To Veil Or Not To Veil: Top 10 Things To Consider

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A veil is the ultimate bridal accessory and can be the perfect addition to set off a fabulous gown. But modern brides may not always see a veil as a part of their ideal bridal look.

Here are 10 things to consider as you decide to veil or not to veil:

1. Tradition
Veils have had a place in marriage ceremonies for centuries, dating as far back as ancient Roman times when wedding veils were said to ward off evil spirits that preyed on brides-to-be. Today wedding veils have lost most of their past symbolic meanings and are instead simply gorgeous, delicate and often intricate accessories.

2. Comfort
There are a number of reasons you may not want to don a veil on your big day. Maybe you’re getting married outdoors and you’re afraid the wind could be your worst enemy, or you may just want to show off your hair rather than covering it up. Whatever reasons you may have, remember that it’s your wedding and you should feel comfortable. There’s no law that says a bride must wear a wedding veil.

3. Style And Length
Veils vary in styles and length. Although there are no set-in-stone rules, certain veils do seem to match certain gowns. A very formal wedding gown – say with a cathedral-length train – will best be set off by a full-length veil, usually extending one foot past the train. A standard length veil can complement every gown silhouette.

4. The Blusher
If you do choose to wear a wedding veil, it is traditional to wear a blusher (the top layer of a two-layered veil) over your face as you walk down the aisle. This is then traditionally removed by the father of the bride or the groom.

5. Personalising
If you don’t want to wear a veil because you feel it won’t complement your dress, it’s possible you simply haven’t been looking at the right veils – there should be a style to suit all brides. Veils can be adorned or customised according to your taste. So you can add more lace, appliques, embroidery, layers or colours to complete your ideal veil.


6. Is it really you?
If you are considering not wearing a veil, think about it carefully before making a final decision – how many chances does a girl get to wear a wedding veil after all? Also remember that it is your day – you want to be yourself and to feel stylish but comfortable. And if you simply can’t see yourself wearing a veil, then there’s no reason why you should.

7. The Hair
Just because you don’t wear a veil doesn’t mean your hair has to be plain. You can wear a tiara, clips, a flower crown or headband, or simply add sparkle to your hairstyle by adding some glamorous diamond bobby pins.

8. Trial Run
Make sure to take all of your hair accessories to your salon for your hair trial. Certain hairstyles may not work with your veil, so your stylist will need to know what they’re working with.

9. Pins
If you really want to stick with tradition in wearing a veil but are having an outdoor ceremony, you can purchase or rent what are known as veil weights – these are decorative pins inserted into the bottom of your veil to keep the wind from blowing it all over the place.

10. Research
Look at pictures of brides with and without veils before making your decision. Local bridal shops should be able to advise you on what will look best with the dress you choose and help you find the perfect veil or headpiece to compliment your unique bridal style.

By Joanne Savage, Excalibur Press