To Veil or not to Veil?

A veil, it’s a hugely popular choice for a brides all over the world. It can turn the feeling of a wedding dress from “I look great.” to “Wow! I look like a bride!”.

But how much do we know about its history and how should it be worn?

It’s said that the veil was once worn over the face to protect the bride from evil spirits, which I’m hoping isn’t needed! When she reached her groom, and protector, he would lift it from her face. The lifting of the veil was also often seen as part of a wedding tradition symbolising the groom taking possession of his new wife! Marriages now are seen as more equal, which is why I think a lot people today don’t want to wear it over the face as it has the connotation of past meanings.

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Photo by Rise Photography, bridal gown and veil from Bridal Reloved Liverpool

Traditionally, the bridal veil is made from fine fabrics such as tulle and edged with lace or embellished with pearls and diamant├ęs. It is secured into the brides hair with a comb and clips and worn over the face (although for the modern bride it’s not usually worn over the face even though it still has that double layer). Veils come in many lengths, but I’m finding in the boutique the most popular is the cathedral length which covers from head to the bottom of the train of your dress.

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A recent bride bought her double layer cathedral length veil from the boutique and when trying it on over her face, she looked stunning! It added a soft elegant touch to the look she was going for. Afterwards it got me thinking, how does today’s bride want to wear her veil? I took to the Bridal Reloved Liverpool Twitter account to ask that very question. The result was an overwhelming 100% voted that the bridal veil should be worn off the face!

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Photo: Lucy Hannah Photography, bridal gown and veil from Bridal Reloved Liverpool

How ever you decide to wear yours they’re still as popular as ever adding a traditional feel to your bridal wear.

Will you be wearing one on your day or something else? Drop me a line and let me know I’d love to hear!

 

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