Choosing a Veil

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The right veil can transform a bridal gown, taking it from simply beautiful to breathtaking. While the style of your dress helps determine your choice in veils, there are still a number of options to consider. Veils come in varying lengths, with a wide range of detail. Try different styles to find one that best complements your dress.

The following are options to consider when you are selecting a veil.

Length Longer veils slim and lengthen you figure, while shorter veils can emphasize the waist and hip area.

Informal & semi-formal: 20 inches or less Cage or birdcage--Shortest option, covering the face. A modern, sophisticated look that works well with simple styles

Flyaway --Falling just above the shoulder, this style is ideal for daytime nuptials, simple gowns and cocktail or tea-length dresses.

Shoulder (20 inches)--A semi-formal look, ideal for dresses with bust, waist and lower back detail.

Semi-formal & formal: 30-45 inches

Elbow-length (25 inches) or waist (30 inches) Most suitable for semi-formal weddings, this length pairs well with most gown styles that do not feature a train

Fingertip (36 inches) Appropriate for both semi-formal or formal weddings, this length look best with floor-length gowns without a train.

Knee (45 inches) Most appropriate with mid-calf length dresses Formal:

Floor length or Ballerina (72-inches)-- A formal style, ideally matched with full length gowns that do not have a train.

Chapel--(90-inches) A classic look, best partnered with gowns that feature a train.

Cathedral-- (120-inches) A dramatic look for the most formal weddings, this style extends approximately four feet beyond the end of the dress or six inches past the train.

Blusher--A blusher is a separate shoulder length layer worn over the face, typically for semi-formal or formal weddings. It can be worn with most other length veils.

Tiers One tier veils--Ideal for a bride who wants a subtly elegant, less formal look, these styles do not have a blusher.

Two-tier veils--The choice for brides who want a more traditional, semi-formal or formal look.

General Guidelines Ideally, it should appear that your gown and headpiece were designed as a coordinated ensemble; your veil should match your dress in color and detailing. For example, if your dress is embellished with pearls, detailing on your veil should be pearls. Don't select a white veil for an ivory dress; though it may seem slight, the difference will be noticeable

Choose a veil to accentuate your dress. Simple dresses can benefit from more ornate veils; conversely a heavily embellished dress may be best paired with a simpler veil. Be sure the veil is proportionate to your gown and does not obscure any special detail or focal point.

Stand back from the mirror, (ten feet or more) to accurately assess the picture and overall effect of a veil with your gown.

Face Shape Your veil will frame and highlight your face, a well-designed headpiece can accent or de-emphasize facial features. In general, tall and narrow styles slim and lengthen features, while low or full headpieces can shorten or widen a face.

Diamond and oval shaped faces are symmetrical and can choose virtually any style that works with the dress.

Round faces should avoid fullness at the side of the face, and consider styles with some volume at the top of the head, or that fall along the side of the face to create a longer, slimmer appearance.

Square or rectangular faces benefit from circular or longer, cascading styles that soften angular lines

Heart-shaped or Triangular faces often look best in styles such as back pieces which can add width at the neckline