Find the right length
To find the perfect match for your wedding style, start by considering length. Test out a variety of options when you go for your first dress fitting to see what length works best with your gown. That means finding a style that complements your overall silhouette—you don’t want your veil to break up the flow of your look. If you can’t find one that you love, you can always go the custom route. Many companies will create a veil to your specifications, from the length to the color and the kind of embellishments.
Strike the right balance
As a general rule, if your wedding dress is heavily embellished, your veil should be clean and simple, with minimal (if any) extras. And vice versa: A simple, streamlined gown allows you to be a bit more adventurous. Try to create a balance as well when it comes to the type of embellishments—while they don’t have to match the ones on your dress exactly, they should complement them in color, size and style.
Envision your hairstyle
Before you decide on a veil, consider how you plan on wearing your hair on your wedding day—the style you choose may affect your final veil decision. If you’re wearing your hair up, you can wear the veil above or below a bun or chignon. Pinning it above gives it more volume and achieves a more classic look, while placing it below feels more modern and keeps the focus on your stylish updo.
Allow for accessories
It’s not just your hairstyle that can affect the type of veil you choose but hair accessories too. Mantillas are traditionally worn with an ornate comb; halo veils need a wreath, headband or cap to hold them in place; and blushers and birdcage styles go great with unique accents, like a feather clip or a floral barrette. You can use your accessories to hold your veil in place or keep the two separate and attach the veil to your hairstyle with a clear comb, which won’t be visible.