Updated: Sep 23, 2018
When you’re shopping for your wedding veil you will find that there are a number of different styles and lengths to choose from, made in a variety of materials, including bridal illusion, tulle, English netting and chiffon.
Veils are also available in one, two or more tiers or layers, of the same or varying lengths; but bear in mind that several layers of netting can become quite opaque and may hide any fine detail on your wedding gown. In addition, you may come across the word ‘blusher’. This is a single layer of veiling which covers the face, and an optional element of a bridal veil.
Your choice of veil may also depend, to a degree, on the length and style of your wedding dress. For example, if your wedding gown is very ornate then as a general rule a plainer veil will best complement it. Whereas a wedding dress of a simpler design will harmonize beautifully with either an ornate or plain bridal veil.
The origin of the Wedding Veil
The word veil derives from the Latin velum which means to cover but the origins of the wedding veil, as we know it today, are a little more uncertain.
Some people believe that the bridal veil originates from the Romans and Greeks, whose brides were covered in brightly coloured materials to protect them from evil spirits. Whilst others believe that the wedding veil is a development of the popular fashion in Victorian times of women covering their faces with netting.
However, whether to wear a veil or not is of course a matter of personal choice and not a necessity. So with this in mind, and as there are a number of different styles of wedding veil available, and because, on your wedding day, you may wish to wear something other than a veil in your hair, here we have put together some information and ideas that you may find helpful.