Veils have had a place in marriage ceremonies for centuries, possibly dating as far back as ancient Roman times when wedding veils were said to ward off evil spirits that descended on brides-to-be.
In today’s times, wedding veils have lost most of their past symbolic meanings and are instead gorgeous accessories that enhance the beauty of the bride.
There are a number of reasons why you may be leaning toward skipping the wedding veil. Maybe you’re having an outdoor wedding and it’s your day and you should feel comfortable. There’s no law that says a bride must wear a wedding veil.
Why brides should consider using a veil
A veil is the ultimate bridal accessory. It can be the perfect addition to set off a fabulous wedding gown. And if you’re a fan of pictures where the bride and groom are kissing under the veil, well, it’s a must have then.
Types of veils
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 chapel- or cathedral-length train – will best be set off by a full-length veil, usually extending a foot past the train.
- A standard length veil, to the elbow or fingertip, complements every gown silhouette. Shorter and/or less formal dresses, on the other hand, nearly beg for a stunning bird cage veil.
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 down the aisle. It can then be lifted by either your father (before he leaves you at the altar) or your groom.
Alternative hair accessories
Of course, just because you don’t wear a veil doesn’t mean your hair has to be so plain.
You can wear a tiara, clip, flower crown, headband, or simply sparkle-up your hairdo by adding in some beautiful diamond bobby pins.
Not sure you’re willing to give up the traditional veil but want a style that fits your personality better for your reception? No worries! You can always wear a hair piece and a veil over it for the ceremony. That way you can have awesome pictures of your veil
A few tips for wearing your wedding veil
First and foremost, make sure to take all of your hair accessories to your salon for your hair trial.
Certain hairstyles may not go well with your veil, so your stylist will need to know what hairstyle to work with.
If you don’t want to wear a veil because you feel that they are too simple and won’t compliment your dress, then you haven’t been looking at the right veils!
Nowadays, veils can be so extravagant and can be adorned according to your vision. Add lace, appliqués, embroidery, layers, colors…or customize it in any other way you can think of!
If you are considering not wearing a veil, think about it carefully before making a final decision – after all, how many chances does a girl get to wear a wedding veil?
But also remember that it is your wedding day – you want to be YOU. And if you just can’t see yourself wearing a veil, then there’s no reason why you should.
If you really want to stick with tradition in wearing a veil but want an outdoor ceremony, you can purchase or rent veil weights which are decorative pins inserted into the bottom of the veil to keep the wind from blowing it all over.
We recommend looking at pictures of brides with and without veils before making your decision.
Local Bridal Shops can also advise you on what will look best with the dress you choose and help you find the perfect veil or headpiece to compliment your style.