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Katie
Beginner October 2022 Derbyshire

Worried about my veil

Katie, 12 May 2022 at 17:02 Posted on Wedding Attire 0 11
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Sorry if this is a long one but, I'm having a wobble about the veil I've reserved.
I picked one in a bit of a hurry as I was rather overwhelmed after picking my dress. I've picked a cathedral length blusher veil which will essentially act as a train as my dress is floor length. The issue I have is I'm not sure my hair will actually hold it. I've got super fine, soft, straight hair that won't even hold a curl. My FH's cousin is doing my hair and is a trainee so I can't just rely on the hairdresser to make it work and I won't have it far enough in advance to do a dry run.
I'm not sure whether to scrap the cathedral length idea altogether or risk it and buy some super hairspray and what will be will be?

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Latest activity by Jenna, 16 May 2022 at 22:12
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    Savvy April 2023 West Yorkshire
    Becky ·
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    Before saying yes or no, you could buy a dead cheap one to practice with? Like from JJhouse and ask your FH cousin to do a trial with you to see if it could work? You never know they might surprise you Smiley smile. Maybe go back to the dress shop and ask them to pop one of their in-shop ones on just to get an idea?
    You know your hair so I would go with your gut feeling.
    Sorry don't know if any of that was useful 😅
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  • Ana
    Savvy May 2022 Norfolk
    Ana ·
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    Before my wedding I bought this gorgeous long cathedral veil full of butterflies and flowers but the veil was 3m long so I took most away, it was fine and still a bit heavy, but unfortunately my hair is also very thin and couldn't hold my hair, even after the hair was done, don't want to put your hopes down but it could hold but if your hair is really thin and doesn't even hold a curl, it won't hold your veil 😔
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  • Charlotte
    VIP April 2022 Wiltshire
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    I have same sort of hair, I had an up do so the bunn did give it something to hold on to but I still had pins and it held all day soaybe get her to backcomb your hair a little and them pin it in of you are wearing it down. Mime slipped a little as everyone someone hugs you it pulls your head back so they and dip your head forward when hugging! Luckily my hairdresser was a guest so she shoves it back down after the meal! As you have a long length veil I would say to try and practice wearing it, or take it out after the ceremony and photos if you feel itt wont stay, but you may be surprised as I was going to take it out put kept it all night!
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  • Charlotte
    VIP April 2022 Wiltshire
    Charlotte ·
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    Another tip is to wash your hair the morning before the day and put lots of mousse in it before drying it. This will feel a bit odd but will help in making your hair more gripable on the day. Day dirty hair is best for having hair done, it won't look greasy or sierty but helps to hold a style. This was mine and it stayed in all day, I had a donut to give it more structure xWorried about my veil 1



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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2022 Derbyshire
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    It was! Thank you. My other half came up with a good idea of having a hair practice the morning of my fitting so I can test it with the actual one when I'm there (shops quite a bit away and it's one where you buy off the peg and get it fitted).
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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2022 Derbyshire
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    Thank you and your hair looked gorgeous, love the little clips. I did the day old hair trick for my first trial but I'll look into the mousse idea, thank you.
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  • PhotographybyBillHaddon
    Expert January 3000 Leicestershire
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    In my experience its the veil that causes most problems during the day by not staying in and even when it does stay in its quite often taken out by the time they sit for the meal as the bride has had enough of it !. - The longer ones that is.

    When I see them fitted during the bride prep shots In my opinion I think people are too gentle, its given a tiny little tug to test but that's not what is going to happen when you get a clumsy groom with his arm around you or it being trod on hugged- caught up in bushes - rough stone, blown skywards. You could have a test fitting in the shop but it may not have much relevance to a real world wedding.

    Especially a cathedral length one Im afraid by the sounds of it I don't think it is going to stay in your hair. Its also going to depend on how you plan to have your hair to give something to grip onto - like a bun.

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  • Taareni9
    Beginner May 2022 Gujarat
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    Thank you and your hair looked gorgeous, love the little clips.

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  • Haz
    Curious September 2022 Staffordshire
    Haz ·
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    Depending on your dress, you could go for a shoulder veil, which attaches to your dress rather than your hair.
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  • Louise
    Curious March 2022 Central & Glasgow
    Louise ·
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    I have quite fine hair that doesn't hold a curl but had an up do like Charlotte and it stayed all day with a 3m cathedral veil on. We married outside with a bit of a breeze so the veil was everywhere around me and neither my hair nor veil moved a bit. I kept my veil in until late in the evening - I had a bustle added so I could pin it up off the ground and wore it through dinner and the first dance. I went for an illusion tulle so was lighter with minimal gather compared to some and had no heavy lace embellishments which might have made a difference. I loved my veil and, for me, it just finished my look so if it's what you want, definitely go with it. Have a hair trial and see what your hairdresser can do to make your hair as sturdy as possible.
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  • J
    Beginner September 2023 Lincolnshire
    Jenna ·
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    You’ll need something to anchor it to like a bun to help it stay in. If you’re wanting to wear your hair down you can get your hair stylist to do a small hidden plait to help hold the veil.


    This article is pretty helpful and has guide pictureshttps://www.rebeccaanderton.co.uk/blog/how-to-fit-veil-any-hairstyle/

    Getting a cheep veil to try out (prance about the house in) might be helpful so you can try out some options before speaking to your stylist.
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