When you are planning on your wedding day look, one of the things that you have to decide is your hairstyle. Brides who wear veils need to make sure that their hairdo will work with their veil, or that their veil will work with their chosen hairstyle. Here are some tips on how to wear your hair with a bridal veil.
Your veil can be worn in a few places on your head, and this will help to determine which hairstyles will work the best for you. If you already have your heart set on a specific hairdo, then you will want to work in reverse, and choose the veil that will sit properly with your hair. The veil and headpiece are often separate from one another, so that is one more element that you will want to factor in to your ultimate decision.
The most traditional way to wear a bridal veil is right on the top of your head, about one handwidth back from your hairline. This will give you a soft pouf of veil around your face, and is also the place to set a veil if you want it to fall forward over your shoulders a little bit. Brides who are wearing blusher veils will find that this traditional placement also works the best for them. You really cannot push a veil with a blusher back too far, or it just looks weird.
When you are wearing the veil on the top of your head, you will have the maximum number of choices for a hairstyle. For formal weddings, a classic updo, fairly high on the back of your head works beautifully. The comb of the veil can then nestle into the base of the hairdo, for a tight non-slip fit. This traditional look is very nice with a special piece of crystal bridal jewelry, such as a sparkly tiara positioned directly in front of the veil.
A veil worn on the top of the head also works nicely with your hair worn down softly around the shoulders. You can have your hairstylist do a little back combing on the crown of your head to help the veil to anchor securely. With your hair down, it is important not to push the veil back too far, or it will simply slide out of your hair as you walk down the aisle. For an unstructured hairstyle, headbands and wreaths will be the best headpieces.
If you do not want the veil to pouf at the top, the answer is to move it back on your head (and to make certain to order a veil that is not too full). A very sweet and pretty look is to wear your hair in a half up and half down style, and to place the veil towards the back of the crown of your head. For your hair bridal jewelry, a delicate crystal and pearl comb can be tucked into the spot where the hair is pulled together.
Some brides want a veil, but prefer to keep it entirely in the back of their head. In that case, the hairstyle that will work is an updo situated either high on the head, or in the middle of the back of your head. You can go for a more elaborate high updo, or opt for a simple sleek ballerina bun closer to the nape of your neck. The veil can be put in under the knot of hair, which makes it easy to remove for the reception, if you like. A scattering of pretty hairpins or a jeweled comb on top of the hairdo is the perfect finishing touch.
Whichever style sounds like you, be sure to have a trial run with your hairstylist. Bring your headpiece, but leave your veil at home, if at all possible so that it does not get damaged. With a little practice, you will be sure to find a hairstyle that you absolutely love.