Your wedding veil
is an essential element of your bridal ensemble. Wedding veils come in a variety of different shapes, styles and lengths. For more information on the different types of bridal veils on the market, read our article: Veil Styles 101 - Understanding the Different Types
If you are following the tradition of a white wedding, a veil is a must have for your wedding accessories
. Historically, the veil was said to represent the bride's virginity and to help ward away evil spirits. But whatever you believe, a veil is a beautiful accessory to your wedding ensemble.
Some brides break the tradition and don't wear a veil at all, or don't put it over their faces. Others who choose to wear it will lift the veil themselves rather than the groom doing it. This has come to represent equality between the two.
Over the years bridal veil styles have changed dramatically. In the early 20th century they had a very floral look: it was made of lace and encircled with flowers at the top. By the 30s they were simple, flowing pieces, then became more extravagant with over-the-top flowers, rhinestones and glitter. Twenty years later, velvet and satin materials were becoming popular, and they were lengthening. Limits were endless by the 60s, and today there is a wide variety of styles and appearances. Brides can have their veil any way they want - long or short, satin or sheer, pearled or beaded, with rhinestones or glitter.
When it comes to choosing the right one, the only person who can decide is the bride herself. After all, it is her big day and she is the one wearing it. Many are simple so all of the attention is focused on the dress; they are transparent to obscure the face rather than conceal it. Many brides will vouch for a low budget style, as it is worn for such a short period of time (it is lowered right before the ceremony, and lifted during it).
Whether your preference is simple and classic, or extravagant and fancy, you'll definitely want to ensure you choose the right length for your dress. For example, if your gown is fancy at the waist, shoulders, or chest, or you're set on flaunting the bouquet, a short or birdcage veil may be the best choice for you. Medium length and lace veils are the most popular, hang as low as the elbow, and compliment most dresses. Long veils are suitable for dresses with long trains or for a taller bride. However, a long veil can also get in the way of linking arms or picking up the rings, and can be difficult to lift. So if you decide to go with a long one, be sure to practice lifting!