Heavenly Headpieces: How to choose your wedding veil from mantilla to modern styles

Heavenly Headpieces:
How to choose your wedding veil from mantilla to modern styles
by Carmen Ordonez

After your wedding dress, the next most important decision is finding the perfect veil to compliment it. These days, the choices in veils are limitless, from traditional styles such as a Mantilla to a modern Russian Tulle Blusher style. Here are some quick tips when picking a veil for your big day.

Make Sure the Veil Compliments Your Dress. As a rule-of-thumb, if your dress is heavily embellished, look for a less elaborate veil. However, if your dress is simple, you can go all out with veil decorations such as pearls, rhinestones and embroidery. The embellishments on your veil don’t have to match exactly the ones on your dress, just make sure it stays in the same family.

Traditional vs. Modern. Deciding to go for a traditional or modern headpiece really depends on your style and what look you’re going for. If you’re going for a romantic, old-world look, I personally love mantillas ala Kate Middleton.

This one from David’s Bridal is one of my favorites.

For a modern, retro look, go for a blusher style like this one.

Long vs. Short. Deciding to go with a long or short veil is another important thing to consider. Keep in mind where your wedding will be taking place. If you’re having a beach wedding, a floor-length veil probably won’t be the best option. If you’re having a church wedding, a Cathedral-length veil (which usually measures 120 inches) is a great option to make a statement.
This Cathedral-length veil is simply stunning.

What Hairstyle Will You Wear? Don’t forget to take your veil to your hair trial appointments to make sure it works well! Knowing what hairstyle you will wear will also be helpful in picking out bridal hair accessories for the reception.

This rhinestone headband adds the perfect amount of sparkle. Plus, it will keep your hair out of your face as you dance the night away at your reception.

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