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Von’s Vice – Veils Tips & Trends

Published on September 1, 2013 . Blog, Issue 59, Von's Vice
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Dear Von,
I’m having veil issues! After shopping at an exhausting rate, I have purchased 3 veils (chapel-length, finger tip length and a birdcage/blusher that I want to cover my face during the ceremony) and a headband. A week away from my big day and I’m starting to second guess myself. I love the layered look of these veils but I’m starting to think my overall look might be too much?


Girl, my head hurts just thinking about all those adornments! As a woman whose DNA seems to be encoded with love of accessories, I can understand how the glitter and rhinestones can clutter the path to clear decision making.

Your wedding day is not about donning every accessory you’re currently infatuated with. Your wedding day is about creating a memory. Choose accessories that compliment your look as well as the look of your wedding.

Critical Accessory Thinking

Let’s bring some logic into this emotional (…because I really love these pearls! They remind me of my grandmother and it works so well with my bouquets and these colors are perf…) decision we have to make. Answer the following questions about each of your prospective accessories. Like any good relationship, honesty is critical. Critical Accessory Thinking is a way to determine which piece is a trendy toss-able and which is a critical classic.

  • Is this accessory distracting?
  • Does this compliment my bridal look?
  • Does this compliment the theme for my wedding?

Try It On

Gather up all your hair pieces and head out to your trial run. A trial run is your opportunity to create and wear your look before the day of your wedding. Make sure you are comfortable (physically and mentally) with what your beauty team produces. Remember, no one is in a good mood if your lashes hurt!

Von’s Vice: Your hairstylist may be great at coloring and cutting, but formal styles are their own specialty. Your wedding look must be ‘performance based’ to withstand Texas weather, excessive amounts of hugs, dancing, tears and still look great in photographs. Choose a wedding beauty team that’s up to the task.

Enlist the help of your professionals to determine which accessories are right for you. Is your hair type able to hold multiple adornments? Is there a compatible hair style that will work with your choices in accessories?

Communicate to your beauty team with visuals of your wedding and let them see your veils and headband. Trust their experience to help guide you towards your best look.

Maid of Hair-Honor

Who is the ‘hair’ person in your life? You know, the girlfriend who is most likely to curl your hair in the bathroom before a night out? Designate this gal to be your Maid of Hair-Honor. Bring her to your trail run and let your hairstylist talk to her about how to transition your look. Long veils and blushers tend to be removed after the ceremony or even traded out for other pieces. Have your Maid of Hair-Honor be educated on the different looks and transitions.

Peace & Lipstick,


Von Criswell is a freelance make up artist and licensed esthetician. Von has experience in film, print and runway and specializes in special occasion make up.  Upon returning to East Texas in 2011, she now focuses on catering to brides.  She also works as an esthetician at a local salon where she gives make up applications, lessons and permanent lash extensions.

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