Nowadays, a bridal veil represents a wedding tradition, but it's not essential to a wedding ceremony. You will only wear a veil once and it could be the accessory that makes you feel most bridal. If you are unsure whether you will wear one, better to have a try. As nothing makes for a more dramatic entrance than a bride walking in wearing a veil. A veil highlights a bride's appearance when walking down the aisle. Find more beautiful wedding dresses at

So how do you decide which one is right for you?

1. Choose your dress first and then accessorise with a veil, not the other way round. The dress is the main attraction and the veil is there to complement the dress, not distract from it. It is difficult to find a dress to match a veil but is much easier to find a veil that matches a dress. So don't set your heart on a veil before you have found the dress of your dreams.

2. Know what kind of hairstyle you will be wearing. Your choice in hairstyle plays a role in determining what sort of veil and headpiece you can pull off. A heavy head piece, long veil, or multi-tiered veil all require a supportive up-do hairstyle like a bun; A half up/half down hairstyle will work with moderate weights and lengths; If you intend to wear your hair all down, then it is probably best to stick to lightweight or shorter designs; If you have short hair, you will need to attach the veil towards the front of your head.

3. Identify the length of the veil that matches your dress.The three primary lengths of a veil are 30 inches, 36 inches or floor length. The 30-inch veil, or elbow length veil is for dresses without a train or a gown with a full skirt. This veil is worn for either formal or informal style weddings. The 36 inch, or finger length veil, is for gowns with a train and can be worn at both formal and semi-formal style weddings. Floor length, or cathedral style veils, are only appropriate for formal weddings and typically complement a cathedral or semi-cathedral wedding gown.

4. As well as different lengths, veils come in different types. You may decide that you want a short, single layer veil. This is worn at the back of the head, it's not designed to be worn over the face. Two layer veils have a layer that stays at the back and a shorter section which can come forward over the face. This is called the blusher. It's your choice whether or not to wear the blusher covering the face. Some brides prefer to have the blusher pulled back and have layers of the veil frame their face. Other brides like to wear the blusher down. It's a very traditional look. Plus the blusher can obscure a wobbly lip as the bride walks up the aisle and hide the wedding tears!

5. Consider the design of your dress. If your dress is very intricate you will want a plain veil. Likewise if you have a plain dress then a decorated veil can accessorise the dress easily. Most shops have a good selection of veils as they are still very common for brides. Try veils on with your dress and make sure they feel right and complement your overall look.

6. Match the color with your dress. Take a sample swatch of the material and a picture of your dress with you when shopping for the veil. Hold the veil up against the material swatch to make sure that it is in the same color genre as your dress. For example, you want to match a white veil with a white dress and an ivory or champagne veil with an ivory or champagne.

Tips and warnings:

1. You should also consider your height when choosing a veil. If you are 5'7" or taller then you should choose a finger-length veil. If you are 5'4" or shorter then you should choose a 30 inch or elbow length veil. You can wear any length veil if your height is between these two heights.

2. If you are petite, the veil should not overwhelm you, do not have too many layers or embellishments.

3. Avoid a veil that ends right where your bodice begins, this cuts you in half visually. If you have a sharply defined waistline, don't choose a veil that ends right at the waistline.

4. Shoulder length veils work on any height of bride.

5. If you're wearing a blush veil, keep it further forward so it doesn't get lipstick on it!

6. Most brides remove the veil after the ceremony and initial photos, before the reception line allowing freedom to mingle and greet guests without worrying about having it tugged off.