One simple accessory, but so many variations that a bride may feel unsure what kind of a veil should she go for. Seeing that this is an iconic bridal piece, it is important to choose the perfect one.

First, you should decide on the length of the veil

Test out a variety of options when you go for your first dress fitting to see what length works best with your gown. It is possible that the designer has already tailored a veil for the dress, but it may not match your personality or expectations. There is always the classic route of tradition, where longer veils are the standard of elegance like ballet, chapel or cathedral styles. These types of veils flatter most women, thus you cannot go wrong if you pick one of them.

However, if you want to add a little oomph and wish to play more with the style of your veil you should consider shorter veils, like bandeaus, birdcages and blushers. This way you can add a retro edge or go into a more modern direction.

Make sure the color and the fabric match your dress

Unless you want to spice up your look with a vintage piece, it is important that the veil matches your dress perfectly. Tulle is generally an ideal choice, it is more budget-friendly and it will keep its shape perfectly. Not to mention it offers an airier look. For extra glamour, though, you can opt for lace, silk and satin, too. They will hang more straight but will look lavish and extravagant.

Go for a balanced look

As a general rule, if your wedding dress is heavily embellished, your veil should be clean and simple, with minimal extras.

The same is true vice-versa, you can get creative with your veil if you have a simpler gown. Feel free to play around with unexpected shapes, accents and textures. Chapel-length veils can look royal with lace trimming and floral embellishments. Similarly, a birdcage veil is smashing with pearl accents. For a modern and striking look, a glam sequined blusher can be a perfect choice.

Consider Your Hairstyle
This is something you need to envision in time. Some veils just don’t go with certain hairstyles or will simply hide an intricate hairdo. For example, halo veils, bridal caps and mantilla veils work best when hair is worn down or in low chignons, while blushers and birdcages are much more versatile and can be worn with most hairstyles. If you have a stylish hairdo and want to keep the focus on it, you may want to pin your veil below the bun. Your stylist will help you strike the right balance if you take the veil to the trial appointment.

Allow for Accessories
You can elevate your final appearance if you match your veil with a statement hairpiece. Halo veils for an example need a headband to hold them in place.

But if you have a blusher or a birdcage style you can opt for unique accents. Finally, classic styles, like elbow, cathedral, chapel or fingertip length, look best with a royal topper or a beaded or crystal headband.