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The History of the Wedding Veil

The history surrounding wedding veils

Wedding veils have been worn throughout history and are an integral part of a complete bridal outfit. It is traditional for the blusher to be worn over the face on the way to the church – sometimes removed when the bride is greeted by her groom at the altar (such as in the case of Catherine Middleton at her wedding to Prince William), and sometimes left in place during the ceremony, only to be removed prior to signing the register (often done in a separate room away from the congregation).

Nowadays there is less formality to wearing a veil at your wedding, you can pick any style and wear it as you please, but veils are still considered the essential wedding accessory. There is so much flexibility and so many styles available so that wedding veils can be incorporated easily into your look and fit your personal style. A small, delicate wedding veil can look just as beautiful as a long, flowing style, but both make a bride a bride.

A wedding veil makes a bride a bride...

Wedding Veils are so important in completing your look on your wedding day. Often, dress photos and adverts are shown without wedding veils as the veil is made by a specialist accessories company, not by dress designers. This is where wedding shops come in; once you have chosen your dream wedding dress you should try on a few wedding veils and see how they complete your look. You may be surprised when you turn from a girl in a dress to a beautiful bride.

Wedding Veils do not need to be heavy or old-fashioned looking. Soft, delicate tulle and beautiful crystal, pearl or lace detail results in a light, halo-effect that softens your outline and gives you a beautiful bridal aura. If you do not want a long veil, there are many other options available such as face or birdcage veils, shorter styles or headdresses that incorporate tulle. Styles range from crystal scatters to lace mantilla veils. See our wedding veil gallery to view more styles.


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