A veil may come under the class of an accessory, but it is the one thing that completes the look and makes you look and feel like a bride.

Anne Guise of Silk Veils, in Cardiff, is an expert in choosing and fitting veils, she has offered some tips on how to get it just right.

"I’m surprised at the number of brides who tell me they find it far more difficult to find a suitable veil than choose their wedding dress. They find the choice of wedding veils in the shops very limited and it's especially difficult to source silk tulle wedding veils. All of my veils are made to measure so you can have the length and decoration to suit you," advises Anne.

To measure the correct length of veil

Tier 1: Place the tape measure on your head where you will put the comb let it fall gently down your back then measure to the required length.

Tier 2 (blusher):Place the tape measure on your head where you will put the comb, let it fall gently forward over your face, then measure to the required length.

The length will depend on your height, length of train etc.

When measuring your veil length take into account any decoration on the back of your dress. Let the veil finish either below or above this. Don’t let your veil cut across it. I suggest a long veil ends at least 20 cms over the edge of the train, so that the veil glides along behind you.

Your veil can be as long as you would like it to be. A very long veil looks dramatic in a cathedral setting.

When you measure the blusher, the tier which covers your face, take into account that you may be holding a bouquet. Would you like the blusher to sit above this or drape over it?

Veil styles

• Single tier: For brides who don't want to wear a blusher this is the ideal veil. It is usually full gathered onto the comb though the amount of gathering can be adjusted to suit the individual.

• Full gathered: A full gathered veil gives the maximum amount of fullness, pouff. It can be used for a single tier or two tier veil. The amount of fullness can be varied by the cut of the fabric. The shorter the veil the fuller it will appear. Please contact me for more information and photographs.

• Centre gathered: A centre gathered veil is usually a two tier veil with a blusher and longer tier. The sides of the veil fall and sit around the shoulders. The blusher can be worn over the face as you enter for your ceremony or worn back if you prefer.

• Mantilla: A mantilla veil has no gathering and sits flat on the head. It often has a lace or embroidered edge. It can be held in place with a comb, hair clips or by attaching it to a headdress.

• Drop veil: This is essentially an ungathered two tier veil. It can be any length. The veil is draped over the head and attached with clips or hat pins. When the blusher is folded back it sits flat on the top of the head.

• Birdcage: A small dainty veil attached to a comb and worn just over the front of the face. It usually falls to just above the mouth, or the cage veil is a bit longer and can cover the whole head.

For more information go to Anne's website at www.silkveil.com.