(Closed) Do I have to wear my veil over my face in a Catholic Church?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

NO… there is no rule on this… do as you please (have always imagined it to be in your mind’s eye)

I am sure you’ll look absolutely STUNNING whatever you choose !!



Post # 4
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@iestynsmummy:  my parish does not require that, I’m not sure if any still do. However why don’t you just call your local priest or church and see what is required? Each parish has their own set of rules about these things 🙂

Post # 5
930 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve never heard of it before.  But sometimes a specific church/priest will have strange “stricter” so I would double check with the church if you think they might.  But again, I”ve never heard of it.

Post # 6
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Nope. My veil was cathedral length, didn’t even have a blusher, and my priest is a VERY traditional Italian priest and he never batted an eye.


Post # 7
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i’ve never heard of any rules concerning this. i didn’t wear a blusher, just my mantilla.

Post # 8
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m not wearing mine over my face, my priest is very strict and he never mentioned veil rules, I think you’ll be good to go!

Post # 9
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There is no rule about even having a veil.

Post # 10
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Nope, no official rule. In fact, my priest doesn’t allow brides to wear veils covering their face at all.

Post # 11
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

nope. I got married in a catholic church and did not cover my face. I had a cathedral length veil too, and a strapless dress. My priest never once told me how I should and should not look at my own wedding.

Post # 12
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Definitely not. If anything they would just require you to wear a veil on your head, but i’m not sure sure if many or any parishes here still would require that!

Post # 13
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Like PPs said, this is not required.  I had a cathedral veil that did not cover my face.

Post # 15
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

There are no rules I know of about wearing a veil.

…. HOWEVER, some churches still have quite strict dress codes for brides (depends on the priest) and ask the bride to cover her shoulders in church, for example. If you have a church which requires you to cover your shoulders and/or back, then a veil is usually acceptable as a cover up for your strapless dress if it covers your shoulders.

Post # 16
3697 posts
Sugar bee

There’s never been a rule that requires Catholic brides to wear a blusher over their face, or even wear a veil at all. (If anything, a blusher would be discouraged because it’s a holdover from the days of arranged marriages when the couple didn’t know one another and weren’t given the opportunity to consent to marriage on their own. There’s no religious significance attached to a blusher.)

Individual priests/parishes might have rules about what they consider appropriately modest attire (i.e. some parishes don’t allow strapless gowns, or frown on gowns with a lot of cleavage or a bare back). Sometimes a veil can help make a dress more acceptable by giving more coverage on your back/shoulders, but the blusher isn’t going to be an issue.

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