The veil is one accessory to any wedding dress that often gets overlooked, and those who opt out of having one often wish they hadn’t. Some brides aren’t sure if a veil is necessary, but the wide range of styles and details that are available make them a perfect final detail for any wedding ensemble. One of the deciding factors in choosing to wear a veil or not is the hairstyle – some brides want to show off the style without covering it up.

The veil is traditional, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose a long, flowing style that covers your hair and makeup. Chic, small veils, known as birdcage veils, provide that perfect touch to a contemporary or vintage dress. Longer, more traditional veils create that final touch that every bride should have.

Veils don’t have to cover the hair or face, either. They can be attached to the updo, such as under a chignon or in the back of the hair so it covers the shoulders without going over the face. These styles are the perfect compromise between having the traditional veil and showing off the hair and makeup in a modern fashion. The veil style and shapes can even compliment your facial shape. Here are some perfect fitting tips to consider when shopping for a veil:

  • Heart shaped – Look for a veil that serves as a back piece to balance out facial proportions.
  • Rectangular – A voluminous veil looks dramatic and helps the face look symmetrical.
  • Round Longer veils complement this facial shape, especially with hair that is down or face framing.
  • Oval – Any veil suits this facial shape wonderfully, look for a style that complements the neckline of the gown.

If you haven’t given much thought to adding a veil to your look, try on a variety of styles to see how it adds that perfect finishing touch to your wedding dress and hair.

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