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“Would you… Wear a Veil or Not?”

June 1, 2013 | 15 Comments

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Hello, loves! Happy weekend! Did you / should you / would you wear a veil or not? Before we get to the answer, we have an exciting announcement: Emmaline Bride is now fresh on the weekend! The way we see it, your wedding planning doesn’t come to a halt because it’s the weekend; and, neither should the inspiration! In today’s post, we hope to spark some (fun!) wedding-related debates to see what you think about wedding ideas, trends, customs, traditions, and more. Today we’re asking the age-old question: should you wear a veil or not? The decision of whether or not to wear a veil is a personal one and should reflect your individual style. Some brides wear a veil because it’s the classic ‘look’, while others wear a veil alternative or nothing at all to reflect their style. I have to admit – I love it both ways! Today we’ve gathered up inspiration to show both sides of the veil debate, and we’ve opened up the floor for you to decide. Read on to find out more…

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Would You Wear a Veil … or Not?

Although the wedding veil has always been seen as a classic bridal staple, we’ve noticed many brides who have decided to swear off the look altogether. It’s no surprise, either – there are so many gorgeous feathered hair accessories, headbands, or hair pins available as an alternative. Plus, some brides may prefer to wear their hair down without anything covering their hairstyle, and that’s okay, too! A veil can add extra “oomph” to a simple dress, will give the classic ‘bridal’ look, and you only have one chance to wear one. On the other hand, no veil can show off an elegant wedding dress back, won’t upstage the dress, and won’t cover an elegant neckline, jewelry piece, or hairstyle. I think what is most important in the veil or no veil debate is to decide what is best for you. If you’ve always dreamed of wearing one, go for it. If you feel like it’s not your thing, it’s okay to skip! And, you can always compromise a little in the middle, too: wear a veil for your ceremony and take it off for your reception. Check out a few hand-picked Real Wedding examples below…

It’s a veil for bride, Brianna! She wore her veil lower so you could still see her elegant up-do.

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Bride, Lindsay, opted for a birdcage veil so she could have her veil and still show off her dress’ elegant V-shaped back and pearl necklace.

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Karis went no-veil in her laid-back rustic wedding.

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It’s a veil for Anne Marie! We think it looks perfect with her cute short ‘do.

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It’s no veil for bride, Shelby, who instead wanted to show off her gorgeous braided hairstyle. Love!

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Bride, Megan, wore a floral-inspired hair accessory at her lakefront wedding.

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It’s a veil for bride, Jeny…

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…who swapped to an elegant tulle-inspired hair accessory for the reception. We love!

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Now it’s your turn:

Would you / did you / will you wear a veil or not? Share your thoughts below!

Enjoy your weekend!



  • Kemi Adekunbi

    I would love to wear a veil. I think I am old fashioned

  • Sarah Leyland

    I going with no veil, but I do want a ‘little something’ in my hair… maybe ribbons, or fabric flowers. Does anyone have suggestions for suppliers?

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Hi Sarah! I can’t pick a favorite supplier (there’s so many I love!), but you can see tons of options for veil alternatives in The Marketplace http://EmmalineBride.com/marketplace. We’ve featured some examples in our Real Weddings http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/ section so you can see what brides chose with particular dress styles; this may be helpful when deciding which type of hair accessory to wear with your dress. When you find yours, let me know – I’d love to see what you decide!

  • Hannah

    So many different ideas on this one but I have to have a veil! There’s something just beautiful and noteworthy about it.

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Hannah, I agree! I’m a fan of the classic veiled look. I wore my mom’s veil from her wedding day; I loved it. It was the perfect mix of something old with my something new (my gown). Thanks for your comment!

  • Steph

    I opted for no veil. It just didn’t feel like me to wear one. Instead, for our wedding in June last year, I wore a white felt flower that I found on Etsy in my hair. It was a perfect match to the felt flower bouquets we crafted for me and my bridesmaids!

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Steph, great idea! I love how you coordinated the white felt flower in your hair with the bouquets; and, I like how you handcrafted the bouquets, too. I’d love to see how they turned out!

      • Steph

        Emma, I would love to share photos with you— how can I send them to you?

  • Sue

    I’ve been wondering the same thing. Thanks for this post! I think I’m going without a veil, but I still have time to decide. Our wedding is more laid back, so I don’t think a veil would fit, but like I said I’m still undecided.

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Sue, whichever you decide, I’m sure it will be the best decision for you!

  • Monica L.

    I vote yes! Although I might wear a hair accessory for dancing at the reception… the veil might get in the way.

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Monica, yes, great idea! What kind of hair accessory do you have in mind? There are so many gorgeous options available now… it would be hard for me to pick a favorite!

  • Jacqueline

    Yes! In my church, it’s a tradition for a bride to wear a blusher during the ceremony until the couple is married. When it’s time for the kiss, the groom lifts the blusher back over the bride’s head before kissing her. There’s something neat and symbolic about it. I would possibly consider trading it out for a flower at the reception, though.

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      I love that, Jacqueline! That’s such a wonderfully classic wedding custom; it’s great you’re keeping with your church’s tradition! And, the flower at the reception isn’t a bad idea, either – it won’t get in your way when dancing!

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