For centuries brides have worn veils for a number of symbolic and religious reasons. From warding off evil spirits in ancient Greece to displaying a woman’s virtue in Christianity, the veil has become a traditional wedding garment.
But this doesn’t mean that they’re mandatory. Many brides opt not to wear a veil on their wedding day, choosing to go with stunning clips, grips and headbands instead. If you’re undecided, here’s a guide to help you make your choice.
Is symbolism important to you?
For some, religion and symbolism are extremely important. Your wedding day might not feel real unless all the traditions (including wearing a veil) are honoured. If this is the case, your choice is easy. If wearing a veil is purely aesthetic for you, that’s okay too. As long as it has special meaning to you.
Will the weather interfere?
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, it’s important to factor in the weather. Do you really want the wind blowing your veil across your face as you walk down the aisle or getting caught in seats and decor? Keep in mind that there are places where a veil works beautifully so take your venue and the time of year into consideration too.
Does it work with your hair?
Some brides want to show off their hair instead of wearing a veil. Others want their hair styled to complement their veil. There are many different kinds of veils and alternative hair accessories to choose from, so narrow down your search by deciding what type of statement you’d like to make.
Will you be comfortable?
Yes, it’s your big day and yes, you want to look incredible, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort. A veil may hinder your movement and bother you during the ceremony, or not wearing one might leave you feeling exposed. Decide what’s best for you and then go with it.