Kate Middleton bridal veil

Lifting the veil...

Veils are back in fashion thanks to the European royal families. Today a bride can choose from a vast array of veils, hats and floral crowns.

In the 19th century a bridal veil symbolised virginity and modesty. The veil was lifted by the bride’s father giving his virgin daughter to the groom or the groom lifted the veil to kiss her symbolising his conjugal rights.

Today a bride can still wear a veil that covers her face and the groom lifts it, particularly if it’s a Jewish or Christian marriage ceremony. However, most couples in the western world have already lived together and may even have children. So a veil can still be worn without it covering the face.

Here’s some favourites.

Blusher veil, elbow length – The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton best example.

Bird cage veil – shortest of them all and worn on the front of the face or covering the entire

Fly away – a short floaty style with layers of tulle, very 60’s.

Chapel length- the most formal; worn with a full gown and train.

Top tips about wearing a veil:

  • Your veil is an accessory, the finishing touch. It should complete your overall look.
  • Is your wedding semi to formal with a sense of glamour or very relaxed and casual. Match your headwear to your wedding style.
  • Wearing a veil just for your ceremony? Make it absolutely a showpiece. Your hair style needs to be just right to carry it off and support your veil.
  • Match the colour of your veil to your gown.
  • A veil with volume needs layers of tulle.
  • Secure your veil with a dainty tiara or elegant hair pin.
  • Attach your veil at the top of your head, a couple of finger widths back from the
  • Ensure your veil is really securely fixed to your head and hair so you can be a happy,
    confident bride.