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Choosing a Veil to Match Your Hairstyle, Facial Shape, & Dress

Amidst all of the excitement and fuss over your bridal gown, it is easy to forget the icing on the cake – your veil! Remember that it deserves plenty of attention and planning, because it can make or break your wedding attire. Here are some tips for matching your veil to your hairstyle, facial shape, and dress.

On matching the veil to your hairstyle:


  • If you want a longer veil with your updo, be sure that it is a tighter style with less volume, so it can hold the heavier veil.
  • For a detailed updo you want to show off, consider a veil that pins just below the gathered hair.
  • The French Twist is easily the most versatile updo, and can work with nearly any type of veil.

Flowing Locks

  • The veil should be longer than the length of your hair.
  • Shorter veils generally go well with curly, volumized hair, and longer veils generally go well with more straight, sleek styles.

Short Hairstyles

  • Consider going sans-veil and use clips, feathers, a headband, or a tiara.
  • Shorter veils tend to work better for those with short hair, as longer veils tend to overwhelm.

On matching the veil to your facial shape:

Round Shapes

  • Look for a veil that frames the sides of your face, and try a hairstyle that does the same. These will help to narrow your face.
  • Tiaras and high updos will help elongate your face.

Oval Shapes

  • Since your face is symmetrical, any veil style will work great!
  • If your oval face is a bit longer, try your hair down or in a low updo, as a high updo will enlongate your face.

Heart Shapes

  • Veils that are pinned in the back will stay away from your face, so it isn’t made to look too full.

Square Shapes

  • Soften up your face with a romantic, flowing hairstyle and a longer veil.

On matching the veil to your dress:

Elbow Length Veil

  • Since they hit right at the waist, these veils are great for dresses with detailing at the waist.
  • They end before the skirt begins, so they go well with a fuller skirt.

Fingertip Length Veil

  • Works with nearly any full-length dress!

Cathedral Length Veil

  • This is a very formal style, so keep the style of your wedding and dress in mind when choosing a cathedral veil.

Other tips for choosing a veil:

  • Keep it in balance. The veil is meant to be an accessory, not the main event! So, be sure it does not have more detailing than your dress does. (***Exception: If your dress is very simple, a more extravagant veil may work well.)
  • Veils with blushers (the part that covers your face) work well with traditional, formal gowns.
  • If you are unable to find just the right matching colors for your dress and veil, allow your veil to be a bit lighter than your dress, rather than the other way around.

By Amanda Glandon of Simple Elegance Events and Wedding Designs, serving Central Illinois. More information you can use at Simple Elegance Events & Wedding Designs.

Planning a Wedding on a Shoestring

Planning a wedding on a shoestring.   Cutting out what’s NOT important.  Spending wisely.  Sounds easy right?  You just watched the latest “Fairy Wedding” on WE TV and you want those flowers, the ring and that dress and those centerpieces were to die for ahhhhhhhhh!  Why didn’t David choose ME!  It’s not fair!  I want a fairy wedding!

You can make your wedding the wedding you dreamed of  but let’s be realistic  though there is only so much money to go around and not everyone has an unlimited budget to work with.  In fact I think what makes a great planner is one that can keep you in budget and yet help you create a day to remember.  Sure it’s a breeze with a $100,000 budget but what if you only have $10,000 to spend!  So, what about the real people in the world?   Could you pull off a “Fairy Wedding” on a shoestring!

Well you may not have a huge budget but you do have dreams!  So, how can you make your dreams come true?  Things cost money let’s face it and the more the detail the more the money.

  1. The first thing to do is set a realistic BUDGET.   NOTE : I SAID REALISTIC BUDGET.  You can’t say I only want to spend $10,000 but I want 300 people, plated dinner,  uplighting and a photobooth..NOT!
  • Let’s not panic.  Just look at the bottom dollar and figure out what you can afford.  You can get an idea of costs by checking local websites and get an average cost of things.  For example the average cost per plate at hotel venues or caterers.  Check out the latest Wedding fashions online and look at the cost of the dresses.  (Here is a little secret if you go to our Blogs from December of 2010 http://www.aweddingtodreamof.com/2010/12/wedding-thirty-days-lets-break-down/ you will find a month work of valuable information.  Actually that month was titled, “Plan a Wedding in Thirty Days.”  You can get a great idea of costs but be sure to check for any current increases.  Hey here is another little secret we are going to be doing the same thing this December!  So watch for “Plan a Wedding in Thirty Days 2011.”)
  • Here is a helpful link to give you an idea of how to allocate your funds http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/30000-wedding-budget-worksheet.html
  • Here is another little tip this is a great spreadsheet to keep track of what you spend.  http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/wedding-budget.html

2.  Set Priorities

  • List the items and vendors you need.  That you absolutely NEED.  Like food, Dress, photography, reception venue, ….
  • Of those things:  What are the three most important to you?   Is it photography?  The Food?  the Decor?  Pick three things focus on those three first.  This is where your fingers do the walking.  Start doing your homework and compare prices.  Ask questions: What are your Packages (things are cheaper when they are bundled together.)  Are there any other fees like over charges.  Make sure you understand completely what is included and what is not included.  Make sure of the bottom dollar.  Once you have the most important done start on the next three and so on until you are done.  Keep track.
  • How can you take that $350 bouquet that you have to have and make it affordable.  Ask your florist what flowers can you substitute for a similar look.  Do you want rhinestones?  Can you provide them?  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Numbers!  Numbers!  Numbers!  The more the number of people the more the number of DOLLARS.  Your guest list will be the key to keeping expenses down.  It would be great to have everyone you know and love at the wedding but if you are on a tight budget you cannot invite everyone.  This is where things can get a bit sticky with family.   One way to keep a lid on things  is to set limits, each side will have so many people they can invite.  If they want to invite more that is fine but they will have to help with the costs.

3.  Set up Payment Plans

  • Once you book with a vendor set up your payment plan.  Will it be monthly?  It is so much easier to pay a little at a time then be faced with huge bills the week of the wedding.  Remember many vendors require payment the week or more before the wedding.  No payment, no vendor!

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all have a “Fairy Wedding’?  Well they may not feature your wedding on WE TV but it will be your day.  It can be gorgeous.  It can be unique.  It can be affordable.  Be realistic, plan, and be willing to make adjustments.

Want to use this information in your Blog? You can but you must include this statement: Written By: Margaret Moore Senior Planner of Simple Elegance where it is more than just a wedding, it’s your memory. Visit us at www.aweddingtodreamof.com So you’re getting married, keep it in perspective. Enjoy the Moment!

Wedding Hairstyles: What Hairstyle Is Best For You?


So, you’re nearing your wedding and the test run of your hairstyle; you’ve picked the hair stylists, now it’s time to pick the style. Below are a few tips to make sure you pick the right ‘do’ for your big day!

When you start planning your wedding, consider how you will want your hair. This gives you time to grow it out if you want to have longer hair or fix anything that you want to change before hand, such as color or cut. Although you still have time to decide what type of hairstyle you would like, it’s a good idea to consider it early so you have the time to make changes.

Obviously, consult with the hairdresser you will be working with. They have experience and will be able to tell you what works and what doesn’t with your type of hair. The first tip is to pick a hairstyle that will compliment your dress, without competing with it. You don’t want your hair to be overwhelming your entire look!

Make sure that whatever headpiece you will be wearing, whether it’s a veil, tiara, flower, etc., will be able to stay in your hair for as long as you need it to. If you have thin hair, wide tooth combs are not going to hold it on, so make sure the store replaces it with smaller combs or bobby pins. Thick hair can hold them on better, so barrettes, combs, or bobby pins will all work. Also, if you are wearing a veil or headpiece that you will be removing, make sure your hairstyle works with and without it, so you are happy with the hairstyle during the ceremony and at the reception.

Look for pictures of different styles with your hair length to get some ideas of what can be done with short, medium, and long length hair. There are so many different options, from up ‘dos to flowing curls to side ponytails; pick something that fits your wedding and your personality- because it’s your day!

The most important tip is to pick a style you are comfortable with, that represents you, your personality, and how you want to look on your wedding day. If you don’t like the first style your hairstylist does- tell them! They are there to work with you to create the best day possible, so make sure you are happy with how you look on your big day!

Want to use this information in your Blog? You can but you must include this statement: Written By: Nichole Hayes Senior Planner of Simple Elegance where it is more than just a wedding, it’s your memory. Visit us at www.aweddingtodreamof.com So you’re getting married, keep it in perspective. Enjoy the Moment!