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Matching your accessories to your dress is essential. Not just any headpiece will do. This bridal aspect can make or break your look.
Things to consider when choosing a tulle headpiece are.
- Birdcage veil: This style is designed to cover either just the forehead or the top part of your face and usually made of slightly stiffer tulle with a more open weave. This style can be attached to a bridal hair comb or headband. Great to wear with a shorter wedding dress to create a vintage 50s and 60s feel.
Blusher bridal veil: Usually, a shorter piece of single layer delicate tulle worn over the face. Or a fantastic alternative for the bride that isn’t planning on wearing over the face but would just like a single layer alternative worn at the back.
Elbow-length veils: The length is self-explanatory approximately elbow length. It can be a single or double layer of delicate English tulle, creating a retro vibe to your bridal look. These short styles are great with hair up hairstyle.
Fingertip wedding veils: By far, the most popular headdress length possibly because it is so versatile. Great for formal or informal weddings and most gown styles. This headpiece length is between your waist and fingertips and can be a double single or triple layer.
Ballet or waltz length: This veil length is an excellent alternative for the bride who wants an extended length without the fuss. It can be worn all night without concern as it doesn’t touch the ground. The usual size is between your knees and ankles. If you plan a garden or beach wedding, a ballet length will enable ease of movement while providing a feminine look. There are many trims than can be used on this length too. You might like to add a lace border for a lux look.
- Chapel veil: It has a slight drape on the floor between the size of a waltz and cathedral design and can have a wide choice of trims as well, or leave with no trim at all for the minimalist bride.
- Cathedral Length headpiece: Usually measures about 108 inches long, allowing it to drape over and past your gown train. Suits most wedding dress styles and photographs beautifully and needs to be attached to a sturdy bridal comb. Can be a simple cathedral styles without decoration right through to the lavish lace trim designs.
Royal veil: If you are a fan of any royal wedding, you will be familiar with this dramatic design. It is super long, with meters and meters of fabric. Suitable for a cathedral wedding and looks fantastic with a diamond tiara.
Mantilla: Features a wide lace border and can be any length. A single layer that sits flat on the top of your head is a very feminine veil that is a wise choice if you are a bride wanting to cover your arms.
Your gown’s color, a white veil, will look out of place with an ivory wedding dress. You wouldn’t think that such a delicate tulle would throw a shade, but it does. So remember the ivory dress, ivory head wear, white dress, white tulle, blush dress, blush veil. The exception to the rule is if your gown has a colored underlay, such as blush satin with ivory lace overlay. Then you would choose an ivory headpiece to match the lace color. Just as there are shades of black, there are also shades of ivory and white. For instance, if your gown is pure silk, a pale ivory veil would be a better match than a dark ivory tulle.
You can have a single layer of tulle, which is called a blusher. Great for the bride that is not wanting a full volume look.
Double layer or even triple, which is quite full.
There are many decorations you can have on your tulle, pearls, crystals, or lace. Or Nothing at all. Take into account the detail on your wedding gown. It should complement, not clash with your jewellery. If you are unsure, then the best choice is no decoration at all. Let the fineness of the tulle be the feature.
It depends on your hairstyle as to where you place your headpiece. If you are wearing a blusher over your face, a mid to forward placement would be ideal. You are allowing the tulle to sit nicely over the face. Plus, if you want to use your veil to cover your arms, the further forward, the better.
Wearing your headpiece at the back will allow your wedding veil styles to fall over your back. If wearing a gown with back detail, limit the fullness and layers, so your gown design is visible through the tulle.
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