“Do I need a veil?”

The wedding veil is a symbolic part of many wedding ceremonies and has a rich and varied history depending on your cultural or religious background. While the times are changing, wedding veils continue to remain a big part of many modern brides’ ensemble, but they are by no means a requirement!

When deciding if you want to wear a bride on your wedding day, consider these things:

  • Personal style. Simply put, it’s your choice. So if you don’t want to don a veil – or throw a bouquet, or wear a garter, or any other tradition – don’t! Try on a few veils while you’re dress shopping, and if you don’t feel like it’s your style, don’t wear one.

  • Location. Are you going to have an outdoor wedding? If it will be windy, for example, you may want to skip the veil altogether rather than deal with an unruly one.

  • It doesn’t have to be a long veil. Many brides imagine long cathedral-length veils, but they come in all styles and lengths. (Pro tip: traditionally, the longer the veil, the more formal the wedding, so if your ceremony is very upscale, you may want to keep the veil after all.)

  • Many veils are detachable. Some brides love the veil for the reveal during the wedding ceremony and for pictures, and then want to take it off and hit the dance floor! See about easily detachable veils for the best of both worlds.

  • Just try it before you knock it. Say Yes to the Dress star and all-around wedding tastemaker Randy Fenoli says, "With veils, I always say, 'You NEED to wear some kind of veil,'" Randy insists. "Without a veil, you're just a pretty girl in a white dress."

Want to wear something special instead of a veil? Here are some sophisticated and modern alternatives to the veil:

  • Flower crown. A flower crown is timeless, and can be designed to be a vintage throwback or a sleek, modern interpretation.

  • Tiara. A tiara will leave you feeling like royalty throughout your special day. Tiaras come and go in popularity, but we think the right look can be timeless.

  • Scattered jewels. For something unique and unexpected, scatter jeweled hair pins throughout your hairdo to create a stunning illusion of floating gemstones.

  • Birdcage fascinator. Now, this look isn’t for everyone, but it also isn’t just for British aristocracy! A classic lace look is far from silly, and is perfect for vintage-style seeking brides.

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