
Fingertip    
Flyaway    
Fountain    
Mantilla
Pouf      
Waltz/Ballerina

Face shape

Veils are sitting near your face, so for you to know which veil type and style suits your face best you need to know your face shape first. To find out your basic face shape pull your hair back from your face, and with no makeup on and look closely in the mirror. Again focus on the overall shape rather on certain face features longer nose, hooded eyes, small mouth etc.

Overview of the different faces shapes

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Definitions of the face shapes and tips for the right veil choices

Keep in mind that after you assessed your face shape you need to put it on context with all the other body features, as well with your body shape and wedding dress to find the right veil

Oval face shape is the most balanced versatile face shape and gives you an unlimited veil choice next to your face.

Rectangle face shape Face longer than it is wider. Roughly the same width at the forehead as it is at the jaw line. Choose a veil options that softens the straight line with floral lace patterns and rounder veil edges.

Round face shape Fuller looking face with rounded chin and hairline. Widest point is at the cheeks. You need to create edges on top and bottom of your face shape. Choose a more structure headpiece and that has strong veil hem edges. As well that doesn’t add any more roundness to the side of your face shape and it is best is to stay away from any round veil pattern

Square face shape A strong, square jaw line and usually an equally square hairline. You best choice is to visually lengthen your face by choosing a longer veil e.g. at list finger tip veil as well and choose soft edges, patterns and colour in your veil.

Heart face shape is wider at the temples and hairline, narrowing to a small, sometimes pointed chin. Avoid veil details on your crown, so you don’t make it even wider. Blushers finishing below the chin with hem details are great to balance the pointed chin with the broader forehead.

Diamond face shape Cheekbones are the widest part of the face, narrowing equally towards the forehead and jaw line. Best is to choose long simple veils with no clutter in style.

Inverted Triangle face shape Prominent jaw line with widening at the cheekbone and temples. The blusher, short layers and style details in the hemline are great style lines to balance out the wider forehead with the smaller jaw line.

Pear face shape The jaw line is the widest part of the face with narrowing cheekbones and temple. This face shape is exact the opposite to the inverted triangle shape. Therefore a strong veil style at the top of the head is great to balance out the broader jaw line as well choose a veil type that is long and simple and goes at least to the finger tips.

Table of wedding veils styles that go best with which face shape

** These suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Oval Rectangle Round Square Heart Diamond Inverted Triangle Pear
Arm length veil              
Birdcage              
Blusher              
Cathedral              
Chapel              
Double tier                
Elbow                
Fingertip    
Flyaway          
Fountain          
Mantilla  
Pouf          
Waltz/Ballerina    

Choosing the right wedding veil for your neck size

It is another important consideration for creating the maximum visual balance not only in your body shape but also especially around your face, which is usually the focus point for all wedding looks. After all you don’t want to over clutter your neckline based on lacking enough space between your face and you body. So, depending what neck size you have will determine as well what veil style will give you the maximum style impact!

Table of wedding veils styles that go best with which neck size

** These suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Short Wide Short & Wide Average Long Thin Long & Thin
Arm length veil              
Birdcage              
Blusher              
Cathedral              
Chapel              
Double tier              
Elbow              
Fingertip    
Flyaway            
Fountain          
Mantilla        
Pouf          
Waltz/Ballerina          

Choosing your wedding veil right for height

Last but not least your height should be part of your style considerations when choosing the perfect veil for you and your wedding dress. After all you don’t want to run the risk that your veil choice will either visually shorten your height with its volume neither do you want to appear taller than you are by choosing a style that accentuates your height even more. After all it is all about creating the right visual body balance by choosing a veil for a short person that lengthens its frame and not breaking it up instead with all the veil styles and details while a tall bride wants to do exact the opposite by breaking up her height visually rather extending it with her veil choice.

Table of wedding veils styles that go best with which height

** These suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Short Average Tall
Arm length veil      
Birdcage      
Blusher      
Cathedral      
Chapel      
Double tier      
Elbow      
Fingertip    
Flyaway      
Fountain      
Mantilla      
Pouf      
Waltz/Ballerina    

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