The Expert Tells All: 5 Things To Know Before Going Veil Shopping

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April 5, 2012

Your wedding is coming up–you’ve got the dress locked down, the caterer, the flowers…now comes the time to add all of the cherries on top. Like your wedding veil or headpiece. I showed up to my first veil appointment completely unprepared, and not only was it a tad embarrassing (what’s cathedral-length again?), but it was sort of a waste of time, too.

We spoke to Alexandra Augustine from Brides Head Revisited, a NYC veil shop we love, who divulged her expert tips…here are the 5 things to know before going veil shopping, so you leave the appointment with one more “To Do” crossed off of your list.

1. Don’t Procrastinate

Consider that you may want your veil for a fitting or hair trial, so don’t leave your veil shopping untill the last minute. Leave enough time so that the veil will be ready in time, especially if its a custom designed veil.

2. Get A Sample

If you don’t physically have your dress in hand yet, bring a picture of it, and, if possible, a swatch of your dress. Most bridal stores will give you a swatch of your gown color so you can compare it with the veils you’re looking at.

3. Find Out What A Blusher Is

Think: To wear a blusher or not to wear a blusher? (The blusher is the shorter layer on the veil that covers the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle.) Unless it’s required by your ceremony location, it’s up to the bride whether she wants to wear one.

4. Keep It Simple, Sister

Consider the style of your gown and the style of your ceremony when looking at veils. If you have an elaborate gown, you may want to keep the veil simple or if your veil is very simple you might want to have a beaded veil or lace veil. The veil can enhance your gown and take the your style a bit further. Also, think about the style and location of your ceremony, if it’s outside, you may not want to drag a cathedral length veil through a sandy beach.

5. Get An After-Party Accessory

Most brides take the veil off after the ceremony, think about whether you’d like to wear an accessory in your hair once your veil comes off. A silk flower or crystal comb tucked into an updo is a nice way to transition from ceremony to reception. You can wear the comb with your veil or switch them after the ceremony. Also, consider what your hairstyle will be, that will sometimes dictate what kind of accessory you can wear.

Got any more tips to share? Leave ’em in the comments!

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