Wedding Planning Tips...
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Wedding Planning Tips...
If you are thinking about wearing a veil for your big day, check out what the lovely Michelle from Kinn Oirr thinks are the most important things to consider
When is the right time to choose your veil?
Well usually brides choose their dress about 9 months before their wedding to ensure that it arrives on time, but this may not be the time you choose your veil because there are a few things to consider first. Choosing a dress is an exciting time and you may rush into accessories and later regret it. Focus on the dress first and then the accessories which will pull together your whole look. Choose your veil separately so you can give your attention to that. Ask for advice when choosing your veil. I am happy to assist brides with that
Should you wear a veil at all ?
Lots of brides think they don't want a veil as they believe there is only one type of veil or they will look too much like a meringue! Rest assured there is a veil for every dress and for every personality. I think it is the only day in your life that you get to wear a veil and as Randy Fenoli says from Say Yes to the Dress "without a veil, you're just a pretty girl in a white dress". A lot of brides think they don't want a veil until closer to their wedding date then change their mind.
What type of veil is best for you ?
A single layer veil is the most simple type of veil gathered at the comb in either 150cm or 300cm width. This veil has no blusher or layer over the face. It works perfectly with a flower crown as it can be worn either under or over the crown and for brides who want to show off their up-style it can be worn underneath the bun so you can have the best of both worlds. You can even opt for veiling loops instead of a comb which can be pinned. Alternatively you can wear a drop veil like Meghan Markle wore which has no gather at the comb and appears to float on the head. This style of veil has become hugely popular in the last two years and this trend is set to continue. Essentially it looks like a wide circle of tulle and if you have a particularly detailed dress it allows the dress to be seen as their is no gather so the tulle is very transparent. The blusher (72cm) can be worn over the face or folded back.
If you are wearing a vintage style dress, a sheath dress or a 1920s style, I recommend a juliet cap veil. Kate Moss wore one to her wedding and 2020 is set to be the year of the juliet cap veil with lace and embellishments to draw attention to the face. These look beautiful with a boho-style look and are sure to be a treasured heirloom. A shorter veil or birdcage veil looks best with a short dress especially with a 1950s vibe. It adds drama and brings the look together perfectly
What length should your veil be ?
The general rule is your veil should either be shorter than the train of your dress or longer - never the same length. I have a veil buying guide on my website with an illustration of the different lengths.
Should you have your veil specially made?
Some brides can find exactly what they want and would like to have some of the lace from the alterations or a piece of their grandmothers lace used in their veil. In that case a bespoke veil is best, so that you can choose the style and have a custom-made veil created especially for you. Contact me for more details.
What colour veil should you choose?
The most common veils are off-white and ivory, but of course the veil doesn't need to be the same colour as the dress. it just needs to compliment it. Blush veils continue to be a popular choice for a soft touch of colour and dip-dyed ombré too or veils scattered with petals.
Silk or Synthetic?
If you feel that you want a silk veil, it can be impossible to get it out of your mind. It is of course more expensive than tulle but it will photograph so beautifully and feel so light and luxurious, you will not regret it. Another option is Soft English tulle made on the traditional bobinette machines. It has a hexagon weave and is mix of cotton and synthetic fibres. Contact me for a swatch sample if you are unsure or want to see and touch it.
Upcoming trends to watch out for?
Statement veils will be the trend for 2020. Champagne, champagne blush, flower veils, ornate veils, embellished veils and pearl-sewn veils were all seen during Bridal New York Fashion Week.