Two Brides, Two Veils
By guest writer, Natalie Tsang of SimplyBridal
As a person who works in the wedding industry, I get my share of questions and problems. Recently, I was asked about the pros and cons of two veils for a two bride wedding. The easy answer is that weddings are always supposed to celebrate the couple, and in this case, the brides should wear what makes them feel beautiful, confident, and happy.
This may seem like an overly simplistic answer, but truly, there are no hard and fast arguments to be made against both brides wearing veils.
A Veiled History
While the most common veil in the west is the wedding veil, veils have a fascinating history outside of weddings. The earliest recorded instance of veiling for woman was in an Assyrian sumptuary law. This law dictated that only noble woman were allowed to wear veils, and it was seen as a status symbol. Among the Tuareg, Songhai, Moors, Hausa and Fulani of West Africa, women have not traditionally worn a veil, while men have.
Historically, the veil is viewed as a symbol of propriety and modesty, but also one of secrecy and romance. In addition to masks, medieval and Renaissance women would use veils to hide their identity when meeting with lovers.
For many women, veils are one of many wedding fashion accessories, and, for some, it’s a potent symbol. The most common reason that women choose not to wear veil is that it’s just not a right fit for one’s own wedding.
A secondary complaint is that the veil is emblematic of a bygone era where women were seen as property that needed to be concealed and protected. As I mentioned before, veils have a much more rich and complicated history, but this one perception which is particularly influential for women in the U.S. as they consider whether a veil is a good match.
If both you and your partner want to wear veils, go for it! There is a huge variety from which to choose.
A wedding veil is typically made of up one or more pieces of sheer material. Veils come in a variety of lengths; some of the most common are elbow length, finger length, floor length, and
chapel. Tiers refer to the number of layers of fabric in a veil. The most popular is the two-tiered veil, which includes a shorter piece of material — or blusher — which goes over the bride’s face. A veil with three or more tiers has a lot of volume and makes for a great dramatic effect.
While it may seem natural to pick two contrasting veils to be more visually distinctive, the most important consideration is to find a veil that matches the wedding dress or dresses.
Typically, simple veils highlight complex gowns and more ornate veils add elegance to classic silhouettes. In most cases, it’s much easier to match a veil to a dress than a dress to a veil.
If you and your partner do pick similar looking veils, you can personalize your look in how you position and accessorize it. Most veils can be worn at the top or the back of the head, or under an updo. Birdcage veils can be angled.
There are also a variety of ways to anchor the veil to the hair. Common accessories include flowers, jeweled pins, feathers, fascinators, and tiaras.
Personally, I think wedding veils are gorgeous accessories, acceptable for any wedding.
The real question is whether or not adding a veil or two to your big dal would be right for you!
Natalie Tsang is a writer and editor for the SimplyBridal blog. Read more of her work at SimplyBridal.com