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Bride's Guide to Veils and Veil Alternatives Thursday, February 10, 2011

Now that you have your dream wedding dress, it's time to focus on all of the other little details that will put the icing on the wedding cake. When shopping for your bridal accessories, keep in mind that you want to select pieces that will complement your dress, not compete with it. A good rule of thumb is to have one big or flashy accessory, such as dangly earrings or a chunky necklace, and keep the rest of your jewelry more conservative. The only exclusion to this rule are your shoes. Those can be as bold as you'd like! Lastly, be careful should you decide to wear a cocktail ring on your wedding day. You don't want to wear anything that looks too similar or could outshine your actual wedding rings.

One accessory that no bride can do without? The headpiece. Most often, brides opt for the traditional wedding veil, although veil alternatives like stylish hair flowers are becoming increasingly popular. When making your decision on what sort of headpiece to wear on your wedding day, it's important to consider not only the dress you're wearing, but the venue and overall look that you're going for. For instance, I opted for a hair flower instead of a traditional veil not only because I loved how it looked, but because I didn't think that a veil would be practical when worn on the windy beach.

A Bride's Ultimate Wedding Day Accessory: The Veil

The veil is the most popular and traditional accessory for brides - many women say that they don't really feel like a bride until they put one on! There is a variety of veils to choose from, ranging in styles, shapes and lengths including:

Different types of veils, styles, lengths of veils for bride
Veils by Sara Gabriel.

1. Cage veils have a vintage look and are designed to frame the face.

2. Cascade style veils are typically one layer of fabric cut so that it's shorter in the front near your shoulders, and grows longer toward
the center of your back.

3. Drop veils are the sheerest of veil options, as it is usually draped over the face before the wedding ceremony, and lifted by your
new husband during.

4. Mantilla style veils are cut so that the fabric gently curves around the shoulders in the front of the bride's torso.

5. Standard or classic cut veils usually consist of multiple layers and may be tailored in length and fullness.

6. Bubble veils look just how they sound, with more volume toward the top so that the veil gently curves inward at the bottom.

7. Garden veils are shorter in length, but not quite short enough to be considered a cage veil.

7. Half circle veils are just a little bit sassy, in my opinion! Typically shorter in length, dropping just below the shoulders, and cut
so that it frames both sides of the bride's face.

Stylish Veil Alternatives

A veil is never required though, and many brides are opting for other pretty headpieces and accessories such as jeweled combs, headbands, feathered hair pins, flowers and even little bridal hats! Just say "no" to the tacky, in my opinion!

Here are some gorgeous alternatives to the traditional veil by the talented Sara Gabriel.

Veil alternatives, hair flowers, pins, bridal hats and headbands

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