How to pick the perfect bridal veil for your wedding day

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Our wedding hair expert's pick of the best veils out there (and how to wear them!)

Bridal wedding veil
Chances are you will never have plonked a wedding veil on your head before you got engaged (oh you have? Awkward...), and as a result they can be a strange item to try and pick for your big day.

We roped in our wedding hair expert Emily Kent from the Wedding Hair Company, to give us her advice on the different types of veils and which hair style they suit...

'I have looked far and wide for veils over the years, helping some of my lovely clients find that finishing flourish to their bridal look. However veils can often prove to be quite a sticking point (especially with mother of the bride).

At first, people often fear looking too 'bridal' - but once you're in the moment and remember this is a one day extravaganza for which you are main event (ok sorry grooms, 50% of the main event), they can be the perfect finish to your wedding look.

If you are really taking some convincing, then it's probably not for you, however, if you are on the hunt for the perfect veil at the moment, I urge you to look further afield as the best veils often require delving a little deeper into the supplier depths.

Here are some of the best picks out there (and don't worry, they do all ship to the UK - hurrah!)

Bridal wedding veil

The Nearly Veil
If you just aren't completely sold on the whole veil thing, this might be the happy medium you have been looking for.

This stunning head piece is from the delightfully named Doloris Petunia. The design features a Swarovski head band, and then a detachable Tulle wrap to sit underneath the band which can then be removed. As everything is made to order, you can choose the length of the drop in fabric at the back and even the tones of the crystals.

How to wear: Have the hair up, something with volume at the crown and low in the nape so the band sits snuggly underneath.

Tulle Veil Head Wrap with Detachable Crystal Headband, $550 USD (approx. £355) with shipping of up to $20,

Bridal wedding veil

The Girly Veil
Anna Campbell is an Australian bridal designer who stocks a very limited range in the UK, but some of her pieces are incredible.

This veil is so pretty, personally I would be tempted just to wear it for a little pick me up mid week. The detail is delicate and the fine tulle fabric used is not too dis-similar to that worn by the Duchess of Cambridge for the Royal Wedding.

The lace around the bottom edges is all hand stitched, taking on average five hours, and covers both sides of the front veil edge, so no matter how it is worn, it can be seen. It epitomises femininity and class.

How to wear: To gain the right amount of 'drop' at the front, the comb fastening should be worn a little closer to the crown. Perhaps a soft bun in the middle of the head at the back or hair worn down with a loose wave would also suit this veil beautifully, as long as there was a tiny bit of structure and height to balance in out.

Double Tier Rebecca Chantilly Lace Veil, $499 AUD (approx. £332) with shipping of up to $50,

birdcage wedding bridal veil

The Little Veil
Short veils are always tricky, without the weight of lengthy fabric they can often not hang quite right.

This option is on the longer of the short side. Twigs & Honey are a cute company and all their pieces feel dainty and pretty. This design has the illusion of tulle features, tiny little silk, chiffon and organza petals and sequins, whilst hanging to a really attractive length.

Short or birdcage veils can often only look good with vintage dresses and tea-length style skirts that kick out, but this suits full length gowns too. It is simple yet playful.

How to wear: It's quite important that if hair is worn down, it doesn't fall any lower than the drop length of the veil as this would ruin the line it creates.

This would suit short haired brides, or maybe a soft bob with waves. If hair is long you can make a faux bob which is really on trend. If hair is long and going to be worn up, it would suit being placed right up on top of the head so the comb of the veil sits in-front.'

Petals Soft Blusher Veil, $145 USD (approx. £94) with shipping starting at $20,

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