In the last post we explored the challenge of picking the head piece or veil that best suits the bride’s features. Today I’d like to continue with another important consideration; finding a head piece that best suits the bride’s frock. I love the sleek, elegant gowns that are so in vogue. They are often strapless or a simple tank style bodice. In terms of accessorizing, these gowns are easy to get along with. Almost anything from a simple Half Circle Veil to a more elaborate headpiece works well. Mademoiselle Colette in Ivory or the Sequins veil adds texture and movement without sacrificing the contemporary mood.
Many brides adopt the charming tradition of wearing their mother’s gown.Stepping back a generation puts us in the era of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s royal wedding and the elaborate frocks that were in fashion. These extravagant creations can be up dated with a more simple veil such as a Flyaway Veil or Soutache Edged Single Layer Veil rather than one of the complicated head pieces of the time.
Many second time or older brides who choose an elegant suit or street length dress instead of the traditional gown have any number of options. A veiled head piece, Sophia’s Veil for instance looks extremely well with these ensembles. A fascinator with a touch of veiling is particularly becoming to the more mature bride. Ladies over 40, the veil is your friend! A smart hat such as Summer Wedding or Churchhill Mist is a very chic yet romantic finish to a non traditional dress.
Whether the bride’s vision of her wedding ensemble is a contemporary gown or suit or a romantic wedding dress of her mother’s era, the trick is to choose a head piece that complements but doesn’t upstage the frock; just as the gown should never upstage the bride. In the next post we’ll consider how the location of the wedding affects choice of a hat or veil.