Should You Wear a Wedding Veil?

The wedding veil has a long history dating back to Greek and Roman times when brides wore them to ward off evil spirits. As time went on, brides donned them for a variety of reasons, but the veil usually acted as a way to hide the bride's face from her groom. It was said to bring bad luck if the bride revealed her face too soon.

Today's bride is more likely to wear a veil due to style and tradition over superstition. But should you wear one?

With so many alternative options and hair accessories, it might be hard to choose between them all. Go classic with a cathedral veil or buck tradition and flaunt a flower crown? And what about all those gorgeous bridal hair accessories? What's a gal to do?

It depends on a few things: your wedding dress style, the wedding theme and vibe, and the hair style you've chosen for the big day.

If you're wearing a tea length dress to the courthouse, you might not want to pair it with a fingertip veil. Opt for a birdcage veil or sparkling hair comb instead. On the other hand, if you're a classic kind of bride wearing a romantic ballgown down the aisle, a chapel length veil might be just what you're looking for.

Consider the overall theme and vibe of your wedding as well. A casual beach wedding calls for something nonrestrictive. Sure, a floor length veil will look lovely blowing in the wind, but it won't feel so nice blowing in your face during photos. Not to mention the sand that can ruin the ends of the veil. 

A flower crown, short veil, or hair piece would be a better option for something like a beach wedding. 

Your hair style will also play a determining factor in whether or not you wear a wedding veil. Although most styles look stunning paired with a veil, it's really about your personality and what you're trying to express through your wedding day look. 

A retro updo marries perfectly with a birdcage veil and elegant, classic curls look extra romantic under a waltz length wedding veil.  

No matter what you choose to wear, there are plenty of options to help you stand out and express your personal wedding style. Whether it's a non-traditional hair accessory, a classic veil, or a combination of the two, you'll be a stunning bride no matter what you wear. 

See more: Veil Length Guide and How to Choose the Right One for You


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