We asked Jackie Trucco, owner of IVY Bridal Studio in Dublin, for tips on finding the perfect veil.
Gowns with embellishment-ribbons, sparkle, detailing, elaborate lace-look best with a simple, raw-edge or ribbon-framed veil, Trucco says. Length, Trucco adds, is a personal preference more than anything else. "Cathedral length is definitely thought of as the most traditional and ideal for church weddings, but I've seen girls rock the cathedral veil at outdoor ceremonies and look amazing," she says. "The fingertip length is our most popular, but my advice is to go with whatever feels right … don't feel like you have to abide by any rules." As for layers, many brides are opting for a single layer over a veil with a blusher, Trucco says. "But some brides have that vision of their father walking them down the aisle and lifting the blusher before he hands her to her groom," she notes. For brides confused by veil-shopping lingo, "gather" refers to the amount of tulle attached to the veil's comb. The more gather, Trucco says, the wider the veil will be at the bottom. If your gown has a great back, go for a veil with less gather, which will be sheerer. As for color, "wedding dresses come in a variety of colors now-and so do veils," Trucco says. "If your dress is ivory, make sure you order an ivory veil. If your dress is white, order a white veil. If you've chosen a blush or gold dress-believe it or not-you can find a veil to match that as well. But, in my opinion, soft ivory veils work best in those situations." Trucco's final piece of advice is to always say "yes" to the veil. "If you're on the fence, always choose a veil," she says. "I've never had a bride regret that decision."