Mrs.S
Beginner November 2016

To wear a veil or no?

Mrs.S, on September 15, 2016 at 1:04 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 33
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I'm just wondering if wearing a veil is still a pretty common thing to do? My mom wants me to wear one, and it's not a big deal. I just don't understand why I would want something that's just gonna cover my hair and the back of my dress? Help!! I don't understand anything about veils: how long should it be? Do I wear I at the reception? Do I wear it in all pictures?

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  • mimitrue
    Master January 2016
    mimitrue ·
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    I'm always team veil. I love them. I wore mine for pictures and ceremony and 1st dance and then took it off.

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  • OG Sarah
    Master September 2017
    OG Sarah ·
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    A lot of women still wear veils, but many don't. Either way is okay, it just depends on what you like. Have you ever tried one on with your dress? I know that having a veil on makes me feel more like a bride, so I'm choosing to wear one.

    Veils come in many lengths- you can google this. I'm going with a fingertip length veil (pretty self explanatory- it reaches my fingertips when my arms are at my sides). You can wear it for however long you want. I will wear it just for my ceremony and not for reception. You can wear it in all pictures, or just some. That's really up to you.

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  • taneisha23
    Devoted September 2016
    taneisha23 ·
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    I was raised with a very different view of marriage than most, so I researched all the traditions to see which ones I actually wanted to keep. The veil one I thought I would do without--it originates from when marriage was a transaction, the family would keep the bride covered until it was official and then her face would be revealed and hopefully the groom didn't want to run away, lol. BUT they can be very pretty and it's the only time in my life I'll ever have a reason to wear one, so I made one because I couldn't find any I liked that matched my dress (it's a gold/champagne color). I am ONLY wearing it for the ceremony, nothing else.

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  • Lorith
    Master May 2016
    Lorith ·
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    In always team veil! When will you gave the opportunity again?

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  • Samantha
    Devoted October 2016
    Samantha ·
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    I'm not wearing one. I'm wearing this gorgeous silver and pearl headpiece instead. It was just a personal preference for me! Some women are set on having one, others not so much.

    Wearing one and how long you wear it is up to you Smiley smile

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  • K
    Dedicated July 2017
    Kaeli ·
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    I am choosing to wear a flower crown with a small veil in the back. The veil will not cover my face at all, but I simply chose this style out of personal preference! Smiley smile

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  • Helen
    Super September 2016
    Helen ·
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    I love the veil, it's kind of a cover up but not. Lol. Congratulations

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  • Melanie
    Expert November 2016
    Melanie ·
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    I tried some on when I went dress shopping and they looked really nice with my dress but it's so much money and I would only be wearing it for our short ceremony so I decided not to get one.

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  • B
    Devoted September 2016
    BlueSkies ·
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    @OG Sarah, is your profile picture white mac n cheese in a bread bowl? I'm on a no carb diet until my wedding next week and your picture about killed me. It looks soooo good. or am I just so carb-depraved that I'm imagining it.

    Anyways, I'm wearing a veil but only to the ceremony, not to the reception. It's completely up to you. The last two weddings I've been to the bride has not worn a veil.

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  • ColorMeBlu
    Super May 2018
    ColorMeBlu ·
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    I think a veil is what makes a bride a bride and not someone in a fancy dress. But that's just me. You can do whatever you think is comfortable!

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  • Catlady11317
    VIP January 2017
    Catlady11317 ·
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    At first I wasn't feeling it, but I realized I only get the chance to wear one once. I ordered a simple cathedral length one on eBay for less than 20 bucks.

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  • SarahAnn1015
    Super October 2016
    SarahAnn1015 ·
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    I, originally, was anti veil. Then my attitude started to change for idk what reason. I ordered a 1 tier chapel length veil ($20 on ebay) but if i don't wear it it's not like i paid a whole bunch for it. I will wear it for ceremony and most pics but take it off for the reception to show off the beautiful hair comb I have.

    they type you should get and length really depend on your preference. I didn't like any that the lady at the bridal shop put on me, but they were shorter and had either lace or beading and stuff. with my dress longer, and simple is best.

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  • Sam
    VIP October 2016
    Sam ·
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    I'm team no veil but that's just me, it's whatever you feel prettiest in or with! Smiley smile

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  • Zaz
    Master October 2016
    Zaz ·
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    I was on the fence about it for a quite a while. I finally decided on a two tier elbow length veil; it's long enough to look nice, but short enough I can keep it on all night if I want to.

    OP, if you think you might wants a veil, but you don't want to obscure the back of your dress, look for/try on some that are really sheer or a single layer. The more layers you have, the harder it will be to see the back of the dress and all the details you want to show off.

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  • MoweryMe
    VIP April 2017
    MoweryMe ·
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    I'm wearing a veil for the Ceremony and pictures.

    Out-of-doors Reception I will probably take it off--the wind is a veil's vilest enemy ;-)

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  • Shanna
    Super September 2016
    Shanna ·
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    I skipped it. Just not my speed!

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    I'm #teamveil but it's totally up to you! I went with a finger-tip length plain tulle veil so you can still clearly see the back through it. I'll be wearing the veil for pictures and the ceremony then taking it off for the night!

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  • HailyMarie
    VIP June 2017
    HailyMarie ·
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    I'm not a veil fan. I'm wearing a small floral headpiece instead.

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  • Rachel
    Super October 2016
    Rachel ·
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    I love them. I think they're pretty and feminine and I love the traditional bride look. Some people don't like that they're associated with "giving away" a human like property or whatever but I don't read that much into it. I did hear one tradition that said Orthodox Jews wear veils that totally cover their faces because it represents that they love each other so much they would still get married even without seeing each other.

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  • Crazyinlove<3
    Super September 2016
    Crazyinlove<3 ·
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    Go with the veil! In my opinion they are very romantic and special. It's the only time you can wear one without getting alot of side eye. You can always do a shorter one or a cage veil.

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