Wedding Dress Styling - To Veil or not to Veil

Today I want to look at a decision every bride has to make on her wedding dress journey. Should I wear a veil?

Its actually a bigger question than you might think, leading to further questions such as - Do you want it to cover your dress? Does it have to go over your face? (no, the face covering element is called a blusher, make a note to tell your bridal consultant if you would rather have a veil without one) When should you take it off?

In the past I have been quite anti-veil, back when I designed wedding dresses I thought veils only covered the beautiful dress details I had spent hours creating, so would naturally vote for no veil. However recently since working as a stylist, helping to curate the whole outfit rather than just the dress, I have seen veils in a new light, and have found that the right veil can actually make an outfit.

Below are some inspirational images from my styling work, where veils have been essential to the overall look, something which I didn't think I would say 5 years ago!

 For a glamorous yet light-weight option, try a 100% silk tulle veil, designed for you by Ann Guise Silk Veils

For a glamorous yet light-weight option, try a 100% silk tulle veil, designed for you by Ann Guise Silk Veils

 This statement piece with ostrich feather trim is a stunner, by couture millinery designer Vivien Sheriff

This statement piece with ostrich feather trim is a stunner, by couture millinery designer Vivien Sheriff

If you're looking at these and thinking, no a veil just isn't for me, and indeed some dresses just don't warrant a veil, there are lots of other options out there which can accessorize your wedding dress just as well, if not better than a veil.

 A different take on a fascinator, Vivien Sheriff create beautiful unique bridal pieces

A different take on a fascinator, Vivien Sheriff create beautiful unique bridal pieces

 Flowers headpieces are all the rage at the moment. Try something a little different with an asymmetrical piece like this on by Josy Posy

Flowers headpieces are all the rage at the moment. Try something a little different with an asymmetrical piece like this on by Josy Posy

 Circlet anyone? A beautiful alternative to a tiara, and who said you can't wear your bouquet?

Circlet anyone? A beautiful alternative to a tiara, and who said you can't wear your bouquet?

 A Cape is a wonderfully romantic option, perfect for an autumn or winter wedding.

A Cape is a wonderfully romantic option, perfect for an autumn or winter wedding.

Do you have a veil dilemma? Leave me a message and I will try to help!

 

Images courtesy of Sanshine Photography & Jeanette Lendon