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Tradition Tuesday: Beyond the Veil

The wedding veil, without a doubt, is the most noticeable sign that the bride has arrived! The veil can be a real "gown-changer" because it can add a personal spin on a wedding dress. For example, if a bride loves a simple dress, but feels like it is missing something - it is probably a veil. A veil is the perfect accessory because there are so many options.

PRO TIP: Even if you think you would never wear a veil on your wedding day - TRY IT ON! It takes 4 seconds to try, and you can confidently rule it out, or it might just surprise you.

Why did brides start wearing veils?

Unveiling the Tradition: The veil dates back to ancient times when brides would be wrapped from head-to-toe to symbolize a pure and untouched maiden. The veil also would ward off any evil spirits, which is not a surprise because most of the wedding traditions were made to get rid of any bad luck or evil spirits.

The veil might seem too traditional or too "old school" for you, but did you know that the options for veils are endless? Veils can be simple, embellished with lace and sparkles, long, short, and everything in between - which means you can show more of your personality with a veil. The veil transforms the bridal look into YOUR bridal look. Don't believe me? Check out my veil guide below to see just some of the many options for a veil

Birdcage veils are mostly seen made of netting. Only a portion of the bride's face is covered with this veil style. The veil typically falls right above or below the chin and can be worn with almost any hairstyle.

The Birdcage veil is perfect for the bride seeking an "old hollywood" or vintage look on her wedding day.


A finger tip veil is falls right below or even with the fingertips. Fingertip veils can be two-tier or just one delicate layer. They are great for the bride that does not want the fuss of a long veil but still wants a little something. They work great with low bun hairstyles.


A two-tier veil is my personal favorite style of veil! A two tier veil can be long or short, and can be embellished with lace, sparkles, trim or raw edge. I personally love how a two-tier veil frames the dress and adds a bit of drama. The shorter tier can be worn in front of the face, but also can stay in the back.


A cathedral veil references the long aisles that are found in cathedral churches. A cathedral veil can be two tier or one tier and be adorned with laces, sparkle embellishments, or simple trims. The cathedral veil delicately extends past the train of the gown and adds a little extra drama to the bridal look. Give the illusion of long train (without adding extra weight to the gown)with a cathedral length veil.


A chapel length veil just barely sweeps the ground. The delicate draping adds a romantic and airy feel to the bridal look. A chapel veil can have lace and embellishments, but is best kept simple so it can call elegantly into the back of the gown.

Veils are not required to be worn by the bride, but I do think they make a pretty picture. I hope you enjoyed this #TraditionTuesday and if you have any ideas for future posts please email me!

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