Wedding Accessories: Must I Wear a Wedding Veil?

by The Knot

What's the story with wedding veils? Do I have to wear a wedding veil, and if so, for how long?


Besides being a bridal icon -- and coquettishly sexy to boot -- the wedding veil has many symbolic interpretations and uses around the world and in different religions. For example, wedding veils were once donned as protection from evil spirits or used to prevent the bride and groom from seeing each other until the deal was sealed in an arranged marriage. Times have changed, but the wedding veil remains a popular part of the bridal ensemble. That said, you do not


to wear a veil on your wedding day, just as you do not have to toss your bouquet, wear a garter, or smear cake on each other's faces. If you do choose to wear a wedding veil, it is traditional to wear a blusher-style veil down the aisle, which is then lifted by either your father (before he leaves your side), maid-of-honor (before the final vows), or groom (after the final vows). If you don't like the idea of wearing a blusher, you can certainly walk down the aisle with your wedding veil worn back and away from your face. How long you wear your veil is up to you. Some brides find them somewhat unruly -- especially if you're getting married at the beach or other windy locale -- and can't wait to take them off after pictures or before they hit the dance floor. Luckily, many wedding veils are now detachable, which means they simply Velcro to your headpiece and can be easily removed without ruining your hairstyle. Keep your options open: Try out a variety of veils when you go gown shopping to make your final decision. And if you decide you don't care for them, simply go veil-less and don't wear one at all!

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