Veils were traditionally used on wedding days for a number of different reasons. A few hundred years ago, it was believed that the veil kept evil spirits away from the bride and protected her in the time that her father gave her up and her husband became her custodian. The veil was also used during arranged marriages. The bride’s father and husband-to-be would negotiate a deal for the bride’s hand, even though the husband-to-be had never seen her face. The bride was kept veiled until after nuptials had been declared so that if he saw her face and thought she was less than attractive, he couldn’t run away.
These days, veils are more commonly aesthetic, but who wants to hide from the proverbial evil spirits or cover up their great hair and make-up? Your groom already knows how gorgeous you are! Veils are losing popularity because their purpose is to obscure, but you can turn this tradition on its head and make it work in your favour. Before you can rock the veil, you should know a thing or two about your headpiece.
Veils come in different lengths and with different edgings and details, and should really thoughtfully complement the wedding dress. If you’re going to wear a simple wedding dress, you can add a bit more detail to your veil. But if your dress is an elaborate masterpiece, a simple veil should finish the look and never detract from you or your dress.
A great way to add subtle detail to your veil that won’t overpower your dress or your pretty face is to rock your veil. Adding pearls, rhinestones or crystals to your veil is a great way to add detail that won’t draw all the attention away from your overall look. Remember that if you add these delicate stones, they need to be “scattered” across the fabric and the veil will also need edging.
A final thought is that if you feel too screened off, rest assured that it will only be for a short time. Bat your eyelashes demurely and give your groom a sexy little smile while he lifts the veil. It should give him a suggestive hint of what’s to come after all the guests have gone home…
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