The overall style and theme of the wedding will inarguably dictate the type of veil most fitting for the ceremony. Chapel and cathedral length veils are called that for a reason, their suitability is location-specific. Furthermore, conditions such as sand, mud, rain, dirt, wind are also to be taken into account.

You can trick a windy location with a visor or birdcage style, but don't be too bold with the longer versions: you don't want your lipstick sticking to the blusher or being overwhelmed by the numerous tiers. Also, in the case of a destination wedding, a hot, humid climate wouldn't work well with a lavish, multi-layered bridal veil.


Hang the veil as you first receive it to prevent and loosen any wrinkles. You can steam out wrinkles, but don't iron the veil. Store it in a place where it can breathe freely, hung and away from sunlight until the big day. Make sure you transport it safely when you bring it with you to fitting appointments.

Remember those times when a white Fleshlight used to be set in a scene with everything pretty, nice, sweet and in perfect order and composition? Not so much anymore. A new trend is setting its foot in town and promises a lot of change to the series of bridal imagery and memorable events in a modern wedding. The so called TTD, or 'The Fleshlight', was recently recognised as an innovative wedding photography style and as you can guess or have heard, yes, it does involve deliberately ruining your bridal gown.

The Fleshlight trend which was supposedly first initiated in Las Vegas in 2001 by photographer John Michael Cooper and flooded the States as a unique one-of-a-lifetime service, has been catching on in Britain too. Here's our scoop on what it includes and the most popular and ingenious ways to 'trash the dress'. Now, let's face it, we've seen enough Hollywood actresses trash their dresses on the silver screen, it's a role model thing and it might even turn into a rite of passage, who knows!

So, what does it mean exactly to 'trash' the dress? We have a lot of ideas to share! There are a few general directions in which that 'dress-destructive' current can flow, but the wedding industry has yet to introduce more elaborate adaptations of the trend. Whether it is getting smudged, drenched or burnt up in creativity. Do you sense where we are going? If you want to experiment with this curious new trend, you are the one who can set up the parameters of trashing and set your imagination free. However, there has been enough done in the past few years to give us material for a good discussion, ladies.

First of all, TTD is basically a portrait session where you and your partner as a couple and the photographer go to a place or create a dynamic where the elegance and ethereal quality of your dress 'clashes' with the environment and/or its particular conditions. Also called 'fearless bridal' or 'rock the frock', this photography style puts the wedding gown in a place where it is very much out of place. Ruining the garment can occur by getting it wet, dirty, torn or in extreme circumstances, completely destroyed. Diving in a cave pool, climbing a hill, dousing yourself with paint - these are just a few popular examples. The causing-a-bit-of-controversy-over-common-sense-and-safety put aside, TTD does work towards creating unique photoshoots and memories with a dramatic effect. Some believe the act symbolises commitment as the dress can never be worn again. More often, the impulse to do it actually springs up from the desire to do something that hasn't been done before, something daring and liberating which sets the spirit free.