You and your dress may be the stars of the show, but the veil is a close second. Wedding veils were originally thought of as a way to protect the bride from evil spirits. While we now consider them to merely be a beautiful accent, you will want to take a few things in to consideration when selecting your perfect veil. Not only do you need to think about your dress, you also need to think about th overall look you hope to achieve. From the dress, to your face shape, and everything in between, these are importat parts of figuring out which veil is right for you.
First and foremost, the key to selecting the best veil means taking your dress in to account. You always want to be sure that the veil you select will compliment your look, not overpower or distract.
What part of the dress needs to be the focal point? If you have a back detail you would like to show off, for example, obviously you'll want to make sure the veil is either short enough to allow an unobstructed view. In the event you had your heart set on a cathedral length, you will want to make sure to choose an extremely sheer material.
Another important thing is to consider not only embellishments, but the overall style of the gown. A good rule of thumb? The simpler the dress, the more elaborate a veil can be pulled off. As tempting as it may be to opt for an ornate veil or headpiece, try to hold back if your dress already has a lot of detail.
Once you've narrowed down the style of veil you want, you will want to choose the width. You will find that many veils are often 72 inches in width. It will offer some coverage around the arms, so this is a good match for a dress with thin straps.
108 inches is the widest option and it will provide the most fullness, especially on top. It comes around to cover the arms. If you're wearing a strapless dress and need some coverage around your upper body, this will be a fantastic option.
Needless to say, you will want a color that will match your wedding gown. If you have opted for a unique color, consider giving a swatch to your seamstress to ensure the two don't clash.
Round faces typically look very full in appearance. When choosing your veil, opt for a style that will help to elongate your features. You will most likely want to look at shoulder length veils.
Square faces are wide and angular. You will want to choose a style that will soften your look. Shoulder length, circular cascading styles can aid in doing just that.
Oval faces are similar to an egg: longer than they are wide. This is an ideal face shape as they tend to be well balanced and allow for experimentation with various veil styles. Do be aware that you may want to avoid extreme volume or width; this will help in maintaining proper proportion.
Finally, rectangle faces are longer than wide, but they are also narrow and more angular. You will want to look for a style that offers width around the face, but definitely avoid volume.