Headpiece & Veil Tips

  • Always check your rear view when trying on a veil. To show off the back of your wedding dress, choose a sheer or single-layer design.
  • A simple, unembellished veil flatters an elaborate wedding dress best, while a classic gown can be paired with a plain or an ornate confection.
  • Any adornments on your veil should begin below the point at which your dress ornamentation ends—this way the two won’t compete.
  • Beware of ribbon-edge veils that hit at your middle—they can create a horizontal line, making you look shorter.
  • Take a brisk walk with your headpiece to make sure that it stays firmly in place. You don’t want to lose it before you reach the altar.
  • Take your face shape into account when making your selection. A veil that falls straight down narrows a round, full visage; a waterfall design adds width to an oblong face. A square jaw benefits a longer veil, while a heart-shaped face looks best with a veil that falls behind the neck.
  • Planning to doff your veil after the "I do’s"? Invest in a headpiece—try a headband or comb—that looks good without the tulle. The headpiece should have fabric hooks and loops or Velcro fasteners for easy veil removal.
  • Make sure your blusher veil is long enough to flip over your head.
  • Traditionally, veils are deemed inappropriate for second-time or pregnant brides. But if your heart’s set on one, choose a more subdued style or a nontraditional birdcage veil.
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