Once you say “yes” to the dress, you may think that you are done shopping for your attire! But there is so much more out there that can complete your look, whether it be shoes, jewelry, hair accessories… and let’s not forget about a veil! Veils have been around a long time in the bridal industry, but just how much do you know about veils?
Everything You Need to Know About Veils
Here is just about everything that you need to know about veils… from their history to tips for choosing the right one!
When & why did brides start wearing veils?
According to fashion historian Cornelia Powell, Roman brides began wearing veils in the ancient times. This was a nod to an important goddess to them, as well as a way to protect them from evil spirits.
Additionally, a veil represented a bride’s virginity. When a bride was wrapped in a veil, it symbolized that she was pure.
In the Jewish religion, a bridal veil is very significant in the Bedeken ceremony. The groom covers the bride’s face with her veil. The significance of this is a nod to the story of Jacob, who was tricked into marrying his bride’s sister Leah. She disguised herself with a veil. Because of this, at Bedeken ceremonies, the groom has to “check” underneath the veil to make sure that he is marrying the correct person.
What does a wedding veil symbolize?
Nowadays, a wedding veil can symbolize different things to different people, especially depending on their culture.
For some, it represents purity, virginity, or modesty. For others, it just feels bridal, feminine, or mysterious.
A veil doesn’t need to have a symbolic meaning for you to wear it. You can wear one simply because you like the look of it!
Do you need to wear a veil?
Absolutely not! The choice is completely yours. There are a lot of things to consider when deciding whether or not to, though!
First, we recommend trying on several different styles once you have your dress. This can be right after you say “yes” to the dress, or at your preview appointment when you pick up your gown to try it on!
Even if you didn’t originally plan on wearing a veil, we still recommend trying a few on! You might change your mind once you see yourself in one. Or at the very least, you’ll be confident that you made the right decision!
If you choose not to wear a veil, there are several other accessories that you can choose from, whether it be a hair comb, tiara, headband, flower crown… or none at all! We have an in-house custom jeweler that can create the hair accessories of your dreams, Faye Daniel Designs.
Veil lengths & styles
There are so many veil lengths and styles out there, it can be hard to know which one you want! Again, we recommend trying on several different styles with your dress to figure out which one you like best. Here is a list of some of the most common lengths and styles:
- Cathedral: One of the longest veils, this extends an entire foot (or two!) behind a full-length wedding dress
- Chapel: This will fall a few inches past a full-length wedding dress
- Fingertip: A mid-length veil that falls slightly below your waist
- Elbow: A 1960s style veil that falls to your elbows. This is worn high on the head
- Blusher: The part of the veil that covers your face. Or, a shorter veil that covers your entire face
- Birdcage: Short veil that covers just the top half of your face. Gives a retro style
Where should you purchase your veil?
We highly recommend purchasing your veil from the bridal shop that you purchase your gown from. The reason for this is because many dress designers have veils that were specifically made to go with your dress!
However, if you choose not to purchase from the bridal shop, there are several websites that you can purchase off of.
Or, you might want to consider wearing an heirloom veil! If there is a veil that has been worn in either you or your partner’s family, it might be special to you to wear that. Don’t feel pressured to, though!
Can you wear a veil if you’ve been married before?
Yes, you can. There are really no rules when it comes to bridal fashion anymore! It is completely up to you.
Some brides who are getting married for a second time prefer to wear a shorter veil, like a birdcage, or a more unique style. The choice is yours!
Who lifts the veil?
Now, if you are wearing a blusher… who lifts the veil? Again, this is up to you, but there are a few options.
If your father is walking you down the aisle, he could lift it before “giving you away.”
Another option is to have your groom lift the veil just before your first kiss. This would mean that you keep it over your face as you say your vows!
Finally, another option is to just lift it yourself at any point that you want to!
Tips for choosing the right veil for you
Now that you know a bit more about veils, the history of them, and whether or not to wear one, here are some tips for choosing the right one for you!
Start with the length
When you start shopping for a veil, it’s a good idea to first figure out what length you like best, and then go from there. You will want to choose a length that complements your gown and its silhouette! Shorter veils tend to be a bit more edgy and retro, while longer veils tend to be a bit more formal and traditional.
Choose the right color
Be mindful of the color of your veil. You definitely want it to complement your wedding dress! Try to match the colors as close as you possibly can. If you aren’t trying on veils with your dress in person, try to take a swatch of the fabric from your dress.
The exception to this would be an heirloom veil. We don’t recommend risking such a delicate piece by dying it to match your dress! An heirloom veil is so special and unique, it’s okay if the color is a little bit off.
Keep embellishments and fabric in mind
When you’re choosing a veil, you want to keep in mind how embellished you want it to be. If your dress is already heavily embellished, then you might want to choose a more simple veil! If you have a more simple gown, then you might choose to go all-out with your veil. The key to this is finding a balance between the two!
You will also want to think about the type of fabric that you want. You can never go wrong with tulle. It’s a classic choice and is typically the most budget-friendly option.
However, there are other veil fabrics out there to choose from! Some could be silk, satin, or lace.
Keep your hairstyle in mind
Before you choose a veil, you’ll want to have at least a rough idea of how you want to wear your hair on the wedding day. Your hairstyle could affect where and how you place your veil. Besides, maybe the hairstyle that you want just won’t really work with a veil!
Think about the back of your wedding dress
If you want to show off the back of your wedding dress, you’ll have to be careful about your veil choice. A heavy, layered veil will hide the back of your dress! If you want to show off the back of your dress, but are also set on wearing a veil, you might want to consider choosing a sheer veil.
Did you know that we offer veils here at K&B Bridals? You can pick one out once you say “yes” to the dress, or wait until you pick up your gown at your preview appointment! Or, if you purchased your gown elsewhere, you can always come in and try our veils on! Click here to book an appointment or give us a call at 410-838-1135.