6 tips for the veil for the wedding
While the veil used to be a tradition, today it is more of a chic bridal accessory. Nevertheless, the veil, matching the wedding dress and your very personal style, must not be missing at the wedding! Deciding which length and especially what type of veil to choose is not an easy one. We will help you: Here you will find out what you should pay attention to when choosing the veil and how to skillfully stage the bridal veil!
The wedding veil as a symbol
The veil – whether classic floor-length, extra-long or by means of a practical short version – it is the traditional symbol of becoming a woman and is intended to cover the bride until the marriage is perfect.
1. When to wear a veil
Even if the veil is no longer a must these days, it is still a pretty, still traditional and above all popular accessory for the bride. There are no precise guidelines on when and how to wear the veil at the ceremony and then at the festival. You can wear it all day if you want, but keep in mind: at the wedding reception, a long veil can be a hindrance to dancing. For this, it is better to choose a shorter veil or try out at home how you can dance with it.
Our tip: Wear the veil as a festive accessory for the ceremony in the church and replace it with a fascinator for the party afterwards. Here you also have a large selection of different variants and shapes. Choose the hair accessories that are comfortable for you to wear at the celebration.
2. How to attach the veil
You can attach your veil in different ways. Usually you attach it either under or over your bridal hairstyle. To do this, you need to consider whether the selected veil includes an insertion comb. If your veil is attached to a hair comb or sewn in, you can easily put it in your hair. If it doesn’t hold tight enough, secure it additionally with a couple of hair clips. The veil should be firm, but you shouldn’t pin it so tightly that your hair feels pressure or it pinches somewhere. For safety’s sake, test your hairstyle early enough and move to see if the veil will hold the way you want it to.
If your veil does not have a comb, then attach it yourself with hairpins or hair accessories. Do you want to take off your veil after the wedding ceremony? Then make sure that it can be easily removed in a few simple steps. Do not remove the veil until later in the evening if you want it to appear on the photos of the wedding ceremony.
Our tip: If you don’t want to take any risks, discuss your ideas with your hairdresser. With the help of a professional, your expectations can be met with certainty and you do not have to worry about something going wrong in terms of hairstyle on the big day.
3. Which length is the right one
Whether long or short – veils are bad eye catchers at the wedding. But don’t forget: check your look from behind! Do not cover a special eye-catcher on the back of the wedding dress with your veil. If you have a great back décolleté, it is best to use a short or a very transparent veil. Wearing a strapless dress, an opaque, longer veil offers the opportunity to show slightly less skin in the church during the ceremony.
4. What to look for in the type of veil
There are now many different types of bridal veils. What many do not know: the wedding veil has been worn much longer than the wedding dress. It was used to cover the bride’s face during the wedding ceremony. Usually it is worn in white to match the wedding dress. Nowadays, colorful veils are always preferred. The top rule is: First choose the wedding dress and then the veil. Often the inspiration comes with the purchase of the dress.
In addition to short, medium and long veils, there is also the cathedral veil. It is the longest of all bridal veils and therefore quite difficult to wear. He is often seen at royal weddings. Since a professional updo is required to hold this veil in place, it is not really suitable for “normal” weddings. If you still want to have a very special veil, you can decorate or embroider it with pearls or stones. A border offers a particularly beautiful finish for the veil. But be careful: depending on the length of the veil, it can make your body appear shorter than simple tulle, since the border sets a horizontal accent.
5. What you can combine with
You can basically wear your bridal veil with any hairstyle and any kind of accessory. It is important that the veil matches the style of your overall outfit and does not cover up any beautiful details of your dress or hairstyle that you absolutely want to show. Diadems in combination with the bridal veil, for example, are suitable for a particularly princess-like or noble look. Badges or headbands can also be combined well.
Our tip: bridal veils can be worn both for a classy look and for weddings in vintage style. Veils in which lace is incorporated are currently the trend. You can find pictures of wedding dresses made of lace in combination with matching veils in our wedding dress gallery.
6. Why the veil and the second wedding go together
It is not your first wedding and you still want to wear a veil? Do it! Nowadays there are no fixed rules for wearing a veil. It is more of a chic accessory than a symbol of innocence and virginity.
Bride and veil
For many brides, the veil is simply part of the wedding dress and is accordingly worn for the respective dress at the wedding. After all, almost every woman wants to feel like a princess at her wedding and with a deliberately romantic headdress you will undoubtedly come a decisive step closer to this wish.
However, the actual intention, which has always been pursued by wearing a veil, is often forgotten, because the veil has a very special meaning at the wedding.
Sign of innocence
As a stylish accessory that matches the wedding dress, a veil not only looks elegant at a wedding, but is also important in terms of its meaningfulness. This delicate cloth – in white – actually stands for the innocence of the bride when married.
Although it is rarely the case today that a bride actually marries virgin, nothing has changed in the symbolism of the veil.
Even today, the veil is said to remain
– symbolize the purity of the bride and
– underline their willingness to give themselves only to the groom.
Accordingly, the tradition of wearing veils has continued to this day.
Tradition remains tradition
Although countless other variants have long been available, the original veils are models that also cover the face with their transparent fabric, the then
– either from the bride’s father
– or from the groom himself
after the marriage is exposed.
This process also underlines the deep symbolism of the pure-hearted bride, who is only completely open on the wedding day when she has finally arrived in the port of marriage.
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