Veils: Your Most Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to wear a veil?
A: Unless you need to cover your face in a conservative house of worship, wearing a veil is optional. Still, a veil is a bridal icon. You only get to wear one once — and many designers make veils that complete and complement the gown — so at least consider it.
Q: When do I take it off?
A: Your veil should be worn for the ceremony and your formal photo session. Afterward, it’s up to you. Some brides remove it en route to the reception, some leave it on until the final farewell. Most take it off after the first dance. If you think it will bug you or are worried you’ll trip over it on the dance floor, don’t chance it.
Q: Can I wear a veil with a tiara?
A: Veils can be worn over just about any hairstyle or hair accessory. They just require the right placement. In fact, many tiaras actually feature loops purposely made to help attach a veil. The trick is to choose a match that works together — if the tiara is up front and the veil is in back, it might look a bit disconnected.
Q: Do I have to wear a blusher?
A: Not if you don’t want to. Traditionally, the blusher (the shorter tier of a veil that falls in front of the face and is worn when walking down the aisle) was used in an arranged marriage to prevent the bride and groom from seeing each other until the deal was sealed. Now it’s more of a fashion decision. Plus many brides love the picture-perfect moment of their dad or groom lifting the veil.
Q: Can I wear a veil if it’s not my first wedding?
A: Modern tradition dictates there are no rules. These days veiling is more a question of style than a signifier of the bride’s virginity, innocence and modesty. Even so, skip the blusher — they are more appropriate for first-time brides.