By: Carter Ellis is a freelance writer specializing on the wedding niche.

Whether you’re buying your own wedding dress or merely helping a friend snag that perfect wedding dress, you need to keep in mind that some things must be kept in close consideration. For instance, you need to think about the length of the dress, its style and design, the fabric, and even the features you want on it. Moreover, you need to consider what type of veil would go well with your wedding dress. You need to choose these details well, careful not to be too elaborate or too plain. Why is that? Well, the last thing you want is for your wedding dress to be the focal point of the ceremony. It is your wedding, and as such, the focus of everyone in attendance should be on you and your groom. Of course, your wedding dress is an important element of your wedding day. It is something your guests should compliment and remember. Nevertheless, all eyes should be on the person donning the dress and not the other way around.

In the get-go, we said that even the wedding veil is one important feature of your wedding dress that needs painstaking consideration. Throughout history, there has been quite a few allusions as to the origin of wedding veils as well as what these represent. Some say the veil is to keep a bride’s face shrouded or obscured from her groom’s before all the legalities of a marriage ceremony is done and over with. Some linked the veil to traditions such as keeping the bride’s face away from prying, evil eyes. Whatever the veil symbolizes, one thing is sure. It is a crucial part of the wedding dress. Bridal gowns would be nothing without a veil, no matter how long or short it is. Hence, it’s only natural that you acquaint yourself with the dos and don’ts when choosing a wedding veil.

Wedding Veil Dos

  • If you are having an outdoor or daytime wedding, do wear a simple veil, preferably a single layer of tulle with a raw edge or a ribbon trim that is no more than an inch wide.
  • Do coordinate your wedding veil with your gown to highlight its unique features.
  • When the wedding is to be held in a church and you opt for a traditional ceremony, do wear a cathedral veil.
  • Do choose an antique lace to capture that romantic, vintage-y feel for your wedding.
  • Do opt for a simple hat with a small net covering if you are having a City Hall wedding or if you decide on a suit or cocktail dress for your ensemble.
  • Do wear the veil around the middle of your hair. This is the more modern take to veil wearing while making sure that you stick to the norm.

Wedding Veil Don’ts

  • Don’t make the mistake of wearing an embroidered veil or one that’s made of heavy lace if the wedding is to be held outdoors.
  • Don’t make yourself uncomfortable by wearing the veil even throughout the reception and after-party. It’s acceptable to remove it during the reception or at least until after you and your groom have danced your first dance as a married couple.
  • Don’t choose a veil that would totally clash with your dress. If your dress is detailed, choose a veil that’s simple, yet elegant. Never go overboard with trims, embellishments, or embroideries.

 Wedding Veil

These are just some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding veil to complement your wedding dress.