Attention Photographers and brides to be! The veil toss takes some coordination and time, but if you can get it, and have time for it, it’s magical and can make for some pretty beautiful images!!
Tips for the brides if they want this shot:
Have a longer veil – butt length or longer works. If they want it more dramatic, the longer the better cause then there can be angles and swoops in the veil as it drops.
The less beadwork or lace on the veil the better. Beads are especially heavy and will make the veil fall quickly and without those beautiful layers like the veil we used. Lace is not quite as heavy but still will fall quicker than if it is a plain veil.
Tips for the photographer:
Go with the breeze
Coordinate with your helper when they need to toss and instruct them after they toss to get the heck out of there. (haha) And then when you shoot the pose, shoot many shots at once if you can so you can piece the images with the helper with some with without the helper in photoshop.
Have your assistant or bridesmaid (not if they have high heals – don’t break an ankle), or a groomsmen (I usually get a groomsmen if I can – plus it usually gets a few good laughs too) do the toss.
Get your helper to hold the veil at different angles. Have their back hand higher than their front hand. This helps for added flow and dimension. Be sure your helper has a dip in the veil so it doesn’t pull out of her hair.
Do the toss a few times to make sure you get the couple in focus. And you can tweak their pose to add variety – looking at the camera, looking at each other, kissing, or a dip, etc…