To veil, or not to veil…

Life & Style Weekend - - WEDDINGS -

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.

PHOTO: SHUT­TER­STOCK

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