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Wondering how to go about choosing a veil for your wedding dress? Veils are iconic bridal accessories and a defining aspect of one’s bridal appearance. Most girls do wear them during the big day. But, given the range of options available on the market, it can be a bit daunting to find the right one. You need to do some homework beforehand and make a careful comparison to select a veil that suits you and your dress. Follow these tips to make the right choice.

1. Consider the material

Veils can be made of a myriad of materials including tulle, satin and lace. Tulle is typically the classic choice for these accessories and is a cheaper alternative to other materials. Further, being a synthetic material, it keeps its shape better and has a lighter look than satin (which otherwise tends to appear rather heavy & hangs straight)

2. Long or short?

One of the most important factors you should consider when shopping for these accessories is length. Shorter veils such as blushers and birdcage give a more personal & informal edge to one’s look. Longer veils like ballet and chapel, on the other hand, take a more traditional and formal approach. To determine the perfect length for you, try to test out several options. You should aim to find a style that not only complements your gown but also your overall silhouette. If you’re unable to find one from the designers, you can consider going the custom route and have one created to your specifications.

3. Color is key

The veil you choose should complement your wedding gown. Brides can choose from several white & ivory shades, beiges and golds. White shades match a perfectly white wedding dress while ivory is ideal for beige or ivory pieces. You can also pick a regular or shimmer finish depending on what suits you. Regular finish is typically matte in appearance while shimmer offers a unique shine that’s particularly clear under lighting.

long-embroidered-wedding-veil4. Decide on the width

These bridal accessories usually vary in width, something that creates differences in fullness both at the sides & top. The sleekest version comes with limited fullness and can be a perfect match for a dress that features decorative straps. The moderate one offers good coverage around the arms and is ideal for a simple shoestring strap dress. Moreover, it has a romantic feel than the sleeker version. The widest style has maximum fullness on top and is ideal for those who prefer strapless dresses and wouldn’t mind some coverage around their arms and shoulders. You should, however, note that this veiling may look a bit overdone when worn with a sophisticated dress.

5. Want a one-layer or two-layer?

One layer veils have a very relaxed feel and look good with just about any dress. They are an option for brides who prefer a minimal and informal look without completely eliminating the chic look. On other hand, two-layer veils look especially great with semi-formal/formal gowns although they can be paired with almost all dresses. They are slightly fuller and are an excellent choice for those who want a dramatic, romantic or traditional look.

Finding the right veil for a wedding dress should not be difficult. By keeping in mind a few things, you can have a smooth, hassle-free experience.