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 BRIDAL ATTIRE
Different Styles, Different Gowns
Like all accessories, different styles of veils will look better with different styles of gowns. A simple gown can turn into a luxu- rious look when paired with a long veil cov- ered in exquisite details. Likewise, a more formal ball gown can be transformed into simple elegance with a low-key veil. There are certainly styles of veils that will or won’t work with different looks; however, there are no specific rules when it comes to matching a veil style with a gown style. Ultimately, it comes down to personal taste. You’ll know when something works or doesn’t work.
As far as your options, you have many. The list of styles is endless! And these days, veils are highly customizable, so brides can add, remove, and change almost anything about a sample style. The most common lengths are cathedral, chapel, fingertip, elbow, and the blusher. Popular styles include classic one- and two-tier veils, mantilla, waterfall, petal, flirt, and pout.
Expert Tips
likely frame most gowns well. Tying the look together is extremely important.
Contrast is also critical in some cases. If the gown is heavily beaded, the veil should be less so. Remember that sometimes less truly is more. If you have too much texture, it can overdo a good thing. If your skirt is the focal point, you should consider an elbow-length veil or a cut-edge classic veil with no embell- ishments if your heart is set on a long veil.
Most importantly, don’t choose a veil until you make sure the look you’re creating fits in with your entire event. If you’re planning a casual backyard barbecue, an Italian cathedral veil may not be right for you. Weigh not just the gown, but the overall ambiance of the whole day that you have planned and how well the veil fits with that ambiance.
Trends
When it comes to current trends for bridal veils, bold and dramatic is definitely making a comeback. Many shops are now carrying tulle veils in a variety of lengths and fullness, as well as short birdcage styles. Many brides are also shifting from shorter veils to very dramatic 1920s-inspired cathedral styles. Shows that throw back to elegant opulence like Downton Abbey can be thanked for setting this trend. The fit-and-flare style of dresses is still extremely popular, so many brides are opting for cathedral-length veils to complement this style.
In the not-too-recent past, many brides were skipping the veil altogether. But the veil is starting to make a comeback with brides – and not just any veil. Today’s bride
wants a veil that really goes with her gown and reflects the style of the gown and her wedding day. Veils are getting longer, more intricate, and more customized. Blushers and veils coming over the face have also gained immense popularity.
Other Options
Beyond the veil, brides are opting for other ways to dress up their wedding day style. Many creative options are being chosen in lieu of a veil. Again harkening back to the adoration of Downton Abbey, horsehair fascinators are currently very trendy. Juliet caps are another unusual, romantic, vintage- chic way to wear a headpiece.
Headbands are also very popular right now. Many brides who start shopping with another look in mind may find themselves leaning toward a headband. Designers these days are working doggedly to create com- fortable, beautiful headbands for brides. The look of a headband is especially gorgeous because it can been seen well from all angles.
Some brides are creating a more bold appearance with additional hairpieces as well as a veil. Options like hair vines, which can be placed in many ways different ways in the hair, are an attractive veil alternative for many modern brides. They can be worn as a halo, headband, around an updo, or weaved into the bride’s hairstyle. Their ver- satility make them a desirable option for brides and hairstylists alike.
In addition, anything vintage is going to bring that unique flair that many brides are looking for on their wedding day. Whether it’s a family heirloom, something you find on Etsy, or something you pick up from a local flea market, choosing a vintage piece will definitely ensure your style stands out when you’re walking down the aisle.
Whatever option you choose to top off your look, remember that your veil choice should not be an afterthought – it should be the perfect finishing touch to make you look your best on your big day. After all, the veil is one of the key elements that make a woman truly feel like a “bride.” It will play a crucial role in tying your wedding day look to the overall feel of your wedding day. §
What are some other things you should know before you start your search for the perfect veil? Look around to see what other brides have worn with similar styles of gowns. Check out Pinterest, search the online bridal blogs, and flip through maga- zines for ideas. It’s also important to keep your hairstyle in mind as you shop, because certain hairstyles will work better with certain veils.
There are several things to look at in order to create a cohesive, pulled-together look. For example, a bride with a lace gown may want to add small bits of lace into her hair for an elegant way to pull her look together. Likewise, the finishing touch for a gown with fabric flowers may be a classic fabric flower in the bride’s hair.
An intricate lace edge veil with a lace gown can be absolutely lovely. A simpler gown can be paired with a show stopping style of veil, or a family heirloom. A cathedral veil with beaded or rhinestone edging will
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