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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Veil
Traditionally, veils are worn by women to protect them from evil spirits. Nowadays, veils are considered as a form of adornment or an accessory part of an overall look. Choosing a veil defines aspects of your appearance that should be considered to match your bridal gown, the shape of your face, your hairstyle, your location and your body shape. Brides now have the leisure of choosing a design she most likely desires.
Veil & Dress Compatibility:
In selecting the perfect veil, there are considerations that should be put into mind. Assessing the focal points in the dress is the first step to be considered. If the dress has a back detail or an embellished bust panel you want to show, selecting a veil that ends before the point of detail in your dress should be one of your idea, another is to use a sheer style that is long enough to see through the details.
The design or decorations around your dress is another thing to consider in selecting your veil. Formal weddings are likely to accommodate an elaborate dress and an elaborate veil like the royal weddings. But if you have a simple dress with simple designs, you can have a more elaborate veil to compliment your look and if you have a more elaborate dress, choosing a simple veil can be flattering to your overall look.
There are several styles a wedding gown can fall under that veils should work with. First is the sophisticated style which is discreet attire free from all the fussy details making the look creative and diverse creating a touch of astonishment. Second is the classic style usually known as the formal style very balanced and detailed in a way. Last is the romantic style incorporated with an extreme attention to detail possessing elements of softness.
These factors should always be considered in choosing a veil, the length, the color, the width, decoration and tier to create the perfect wedding look.
There are different types of veil, length of veil and veil edge points that can match a dress perfectly.
Blusher Veils- There are different styles that can be paired with a sophisticated style of wedding gowns. Blusher veil is something one should consider if the bridal gown has a high neck detail. This type of veil looks a lot like what the fascinators use in events like horse racing.
Elbow Length- Falls around the elbow with an approximate length of 25 inches. Romantic ball gown type of dresses works well with this length because the veil ends where the skirt’s fullness begin.
Fingertip Length- Approximately 36 inches long suiting different styles of majority of the dresses. It is known to be one of the most popular lengths. It reaches the fingertips when the arms are stretched out.
Waltz Length- The length is at a 54 inch falling between the person/bride’s ankle and calves.
Chapel Length- Typically around 90 inch of length, paired best with gowns featuring a train. The veil usually drapes into the floor and is slightly shorter than the cathedral length.
Cathedral Length- A very formal type of veil around 120 inch long that can be extended to nine feet and is the longest type of veil that works best with a classic wedding gowns having a full length.
Edges Style Guide
|Cut Edge||Pencil Edge||Ribbon Edge|
|Beaded Edge||Scalloped Edge||Lace Applique Edge|
Cut Edge - This edge allows the wedding gown to show through, having a disappearing effect and creating a simple veil. Once the veil is cut, it is left alone to create the effects.
Pencil Edge - Most wedding gowns work well with this type of edge. The tightly covered edge has a fine narrow finish that creates a simple bridal veil.
Ribbon Edge - Veil with a sewn satin ribbon on the edge creating an absolutely stunning style. It is available in any color of dress.
Beaded Edge - this type of veil can have faux pearls, crystals, combinations of both and other beads. In creating this style, the beads are sewn manually along the edges back to back. Perfect for outdoor or weddings on the beach because the beads add weight very helpful during a windy day. This type of veils is definitely fabulous.
Scalloped Edge - A design that goes well with wedding gowns having a scalloped lace showing the beautiful flowing curves highlighted at the edge of the veil. This veil has a flat curved edge that comes with a pencil edge design. It should be noted that other trims or edges will not work with this.
Lace Applique Edge- This veil usually has a satin stitch around the edge. The decoration from a fabric is stitched into another.
Veils should suit or blend in with a wedding gown. There are a lot of shades and varieties to choose from. We offer unique colors you can match to go with your gown. Different shades of veils include ivory and white shades, majestic and silver shades where you can choose to have a shimmer finish or a regular finish. A veil having a regular finish shows a more traditional appearance whereas, veils with a shimmer finish gives out a discrete kind of shine that can be very stunning under the right kind of light.
There are choices between a one tier veil, a two tier veil and a three tier veil and choosing a type would most likely depend on the style of the dress. A sophisticated look suits a one tier veil; a romantic dress look creates more benefits using a two tier veil or a three tier veil and a classic dress require two tiers at least. Simple hairstyles go well with multiple tiers because a hairstyle will be most likely covered under the tiers.
The blusher is a typical type of tiers and a part of a veil used in covering the face of a bride at the start of the ceremony. Choosing whether or not the face of the bride will be covered mostly depends mostly on the bride as she has the freedom to decide not like the past where brides use what they are told to. Most brides choose the idea of covering their face because the part where the husband lifts the veil for the first kiss is said to be romantic.
Wearing a blusher should go with selecting a veil allowing the bride to flip the blusher away from her face or at the back of the head before the ceremony of the first kiss. Selecting a veil that has a shoulder length is best because a common blusher has a measure of 30 inches and having a veil short in the back could look very odd. Blushers should be kept in a 30 inch length to avoid getting it tangled up with the flowers. The finishing touch of a veil can be done in many ways, if the dress has a simple look, choosing a decorative edge would be more appropriate. Thicker ribbon edge can look very good with a structured dress while a simple cut edge can work really well with a romantic type of dress.
There are different aspects to be considered in selecting the perfect veil to match a wedding gown. These aspects fall into different categories with different descriptions that should be knowledgeable to women planning a wedding.
An aspect to consider in choosing a veil would be the shape of the face because a veil’s tends to frame the face.
Consider the following advice for your face shape:
|Square Face||Rectangle Face||Round Face||Oval Face|
Round Face- A veil reaching a shoulder length to have volume on top of the head should be the choice in selecting a veil because women having a round face virtually look wide and long so this type of veil will make the face look longer and slimmer. Never choose a veil with too much detail on the side of the face.
Square Face- choosing a veil that can soften a face and add length will go well with a face typically looking wide and angular. The veil should reach the shoulder length to give volume on the top of the head. Softening the angular jaw line of the face can be done with the help of a circular or cascading style.
Oval Face- A shape well balanced described to be slightly longer similar to a shape of an egg. Because this shape is balanced, experimenting on different kinds of veils is advised as long as veils with extreme volume and width would be avoided to maintain the face proportions.
Rectangle Face- veils with styles and width around the face and no height on top of the head is the best choice for this type of shape because a rectangle shape face looks longer than wide appearing to be narrow and angular.
Body shape is another aspect in choosing a veil; a person’s body shape can be corrected with the right type of veil. A long veil extending to the fingertip or below the fingertip will benefit women who have a large bust or a large stomach elongating the upper body.
Pear shaped women - veils that end in the shoulder length or elbow length is most fitting for this type of body. The length of the veil draws attention to the smaller points of the body rather than the width of the hips.
Full figured women- narrow veils with one tier is the ideal veil for this type of body because it does not add extra volume to your body
Tall women- longer veils are perfect for tall women
Shorter women - a waist height or a veil with a length above the waist matches perfectly for short women.
A woman’s hairstyle is the basis of determining the head piece and the sort of veil to be used. Having a heavy head piece, a multiple tier veil and a long veil need to be supported by a hairstyle like a bun while moderate length and weight of a veil works well with a hairstyle half up or half down. Wearing a hair down is better to stick with a light or shorter weight of designs.
Several types of hairstyles can look good with the veil attached in the front of the head and others look good with the veil attached further down the back of the head. So considering the placement position of the head is also important. Women with shot hair need the veil to be attached towards the front of the head and women with longer hair can show of the hairstyle up-do putting the veil further down the back of the head. Veils having a wide set of proportion should be worn towards the front of the head and veils that do not have that type of width should be worn at the back of the head.
Buying the veil in advance is a good idea so the veil can be tried on different kind of hairstyles. The veil can be placed together with a comb or bobby pins using a crown, a flower, a bowknot, a headband or a tiara.
Selecting a Veil according to Location
A location of the wedding is also one thing to consider in selecting the perfect veil. The veil should be very appropriate for the wedding location. A formal wedding in a large church can be a show stopper using a cathedral style veil. This on the other hand can turn out to be a disaster if the setting would be in a small chapel. A small chapel requires the length of the veil to be shorter because a long veil cannot be properly shown of in a small setting. And in order to maximize the use of a cathedral length veil, further assistance from the attendants is required.
Other considerations should be taken under consideration of the location of wedding is an outdoor ceremony. Things that should be considered are; the sand, the wind or the dirt that can interrupt the ceremony. To keep the veil in a proper condition, the length of the veil should only be shorter or exact knee length.
The condition of the climate should be thought of. In a setting of a hot and humid weather, layers are not ideal for this setting because it would not be pleasant to be swathed with a veil than can stick to your skin so a veil that can do well in this setting is a blusher veil.
Though a lot of brides aren’t that worried about these factors and the trailing their veil can experience when walking in an isle of sand, or in a pile of dirt walking in a garden setting, it should be taken into account that a setting where winds cannot be controlled would be hard to work with and the flow of the veil can also not be controlled.
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How Our Veils Are Made
Making a veil takes exact precision to perfect it. Our collection of veils are carefully selected and cut to meet the exact specifications demanded and we make sure only the professional seamstresses who have an experience of more than 20 years sew the veil edging to perfect the details making every veil selected from the highest quality of tulle bridal illusion affordable.
The designer veil that has completed the first process then goes through a thorough inspection. The quality control team checks for any problems or flaws in the product and if the veil turns out to have a problem, it will immediately be sent back to the seamstress so he/she can correct any mistake or problem and after that, the veil will again go through the same process.
Veils ordered with pearls or rhinestones are carefully glued and sewn on the veil by designers who intensely make the particular designs over the years. In an instance that the pearl or the rhinestone are to be glued, designers use fabri-tac glue, a high quality glue that makes sure every pearl or rhinestone won’t be seen or won’t come off giving confidence to the person wearing the veil.
Our shipping team is also well trained in quality inspection. We check each veil one final time before leaving the factory. Yes, we are happy to do this because this is your Wedding Day!
General Return Policies
1. Contact DressFirst.com Customer Service to initiate the return process within 14 days upon receiving your item(s).
Please note that we only accept products in their original condition, and we cannot process any products that are returned without our prior knowledge. If you wish to return any or all parts of your order, you will need to contact customer service at Contact Us and obtain a "Product Return" form that must be included with your package.
2. Mis-shipped products: Once we have confirmed your mis-shipped items (item shipped was not item ordered), we will be responsible for item exchange and postage will be on us. You may also return the product and get a full refund including postage.
3. Color Errors: If the color of the item received is not what was ordered, you are qualified to get a full refund.
Please note that we will not accept any returned items by the color difference which is caused by your display monitor or the weather condition.
Specific Policies for Our Items
We understand that it is a very important undertaking to order a dress for your special occasion, and our cancellation policy was created with bearing this in mind. However, it is important to note that our dresses are made to order, and once the tailoring process has begun the materials cannot be reused. The good news is that after placing your order, there is still time for you to change your mind. For further details, please refer to our cancellation policy below.
- Unpaid orders will be cancelled automatically after 5 days. We receive hundreds of test orders each day which our members are using to quote certain cart contents and save the invoice for later reference.
- Orders cancelled within 24 hours of payment confirmation will be eligible for a full refund.
- Orders cancelled 24 to 72 hours after payment confirmation will be eligible for a partial refund consisting of the full shipping cost and 80% of the product purchase price, in order to cover the material cost.
- Orders cancelled 72 to 120 hours after payment confirmation will be eligible for a partial refund consisting of the full shipping cost and 50% of the product purchase price, in order to cover the material cost and necessary labor cost.
- Orders cancelled more than 120 hours after payment confirmation will be eligible for a partial refund consisting of the full shipping cost.
- Once your order has been shipped, it can no longer be cancelled.
- Orders that are not paid within 120 hours will be canceled automatically by our system.
If you would like to cancel your order, please login to My Orders, select the order you need help with, and request a cancellation.
Returning For Replacement or Refund
Your satisfaction is of utmost importance to the DressFirst.com Team. Upon the arrival of your package, it is suggested that you check and make sure the dress has been made in accordance with your order specifications. Please try on your dress as soon as possible without altering, removing the tags, or washing the dress.
If you are returning or exchanging dresses or accessories, please make sure they are in their original conditions - unworn, unwashed, unaltered, undamaged, clean, free of lint and hair and with tags intact and attached.
Defective, Damaged or Mis-shipped Items
You are qualified to get a full refund if your items are defective, damaged or mis-shipped. If you believe your items were damaged during delivery, you must first obtain "Proof of Damage" documentation from your delivery carrier, which needs to be included in your returned package.
Sizing or Fitting Issues
As all of our dresses are hand-sewn and customized, the finished gown may vary by approximately one inch in either direction of the specified measurements. To ensure that your dress will still fit you perfectly, our tailors have created all our dresses with additional fabric in the seams to allow minor size modifications.
If your dress size differs from the specifications of your order by more than one inch, please feel free to choose from the following options:
You are encouraged to find a local tailor to make adjustments. In this case, we will reimburse you for up to 40% of the product price as tailoring costs. If you choose this option, please remember to request a receipt from your tailor as a copy of it must be provided when requesting reimbursement.
Item is the size you ordered but does not fit
Please understand that items that do not fit properly but in accordance with the specifications you ordered cannot be returned or exchanged.
You can go to a local tailor or a professional seamstress to have the dress re-sized at your own cost:
Please note that if your order specifications differ too greatly from the final sizing request, re-sizing may not be possible.
The settings of your computer screen may alter the color of the pictures shown on DressFirst.com . Slight color aberration of your dress and the color shown on screen may not mean that the dress is defective or mis-shipped. However, if you are positive that you have received the item in a wrong color, please contact Customer Service to see if a return or refund is possible.
Items that cannot be returned or exchanged
1. No returns and no exchanges for personalized items.
2. No returns and no exchanges for perishables, earrings (including jewelry sets containing earrings), and personal care items (including lingerie, etc) due to hygienic reasons.
1. Submit a return request at Contact Us to Customer Service within 14 days upon receiving your order. Please include an explanation and photographs stating the reason for your return.
Please note that returns will not be accepted without prior approval from DressFirst.com Customer Service.
2. Once DressFirst.com Customer Service has approved your request, we will provide you with return address as well as a Product Return Form that must be filled in and included with your return. Please send the item(s) through your local post office within 3-5 business days once you have received the form. Include the Product Return Form with your return. Please don’t use courier agency like UPS, DHL or FedEx to return the parcel as we will not pay for the Custom fee that might caused.
3. Once received at our facility, your return will be processed in within 24 hours. Once your return is confirmed and inspected, please allow up to two billing cycles for it to be credited to your account.
Please note that items returned in unacceptable condition will not be processed as refunds and will be shipped back to you.
All PayPal payment can only refund via PayPal, all Credit Card payment will only be refunded to the original Credit Card.
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We sell products that we believe to be of high quality and reliability. Before shipping each dress to our customers, our Q&C personnel will do detailed check to ensure the high quality and Never on purpose send out damaged or faulty goods.
6. What is your Return Policy?
Customers need to contact DressFirst.com Customer Service to initiate the return process within 14 days upon receiving your items. If your product arrives in a defective manner, mis-shipped or color error, you are qualified to get a full refund. However, if the item is not faulty or it is made accordance with the size you ordered but does not fit, please note that we will Not accept your returned item.
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8. How long is the delivery time?
Usually it takes 11-13 days to make wedding dresses and 9-11 days to make other dresses since the day you place an order. The shipping time also differs in shipping methods. The fastest shipping - expedited shipping takes 5-6 days for the shipment. The standard shipping takes 5-9 days. The super saver shipping takes 15-20 days for the shipment. The sooner you place an order, the sooner we start preparing your dress. Thank you.
9. How is DressFirst.com different from other online bridal stores?
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You may also have these questions:
Q: I was wondering if anyone can tell me weather or not i could get it to fit with being pregnant??? plz get back to me
A: Yes, but it is suggested that you tell us your body size about a month ahead of the wedding. We can make the dress fit your body.
Q: Is your size chart based on UK or USA standard? How is better to order right size?
A: Our size chart is made on our own, different from UK and USA size. You need to check our size chart to choose the right size. You may also refer to our measuring guide to see how to get professional measuring. If you have concerns about the size, we highly suggest you choose the custom size. Please get the professional measurements first and fill in the exact measurements when you place an order.
Q: Could we possibly get color swatches from you to see how the colors would work for this dress? Thank you!
A: We understand that it would be hard to choose the color over a computer screen. You are encouraged to order our fabric swatch and feel the fabric and color in reality. We have 1-Piece Fabric Swatch - 28 Color which only needs US$5.99. We also have 28-color with 6-piece fabric swatch, which needs US$26.99. Both are free shipping if you choose super saver shipping. Here is our link: http://www.dressfirst.com/search.php?q=swatch .
Q: What if I would like the dress shorter? What measurements should I provide in the custom order fields?
A: You can give us a smaller Hollow to Hem size. Please kindly measure yourself carefully and choose a size that fits you most. We also suggest you tell us that you need the dress shorter in the Special Instructions column at the bottom of the checkout page. Then we will know. Thank you.
Q: What if I would like to do some alterations on the dress, like adding the straps or changing the back style? Do I need to pay extra money?
A: Yes you may need to pay extra if you require any alterations on the dress.
Q: If I order this dress in a standard size, can i return it if it does not fit?? Or if I just do not like it?
A: If we send wrong or unmatched dress, we will take all responsibility and give you a top solution to your best satisfaction. We are afraid that return without reason is not acceptable. So please measure your body precisely in accords with our website size chart. We offer the Size & Color Guide for your good use. Each dress you order will be made from scratch totally according to your specifications. Our tailors will make the perfect dress for you :)
Q: Hi I would love to order this dress for my wedding in April do you all ship to Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean?
A: Yes, we ship worldwide. However, we may need some more specific information about your shipping address. And then you can just add your favorite products to cart, and follow the procedure to fulfill the payment. Then you can just stay at home and wait for your product to come in due course.
Q: I'm trying to order a dress with knee length in custom size. When I am entering in my measurements as I want this in the Short length and not the long length, I'm still being asked to give the hollow to floor measurements which I do not require. Can you please tell me how I am able to place the order for this in the short length and not the long?
A: For the short dresses, our dressmakers will make the length based on the hollow to hem you fill in. You may also need to fill in the hollow to floor measurement, which can help us calculate your height so that we can ensure making the knee length dress for you. You may refer to our measuring guide to see how to get professionally measuring.
Q: Hi do you have real stores? Where can I try the dress on? I am a bit nervous to order the dress online without trying it on first..
A: We are so sorry but we do not have real stores in your place and we just do online business. We make high quality dresses in accordance with the pictures. While shopping online, you can also enjoy more competitive prices. Please feel free to contact us and we are willing to give you some professional suggestions.
Q: Can I place my order over the phone?
A: For the moment, we only accept orders on line. You may complete the payment online with your PayPal account and your rights will be safeguarded by PayPal. You can also pay for your order with your credit card, namely, Visa, MasterCard, Discovery and American Express.
Q: I placed my order and my payment just was not gone through?
A: Please do not worry. Log in to My Orders, click on the order you need help with and specify the payment problems you encountered. We will give you a reply within 24 hours to sort the problems out or give you other methods for payment.
Q: Dear staff, i would like to know the price of shipping for dresses of your website, or is it free? Thank you in advance.
A: Please understand that the dress is not of Free Shipping. The shipping time and cost depend on your specific address, the weight of the items as well as the shipping method you choose.
Q: Can I change the size and color for my dresses after payment?
A: If you want to change the size or color within 24 hours after payment, please kindly contact us. We will cancel your order and issue a full refund to you. You may need to place a new order with us.
Q: Hi, how do I order multiple items?
A: To place the order for multiple items you will have to follow the procedures as below. 1. Log in on our website; 2. Choose the color, size and add the item into the cart; 3. Press the button “continue shopping” and the add other items into cart; 4. Check out and pay for the dress. Our website will guide you with your order.
Q: I am wondering what "hollow to floor" means, i am hoping to put in the custom order.
A: Hollow to Floor is the length from your hollow (center of the collarbone) to the floor. When you measure it, please take the tape from your front, with bare foot. You should stand upright and your feet should keep together.
Q: Hi, I am getting married in april next year but i live in australia and would have to get custom fit, would my dress be here in time.
A: Surely we can deliver the dress to you on time. Usually it takes 11-13 days to make wedding dresses and 9-11 days to make other dresses. The fastest shipping just takes 3-6 days for the shipment. We suggest you order your dress about 2 months before your big day. Thanks.