Choosing The Right Wedding Veil

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The veil is probably the ultimate bridal accessory. It's optional unless you have a religious requirement, but many people still decide to go with one. Here's a guide to how to find the veil that'll be right for you, your ceremony, and the style of wedding gown you've chosen for the biggest day of your life.

The perfect veil depends on the look you want and the type of dress you've chosen. The most common material is tulle, for instance, but many brides also choose satin, lace, silk gauze and other materials. Veils may be plain, embroidered, covered in rhinestones or beaded. They come in lengths from short blusher veils to full on cathedral length.

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The first question is how much do you want to cover? Your dress will to some degree dictate veil length - after all, a short gown with a full length veil will look a little strange. But you still need to decide how short you want your veil, and whether you want it to cover your hair for the entire event. That dictates whether you choose a veil that's supported by the hair or fastens under it. Ceremony-only veils tend to be longer, while those worn through the reception are usually on the shorter side. Some brides even bustle their train with their veil. Remember that your veil won't appear in pictures after the ceremony if you decide to take it off for the reception. Many brides wait till after the first dance to remove theirs for this reason.

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Elaborate veils should not be allowed to compete with the dress, so keep embellishments below the level of the gown decoration. If your whole dress is decorated, choose a simple veil instead. Keep the wedding veil to the same level of formality as the rest of the wedding, too. Beach weddings aren't the place for a veil that hits the sand. Veils should complement the dress, not match it completely, which actually makes it easier to find the right one. You don't have to worry about finding the exact match.

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When it comes to price, complexity and materials will dictate what you pay. Bridal veils average about two hundred seventy-five dollars, but can run anywhere from twenty dollars up to over five hundred. Short, single layer veils with little detailing are on the cheap end of the range, while silk veils with beading, lace and other details are on the expensive end.


The fancier the veil, the more you'll pay, so don't plan for a complicated one if you're running your wedding on a budget. On the plus side, simple veils can often be made yourself, if you have a few basic sewing skills. Just take the time to think about the ceremony and the overall feel of the wedding, and you'll have no trouble choosing a veil. That's all there is to it!.

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