11 Wedding Veils Dos and Don’ts

Our March series of dos and don’ts is moving on, and this week we want to talk about your wedding veil. How you choose it. How you wear it. How NOT to wear it! A lot of modern brides are choosing to go veil-less, but we just can’t stop falling in love with this wispy, flowy bits of bridal tulle.

Face it: veils are never going to go entirely out of style. Are you embracing the veil? Then read on!

  • DO think about wearing a veil. Maybe you love the idea of wearing a bridal veil. Or you think wearing a veil would be awful. In either case, consider the alternative before rushing out and buying one (or not). You may find your perfect gown doesn’t call for a veil – or that you unexpectedly feel gorgeous in one!
  • DON’T assume that you can’t wear a wedding veil for a second wedding. It’s up to you, not random etiquette “experts,” to decide what’s right for you.
  • DO try on less traditional veil options, like birdcage veils, the mantilla, or veils that cascade down from a hairpiece versus classical two-piece bridal veils that cover the face.
  • DON’T choose a veil that will compete with your wedding dress for attention. Make sure that any ornamentation on your veil hits your silhouette either above or below where the embellishments on your dress ends.
  • DO opt for crystals over rhinestones. The latter can end up looking like black specs in photographs, whereas crystal embellishments catch the light beautifully.
  • DON’T wear your veil for your entire wedding unless it’s small and comfortable. A long, formal veil worn beyond the first dance may just end up giving you a wicked headache before the cake is even cut.
  • DO make sure your blusher is long enough to flip back over your head for that all-important kiss.
  • DON’T forget to check yourself out from the back – or have a friend take snapshots from all angles. Your guests will spend a lot of time staring at your back so your veil should look amazing from all angles.
  • DO choose a veil that will be easy to remove after the ceremony. The easiest way to handle putting on and taking off a veil is to use a hook and loop closure to attach the veil to your headpiece.
  • DON’T wear a veil with a ribbon edge if you’re worried about looking short. It will cut a horizontal line right across your body and that’s a recipe for the incredible shrinking bride.
  • DO give yourself room to move. Long, classical veils are amazing in pictures but can easily trip a bride up as she walks down the aisle.

P.S. – We are running a sweet promo this month for 20% off all veils, so if you’re going for the traditional bridal look check out our selection!