To veil, or not to veil…
THE wedding veil has traditional origins as symbolising the bride’s virginity and modesty and thus was kept in place until the conclusion of the wedding ceremony when either the bride’s father or the bride groom would lift the veil, before the bride groom would kiss his new bride.
This would symbolise the bride’s father ‘giving away’ his daughter to her new husband.
Things have changed a lot and this tradition no longer implies that a woman is ‘property’ of the man.
These days it is embraced more as a tradition that builds excitement and a sense of specialness as the groom sees his new bride for the first time in her wedding dress.
Some brides choose to wear no veil and this is a perfectly accepted modern choice.
You can choose a full, cathedral length veil, a shorter veil, wear it to the front or keep it attached at the back.
Veils can make for beautiful photographs, especially with windy or silhouette styled portraits, however if you are a no-veil bride you are not losing out.
With an ever growing plethora of flowers, hair pieces, hats from pill-box style with birdcage netting attached to 1920s inspired lace pieces, your head need not go unadorned on your wedding day.
While it is almost inevitable friends and particularly family may have their own opinions on the veil or no veil question, remember that the ultimate choice is yours and there is no right or wrong answer.