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 preyed on brides-to-be. Today, wedding veils have lost most of their past symbolic meanings and are instead gorgeous accessories that enhance the beauty of the bride.
A veil is the ultimate bridal accessory. It can be the perfect addition to set off a fabulous gown. And if you are a fan of pictures where the bride and groom are kissing under the veil, is an absolute must.
Veils vary in styles and length. Although there are no set-in-stone rules, certain veils 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 one foot past the train.
The standard-length veil, to the elbow or fingertip, complements every gown silhouette. Shorter and/or less formal dresses nearly beg for a stunning bird cage veil.
If you 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. Either your father can then lift it (before he leaves your side) or groom.
If you do not want to wear a veil because you feel they are too simple and will not 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 with matching lace, appliques, embroidery, layers, colors… or we can customize it in any other way you can think of!
If you are considering not wearing a veil, consider it 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 cannot see yourself wearing a veil, then there is no reason you should.
Of course, just because you do not wear a veil does not mean your hair has to be plain. You can wear a tiara, clip, flower crown, headband, or simply sparkle-up your ‘do by adding in some diamond bobby pins. Not sure you will give up the traditional veil, but want a style that fits your personality better for your reception? No worries! You can always wear a hairpiece and a veil over it for the ceremony. That way you can have outstanding pictures of your veil blowing in the wind while flaunting your bohemian style with a fun flower crown or your glam style with an extravagant headband for the reception.
Foremost, take all 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 are working with.