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Choose a veil to complement your gown and face shape and to create a smashing silhouette. Look at the volume, length and structure of the veil over your dress to determine if you’re elongating your body or cutting it off at an awkward point. The bottom edge of a veil is a horizontal line, so you don’t want it to end at your widest body part, as it will only emphasise it.

The fabrics in the dress and the veil should be compatible. In general, a more structured dress needs a stiffer veil, while a fluid gown looks better with a softer veil with more of a drape. On the other hand, sometimes the contrast is what makes the look. A spare while silk gown paired with a hand-embroidered veil can be a knockout; a voluminous veil an dazzle over a slender column.

Tulle, the fabric most commonly associated with veils, creates a structured, full silhouette; it can be made of silk or nylon, silk being more expensive but also softer and finer. If you want a soft, fluid veil, consider lace or chiffon. Organza veils are somewhere in between: They have structure and body but aren’t as stiff as tulle.

Also try to use the veil to balance your face shape. A fuller veil will flatter a narrow face, while an angular face will be softened by a fluid veil. If you have a short forehead, choose a veil an headpiece that add height at the crown. But if you’re sensitive about being taller than the groom, go with a flat veil or one that attaches at the back of your head.

How to balance the train and veil? If your gown has a long train, you should either go with a short veil that doesn’t touch the floor or a veil that trails several inches beyond the train. You don’t want them reaching the same point on the floor, or you’ll wind up with a lot of material without definition.



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