Pattern Play

When I was in junior high I was helping my dad buy a wedding dress as a present for his employee.  Since she was in Nigeria my dad took me and my fashion expertise to David’s Bridal. I relayed to the bridal stylist that I was worried about a shiny headband would being too much with a sparkly dress. She mentioned how you want the eye to start at the top and work its way down. A shiny headband catching the eye was a good thing.

Everyone at their wedding wants to capture the gaze and hold it for as long as possible.  You know it’ll stick in their mind long after the DJ has played the closing song. Perhaps you shy away from the bold choice out of fear for “doing too much.”  In that case let’s find a nice balance.  Here are some key things to keep in mind when choosing a bold piece.

Volume: Patterns play on the perceived volume of the thing they’re on. A larger print will give the illusion of an increased volume while a smaller print gives the illusion of a decreased volume.

Placement: As you can see in the Deziri the back is full of embroidered flowers but the front overlay of the veil the embroidered flowers trim the bottom edge.  It perfectly frames the face so the bride can see while still giving her pops of colour and flair.  Make sure the bold patterns you’re picking are placed in a way that enhances you and reminds everyone that you are in fact the star.

Fabric type: Not all veils are made of tulle. Some are made of cotton, silk, satin whatever you need to create what you’re looking for.  If you have a backless dress and want your skin to be visible during the vows, then obviously a thick cotton fabric isn’t for you.  Remember that fabric has weight.  How much do you want to be carrying on your head while you walk down the aisle, stand as you give your vows, listen to the vow, the speeches, kiss and walk back out.  Fabric also has movement.  A lighter fabric flows easier but a thicker fabric will need more help to give the windswept look a lot of people look for.


These are just a few key things to keep in mind as you play around with your wedding look.  The most important thing to remember is that you feel confident and happy with what you come up with.

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