To Veil Or Not To Veil?

Let's face it, how often does a girl get to wear a veil?

Hopefully just once, so you might want to consider this long-standing tradition even if it's just for the ceremony. It may be just the finishing touch that turns you from a gorgeous woman in a white dress into a blushing bride.

However, picking the right veil and (optional) headpiece can be as challenging as finding the right gown. It's always best to try the dress and veil on together to make sure they compliment each other flawlessly. Thankfully, many designers are creating veils specifically to coordinate with their gowns. As you're shopping, be sure to ask whether there's a veil that goes with your dress - this is one time where matchy-matchy is definitely a good thing.

Keep comfort in mind as well as style. A detachable veil is a great option if you're planning on taking your veil off before the reception. Be sure to decide if you want to remove your veil before the day of your wedding. The last thing you want is to get pinned, lacquered and sprayed into your veil for the ceremony and then be unable to remove it when it comes time to dance the night away. 

Do a little rehearsal with your veil at your hair trial. Consider bringing your mother or Maid of Honor with you so that your hair stylist can show you all how to remove the veil while leaving your locks in place. 

A chic alternative to the veil and headpiece is to festoon your up-do with fresh or silk flowers. We like soft and sweet hydrangeas, modern orchids and unexpected, architectural succulents.

Whether you're going with a chapel-length veil, a sparkly headpiece or fragrant blooms, be sure to schedule a hair trial a few weeks before your wedding. Work with your hairstylist to be sure your hair looks exactly as you've imagined, then take lots of pictures for reference on your wedding day.

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