A bridal veil is an article covering some part of the head or face – worn to accompany the wedding dress. Some choose to wear a veil while some do not it is entirely subjective. Among the weddings I have both conducted and attended I have noticed there does not seem to be a trend either way. Not all people who have an indoor wedding choose to wear a veil and not all brides choose to go veil free for an outdoor wedding. It definitely comes down to personal aesthetic.
There are many different theories why the veil was introduced to wedding ceremonies. It is said that in medieval times, the veil was used to protect the bride from “the evil eye” it was also a symbol of chastity, purity, and modesty. Other theories state that the bridal veil was worn for an arranged marriage. It is suggested that in the past men bargained with the father for their daughter’s hand in marriage, only at the ceremony when the veil was lifted, the bride features were revealed. Therefore worn to ensure the groom went through with the ceremony. It has also been said that veils were worn as a symbol of the bride’s submission and willingness to obey her husband.
Regardless of the history of the veil, it is ultimately a decision that comes down to personal aesthetic. Whether the veil will stay covered for the most part of the ceremony or just the beginning is the bride and grooms choice. There are no hard and fast rules for wearing a veil, just do what ever you feel most comfortable with. Some brides choose to have their father or whoever is giving them away remove the veil before the ceremony starts and others choose to wear the veil until the first kiss as husband and wife.
A popular trend is for the bride to wear the veil during the ceremony and for some of the photos and then remove it for the reception. You can always replace the veil with a hat or fascinator for the reception.
Will you be wearing a veil on your wedding day?
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