Personally I love a bride in a veil. I think there is something incredibly romantic about a veil which fully covers a brides face and I love the moment when the father of the bride lifts the veil and the bride and groom see each other for the first time. 

The symbolic reason and ancient ritual behind the veil isn't actually such a romantic tale....Traditionally the lifting of the veil symbolised the groom taking possession of his wife or the revelation of the bride by her parents to the groom for his approval. A veil covering the brides face also symbolised the virginity and purity of the bride. This might put some brides off wearing a veil but there are so many different lengths, fabrics and styles to choose from that you don't have to go for a full on virgin veil!

Hermione de Paula bespoke veil.  Image credit Kristin Vicari.

Hermione de Paula bespoke veil. Image credit Kristin Vicari.

The length, fabric and style of veil can be dependant on so many factors...the dress, the wedding venue, the headpiece and the brides height can all play a part in choosing what kind of veil to go for.

There are so many things to consider and I remember being slightly perplexed by it all and looking back I wish that I had done my hair trial with my veil and headpiece with me. On the morning of the wedding we were so rushed that fixing the veil in place with my headpiece was so stressful and it ended up not looking quite right which still bothers me when I look back at photos.

 

The positioning of the veil is also key and I personally hate veils which sit high up on the head but again this will be dependant on whether you are planning to wear a head piece and if your hair is up or down. My words of wisdom - make sure that you have a full trial with your hairdresser and you discuss exactly where you want your veil to sit and work out whether this will actually work with your hair style. Trust me it will save you a lot of stress on the day.

Whatever you decide to go for there is nothing quite like wearing a veil and I challenge anyone not to prance around the room the moment the veil is placed on your head declaring 'I feel like a real bride now'...it happens to all of us! 

Images taken from pinterest.