Bridal Attire – Necklines and Veils

The neckline of your wedding dress is very important to the overall look of your wedding outfit. A neckline can change the look of your wedding dress drastically, because it draws attention to the face, and also acts as a frame. The following are some different styles of common necklines, and which is most flattering for your figure.

Halter – this type of neckline fastens in the back around the neck, and leaves the back and shoulders bare. This type of neckline works well with brides who are tall, or someone who has broad shoulders, however it does not usually suit someone with a larger bust.

Bateau – this style sits across the collarbone, and has a slight curve to it. The bateau is a much better choice for a bride with a larger bust.

Jewel – this is a high round neckline that sits close to the base of the neck. This style of neckline is a great choice for a bride who is modest o someone with a small bust.

Strapless – This style has no high neckline, and starts around the top of the bust. There is no collar, and the shoulders and back are bare.

Sweetheart – This neckline is the same as the strapless style, except it dips in at the center of the bust. This style can also have straps, and it great for someone who wants to maximize the size of their bust.

Off the Shoulder – This neckline sits on the shoulder, and is curved that sits below the collarbone. This style has small sleeves that cover the lower part of the shoulder.

V-Neck – This neckline is in the shape of a V and plunges low into the bust line. This style is best suited for full figured and curvy brides.

Square – This neckline is in the shape of rectangle across the chest. It is not plunging, nor very revealing. This suits brides with a large bust.

Queen Anne – This style is high in the back and touches the base of the neck, whereas the front is slightly lower across the top of the bust. This neckline looks great on everyone, and is a great modest choice as well.

The key to choosing a great neckline is finding something that is flattering your your own unique figure. Always experiment with different styles of dresses and necklines to see what looks best on you.
Once you have chosen your gown, the next big decision is trying to decide if you want a headpiece, and what type of headpiece you should choose. When you choose a veil or headpiece you should always take into consideration the formality of the dress. If you do decide to go with a veil, they can vary a lot in length and style. To create the perfect look, here are a few different types of veils to help you make the decision process easier.

Cathedral – This is one of the longest veils. This type of veil usually is worn with a long train.

Cascade – This veil usually has many layers, and looks nice with simple styled gowns. This style allows you to remove the layers as you wish.

Blusher – The blusher is made to cover the brides face during the ceremony. It is usually lifted over the brides head when it comes time to “kiss the bride.”

Waltz – This is a full veil that varies in length from the knees down to the ankles.

Birdcage – This is a stiff mesh veil, and it covers the eyes and nose of a brides face. It is usually pinned into the back of the brides hair.

Pouf – This style is most commonly worn with an informal gown. It is short and gathered and attaches to a small headpiece on the crown of the head.