The wedding veil: how to choose the one and how to wear it
As the most ceremonious of our bridal accessories, the wedding veil has been one of the bride’s favorite adornments for ages; that’s why bridal veils have a special place among our hand made hair accessories. Whether you are wearing an organza gown, a silk one or a tulle one, wearing a veil always adds something special to weddings, especially if you are having a vintage wedding. Plus, it is a great occasion to have a unique and intimate moment with the groom when he lifts the veil. Checkout this article to learn more about the veils of our bridal collection and get some advice on how to select the perfect veil for your outfit and how to wear it.
How to choose the one?
As there are almost as many types of veils as there are of wedding dresses, choosing the perfect veil is not an easy task. The choice of your bridal veil will depend on many aspects of your beautiful wedding. First, you have to take into account your bridal style. For example, birdcage veils are ideal if you love their retro vibe. However, if you are more classic, you might prefer a vintage-inspired long veil over a birdcage veil.
You also have to make sure the veil you pick matches the fabric and the style of your wedding dress: you won’t choose the same type of veil if your bridal gown is made of tulle, of satin or of lace for instance. If your wedding gown is quite intricate (if it is embroidered for example), you might opt for a simpler veil whereas you could opt for something more unique like a sparkly veil, a couture veil or a beaded veil if you have a simpler dress. Wedding veils also have to match the tone and color of your bridal dress: a white tulle veil won’t match an ivory or champagne gown. If you are having a winter wedding, it could be a great idea to look for a veil that looks great when you drape it like a shawl.
Of course, you need to think about the hairstyles you like and the hairstyle you’ll choose so that it has the same style as your veil. Wedding accessories and jewellery also have to be considered: if you have quite a lot of adornments, picking a sober veil might be a great idea to make sure that your wedding attire is not too extra (except if that’s the effect you are looking for of course!).
Last but not least, when you pick your veil for your perfect wedding, think about the effect you are looking for. Picture yourself walking down the aisle: will your bridesmaids or your flower-girl hold your long veil? How do you want to look and feel when you waltz with your husband in front of your wedding guests? What do you want you silhouette to look like? A cathedral length veil will give quite a dramatic effect, especially if you are having a religious wedding in a cathedral or a chapel. If you are having a beach wedding, you might prefer a shorter sparkling veil that is airier and catches the sun when flowing with the wind.
How to wear it?
Now that you know everything about how to choose the perfect veil, here are our tips on how to wear it. Again, it will depend on several aspects such as if you are having a simple white wedding or a colorful one, the flowers you picked for your bouquet, your wedding decorations, or if you are wearing dainty pearl earrings or dangling ones.
On its own
If you are having a simple wedding and like a classic, vintage-style wedding attire, one option would be to wear your cathedral veil, chapel veil or shoulder length veil on its own without any other headpiece. If you want to go all in with the vintage style, arrange your bridal hair in an updo and opt for a cascading bouquet.
Another case for which wearing the veil on its own is a great option is if the bridal veil is more complex and is enough on its own. Accented with roses, daisies and hydrangeas, our Carmel veil will make you look dazzling on the big day. With its beautiful blooms, it is perfect to bring a blush of color, to add texture to simple gowns and to create a unique wedding look.
With a double comb
If you’d like to embellish your wedding hair with some sort of wedding hair accessories, hair combs are a great adornment to wear with a wedding veil. Fixing your wedding veil with a comb or a double comb will bring elegance as well as structure to your bridal hairstyle. Arrange your hair in a classic bun or a sophisticated one, place your veil over the chignon and fix it into place with the bridal hair comb.
Here, the model is wearing our handmade Sirena double comb over our Pia lace veil for an exquisite flowery look.
With a flower crown
If you prefer a bohemian look or do not like the hair comb style, you can ornate your wedding veil with a stunning flower crown to create a glamorous vibe for your wedding-day. Here the model is wearing our Juliet flower crown over an ivory-white veil which has been embellished with flowers and petals matching the pastel tones of the pink roses. A flowery wedding tiara over a veil gives the illusion of a halo which enhances the boho vibe of the wedding attire.
Of course these two options are not the only ones that are possible when it comes to assorting a veil with bridal headpieces. You could add an elegant hair accessory under your veil such as a crystal tiara, a flowery hair pin or a barrette with rhinestones for example. Anything is possible as long as you feel dazzling.
Now that you are an expert on wedding veils, come and meet us at our flagship in Paris to tell us more about the style of your wedding gown and what you have envisioned for your bridal hair accessories. Our little fairies will be delighted to help you choose your veil. You will also be able to try on any hair accessory you’d like: our flowery combs, our headbands adorned with a satin ribbon, our classy hats, our Swarovski crystals tiaras, our hair pins that sparkle, or a gold-plated hair clip. As a bride-to-be, trying on your hair accessory is the best way to find the one that will make you feel the prettiest on your wedding day. You could also come to our store as part of your bridal party. Our beautiful headpieces are not only for the bride but also for her bridesmaid, the flower girls, the wedding guests, and even the groom and his groomsmen!