Veil On or Off At The Reception?

posted 3 years ago in Accessories
  • poll: If you're wearing a veil, did/will you continue to wear the same veil at your reception?
    Yes : (7 votes)
    15 %
    No : (35 votes)
    74 %
    Other - I changed into a different head-piece for the reception : (5 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    I think the norm is to take it off, but really you can do whatever you’d like!

    I’m wearing a cathedral length veil so once the ceremony, photo’s etc. are done i’ll be taking it off for the reception (i’d love to keep it on but I’m sure it will just get in the way!)

    As yours is shorter, if you love it there’s no reason you can’t keep it on! you could always just leave it on and see how you go, if it gets annoying, get one of your bm’s to take it out and check your hair is still all in place and you’re good to go! 🙂

    Post # 3
    Member
    297 posts
    Helper bee

    I will wear a cathedral veil and i am not keen on dragging it along all night long. I will take it off at some point at the receiption (before dinner is served??), there are fun ways to do so like a veil dance etc. I just don’t want it to be destroyed in that process. Like every femal guest rips a piece out and whoever gets the biggest piece will get married next.. I have seen brides wearing their veils all night long and didn’t like it, just doesn’t look right to me. 

    Post # 4
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    158 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I wore a simple drop veil and kept it on for my fist dance with the wife, and also when I danced with my Dad. After that I removed it, but only because I didn’t want it in my way when I was stuffing my face with food and booze 🙂

    Post # 5
    Member
    9 posts
    Newbee

    I plan on taking it off at the reception once i’ve worn it for our first dance. I’ve seen other brides wear it during the first dance and think it’s lovely

    Post # 6
    Member
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I wore my chapel-length veil the entire night! It was so beautiful and I’d spent enough money on it that I figured I might as well. I saw an actress in a silent film just walking around at her reception with her long veil draped over her arm, so that’s what I did. It really didn’t get in the way; I let it hang to the floor when I was standing still, and just picked it up to walk or dance (tulle is so light you can barely feel it). Of course, we weren’t outside the whole time nor were there tons of people; I’m sure if that were the case it might not have worked as well.

    Post # 7
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    7265 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I took my fingertip veil off because every time someone hugged me, they pulled on it.

    Post # 8
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    2132 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    My veil is fingertip, and although I love it, I’m definitely going to take it off for the reception AND the outside pictures.  I didn’t spend a ton of money on my veil and I love the back of my dress even more (though you can see it through the veil, I still want pictures of it without a veil in the way).  A bunch of my out of state friends have gotten married recently and kept their shorter veils on all night, and honestly I got sick of looking at it in EVERY picture.  Veils are beautiful, but they do originate from a religious context, and don’t really give the “I’m ready to celebrate and have fun” vibe to me.  Plus I think the thing tugging on my head from the wind and people hugging me would drive me nuts.  That’s just me though.  I wouldn’t worry about it too much.  If you are unsure, just do what feels right on the day.  Put in on and take it off if it bugs you or you get sick of it.     

    Post # 9
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    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I loved my veil! I wore it through the first dances but then I took it off. As beautiful as it was it got in the way and I had very little peripheral vision in it! I also wore a blingy headband so I still had that on all night long!

    Post # 10
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    2261 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My veil is cathedral length, it will come off as soon as we get to the bridal room at the reception hall. I have a big headpiece I’ll be wearing under it so I’d like to show it off at the reception. 

    Post # 11
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    3876 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I kept my fingertip lenght veil on for the special dances, then took it off for the rest of the night. (My veil was attached under my updo with a comb, so it didn’t affect visibility or anything like that.)

    Post # 12
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    1817 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I wore my catherdral length veil and a flower head piece for the ceremony but then removed it for the reception. My head piece was big enough to stand on its own so it wasn’t so sad to take off my veil.

    Post # 13
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    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I wore a cathedral veil and a shorter veil as well. I took the cathedral veil off, but left the other on. I loved my shorter veil as it has a lot of beading on the sides.

    Post # 14
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    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I wore a cathedral veil so it wasn’t practical to wear it during my reception. 

    Post # 15
    milkcowBee
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton

    Cynderbug:  I’m wearing a floor-length veil for the ceremony and pictures, then changing into my sister’s shorter (maybe elbow-length?) veil for the first part of the reception – our first dance, father-daughter dance, etc. I might end up keeping it on the whole night, but I think I’ll probably take it off after the dances so I don’t have to worry about it – it’ll be a game-day decision!

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