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Should I Wear a Veil For My Wedding?

4th January 2023 - View more blog articles

Wedding veils are a timeless wedding tradition. Way back when, veils weren’t just an elegant and luxurious wedding accessory to complement the gown, but rather a symbol.

In ancient times, veils were thought to protect the bride from evil spirits and to pay homage to Vesta, the goddess of hearth and home and protector of life. Over time, the symbolism that comes with wearing a veil has evolved. For some cultures and religions, it can be a symbol of purity and modesty. In others, it is a tribute to religious texts.

In more recent times, whether a bride wears a veil or not largely comes down to personal choice and current fashions. For example, the tradition of wearing a veil enjoyed a resurgence back in the 19th Century, when Queen Victoria wore one.

Do I Have to Wear a Veil?

Though the idea of wearing a veil for your wedding veil is one steeped in tradition, wearing a veil is not a necessity regardless of where you get married. To veil or not to veil is a deeply personal choice, and if you decide that wearing one isn’t for you, then that’s fine!

In our experience, a lot of brides are on the fence about whether to wear a veil or not. If that sounds like you, here are a few things to consider. Firstly, when you imagine yourself walking down the aisle are you wearing a veil? If so, it might be a good idea to try one with your wedding dress to see how you feel about it. After all, this could be your first and only opportunity to try one on!

Secondly, you might consider wearing your veil for only the ceremony - especially if the fuss of wearing one is putting off. Many brides choose to wear a veil for just the ceremony and then remove it for the reception.

Does a Veil Have to Cover My Face?

If you like the thought of a veil but aren’t sure if you’d like to cover your face with one, don’t fret! There are two kinds of veils: single tier and two tier veils.
Two tier veils feature the traditional ‘blusher’ which can be worn over the face. The idea is that the groom lifts this veil after the wedding vows to represent the handover of the bride from her father to her husband. Or, at least, that used to be what it represented. Now, when a bride wears a blusher over her face it is more a nod to femininity and mysteriousness or just a way of honouring age-old traditions.

If you don’t want to cover your face with a veil then a single tier veil may be a better choice. These are designed to drape down your back and don’t feature a blusher. As well as this, the blusher on a two-tier veil doesn’t have to be worn over the face either. It can, and quite often is, swept back to create a layered look instead.

Can I Wear a Veil if I’ve Been Married Before?

This is another common question among brides who are tying the knot for a second time. Often, there’s a lot of old-fashioned rules about what you can and can’t wear if you’re getting married again. But we say, pay them no mind! As it’s your wedding day, you can wear whatever you want! There are no hard and fast rules and, at the end of the day, the type and colour of dress you wear and whether you wear a veil or not is totally up to you. You do you, girl!

When Should I Buy My Wedding Veil?

Your wedding veil should complement your wedding dress, so we recommend that you buy a veil once you’ve said yes to the dress!

When you’ve tried your wedding dress on and fallen in love with the style, you’ll be able to imagine what type, length and colour will best complement your gown - and if you even want to wear a veil for your big day!

That being said, if you fall in love with a veil prior to finding the dress of your dreams then by all means buy it. You can always work it the other way and find a dress that compliments it instead!

Wedding Veil Alternatives

If you’ve decided that a veil isn’t for you, there are plenty of alternative options available. Wedding hair accessories are the perfect place to start in your quest for alternatives to the traditional veil. From hair vines and drapes for a mysterious woodland aesthetic to boho brow bands and regal tiaras, there are several choices that can be just as dramatic and elegant as a wedding veil.

Here at Lace & Favour, we stock a wide range of gorgeous wedding hair accessories and veil alternatives that are simply stunning. Whether you’re a contemporary bride looking for that finishing flourish or a classic bride that doesn’t want the fuss of a traditional veil, we can guarantee there’s a hair accessory for you that will highlight your individual style and make you feel like the queen you are! Shop online with us today to discover our extensive selection and fall head over heels for our wonderful wedding accessories.

See a Small Selection of our Most Loved Styles Below

1 of 5 Intrigue Ivory Plain Long Single Tier Veil with Cut Edge

Rainbow Club Intrigue Ivory Plain Long Single Tier Veil with Cut Edge

By Rainbow Club


Options available:
Veil Length: 88" / 225cm

Added to our website on: 10 November 2020


A perfectly plain single tier Italian tulle bridal veil with a raw, hand cut edge...

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2 of 5 Bianco Ivory Single Tier Satin Edge Waist Length Veil

Bianco Ivory Single Tier Satin Edge Waist Length Veil S136

By Bianco Evento

Code: S136

Added to our website on: 10 November 2020


Style S136 by Bianco Evento A simple and elegant single tier waist length veil featuring a narrow satin ribbon edge...

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3 of 5 Ivory Single Tier Pearl Cathedral Veil with Floral Lace Edge

Perfect Bridal Ivory Single Tier Pearl Cathedral Veil with Floral Lace Edge

By Perfect Bridal

Code: PBV9034-300

Added to our website on: 26 January 2022


This beautifully decorative cathedral veil is perfect for brides who want to add detail to their attire...

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4 of 5 Bianco Ivory Single Tier Swarovski Crystal Chapel Veil with Corded Edge

Bianco Ivory Single Tier Swarovski Crystal Chapel Veil with Corded Edge S223

By Bianco Evento

Code: S223

Added to our website on: 10 November 2020


Style S223 by Bianco Evento Scattered with 50 twinkling Swarovski crystals this beautiful single tier chapel length veil will add instant sparkle to your bridal look...

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5 of 5 Bianco Ivory Two Tier Sparkly Sequin and Beaded Edge Chapel Veil

Bianco Ivory Two Tier Sparkly Sequin and Beaded Edge Chapel Veil S427

By Bianco Evento

Code: S427

Added to our website on: 25 January 2022


Style S427 by Bianco Evento This gorgeous two tier chapel veil will add instant glamour to your bridal look...

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Written by Amy

Amy is the Ecommerce Director at Lace & Favour. She regularly works with leading designer brands and their stylists to curate collections of hand-picked products for brides-to-be, helping them to create their perfect bridal look.  We hope this guide has provided you with plenty of ideas and inspiration to find the perfect veil to complete your bridal look.

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