Many contemporary brides are adding their own distinct stamp to their wedding day. The veil once used to protect brides from evil spirits and symbolize youth, modesty, and virginity, is now more a reflection of the bride’s personality and style. As you contemplate the use of a veil, here are some of our observations:
The length of the veil will set the tone of the wedding. More formal weddings will require the command of a longer, cathedral-length veil while an informal wedding may best be portrayed by a simplistic mid-length veil.
The “blusher” veil is used to cover the bride’s face. Initially, such veils were used to hide the bride from the groom until after they were pronounced husband and wife. Blusher veils now come in various lengths. Opt for a shorter, simple form, with less fabric, for a more modern look. Full blusher veils convey a more traditional ambiance.
Veils are traditionally affixed to your locks with combs. This allows for more hairstyle options, as you can easily remove the veil and replace with fresh flowers or accessories as the night wears on. Tiaras also work well with veils.
Make sure the veil does not overpower your gown. A long veil may compete with a sheer shoulder wrap and add unnecessary width to the bride’s silhouette. Use a shorter, tailored veil, or omit it all together if you have an elaborate shoulder piece.
If you have decided not to wear a veil, consider designing your own cathedral length cape, from sheer organza, for an added soft elegance to the back length of your gown.