Hair Accessories Part One
I'll be covering all types of hair accessories for your big day, but today, it's all about the veil...
Many brides choose to wear a wedding veil for at least some portion of the day, whether that's during your pre-nuptial portrait session, throughout the ceremony, or even until the end of the reception is entirely up to you. After all, if you love your veil, you should wear it for as long as you want.
Veils are no doubt the most classic option among wedding hair accessories. Length is a big decision for many brides when choosing their veil, and the decision should ultimately reflect where you're getting married, the type of dress you're wearing, and how you are styling your hair. A floor-length cathedral veil is the most traditional and also the most dramatic type. Mid-length and shoulder-length veils will give you the most freedom when moving around, since you won't have to carry the veil with you. Blusher and birdcage veils, which only cover your face, are the shortest veil options and instantly create a retro vibe.
Once you've decided on veil length, the choices don't end there. You'll also need to consider the veil's embellishments, which can include everything from lace appliqués and beading to pearls, embroidery, and even ombré colour effects. If your veil is relatively simple, you can pair it with another wedding hair accessory, such as a comb or tiara.
Where to wear the veil
There are few opportunities in life to wear something as exquisite and elaborate as a wedding veil. While a veil may not be for every bride, I love how a veil can elevate your bridal look by framing your face, and elongating your silhouette.
Many brides ask, ‘do you wear the veil above or below the bun?’ Here are some top tips on deciding how to style your veil for your wedding day:
Low to Mid Updos
Planning a low to mid set updo? There are three places you can position the veil:
It’s a personal preference and will depend on a number of factors including the neckline of your dress, the volume in your hairstyle, and your height.
If the neckline on your dress is quite high or you will be wearing sleeves, consider wearing your veil higher on the head to balance out the heaviness of the fabric on your dress.
I also find that positioning the veil below the bun works well when styled with a low or open back. This creates a visual gap from behind which feels balanced and proportional.
If you’re thinking about wearing a wedding comb with your veil, consider the layered veil and headpiece look. Simply slide your veil comb between your updo and headpiece to create one seamless look. If you prefer something a little more relaxed, position some delicate hair pins to the side of your veil.
High Set Updos
I love high set updos. Think a ballet bun reimagined with ultra luxe vibes to something a little more conservative. A high set updo will add height and a focal point from behind to frame your shoulders and back.
If you’re thinking high ballet bun, position the veil:
If you choose to position your veil above the bun, keep in mind the overall silhouette and volume this will create. A headpiece can also be positioned below the bun.
Hair Down & Half Down Updos
Soft tousled tresses and beautiful waves evoke a romantic look in an instant. Pair loose curls with your wedding veil positioned at the crown to frame your jawline and lengthen your silhouette. This will ensure your hairstyle won’t get weighed down and will instead flow elegantly down your back.
For half-up hairstyles, secure your veil at the point in which your hair is pinned up. This will provide a strong foundation for your veil to stay in place, as well as a headpiece for the perfect finishing touch.
Considering a Blusher Layer?
A very important consideration is whether you intend to wear a one or two tier veil. A blusher layer to pull over your face isn’t for every bride and it will depend on cultural or religious requirements, as well as personal preference.
The position of your veil’s comb in your hair will impact the length of your blusher. If you decide to wear a two tier veil below the bun, keep in mind that your blusher layer will need to be long enough so that when it’s pulled up and over your face, there’s enough length to cover your face, shoulders and your upper torso.
Worried about how to keep your veil in place all day? I can help with that!
There are a few ways to ensure your veil stays in place for as long as you want it to.
Pinning the veil down with a few bobby pins in an X position will add extra security.
Hair elastics looped and secured in to the hair with bobby pins is also a great way to secure a veil. The bobby pins perpendicular to the teeth of the comb will create extra hold to ensure your veil stays put, so you can boogy all night on the dance floor.
Teasing the hair a little at the point where the veil in to be attached (style dependant) will help the comb on the veil have something to slide into. Also place your bobby pins in an X with the ridge side down. You can also use an extra tacky hairspray to spray your bobby pins to help them hold better.
The more structure your hairstyle has the easier it will hold in your hair all night. If you place the veil on top of your bun, there will be lots of support and places to pin in. Placing it under can also be done, but would require a few more pins to secure.
Would you like Styling Advice?
I love to work with my brides to bring together their bridal looks. Feel free to email me photos of your wedding dress and hairstyle. I’d love to get back to you with some veil ideas, and how best to style them!
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See you soon!
A delicate smattering of pearls is just enough to transform an illusion tulle veil into a work of art.
Lace veils will never, ever go out of style. Pair a lace-trimmed veil with a tulle wedding dress for a winning combination, or if you're wearing a lace gown, ask your bridal stylist if it has a matching veil.
Raw-edge veils are great for achieving a minimalist, modern look (and they tend to be the most budget-friendly!)
Try a scalloped edge veil with lace and beading for a twist on classic style
Don't be afraid to wear a colourful veil if classic styles aren't your thing. Veils with embroidered flowers and greenery are lovely alternatives, and custom colors are often an option.