(Closed) To Veil or Not To Veil at the Reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had a cathedral veil, so after our first dance I took it off.  It wasn’t meant to be a dramatic change, it was just because I was tired of carrying it everywhere, lol.

If you like your veil, with that length if you want you can wear it all night if that’s what you would like to do.

Post # 4
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I have a cathedral veil as well, and I can’t imagine wearing it to the reception withuot someone stepping on it and ripping it!  But you have an elbow length (smart!) so I think you’ll be fine.  Wear it all night!  I’ve seen some photos of brides at receptions with veils on. 

Post # 5
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I never thought I would wear a veil; a bought a vintage brooch that had been turned into a hair comb and loved it so much I thought I would wear it for both ceremony and reception. But those crafty ladies at the bridal salon showed me what ended up being the perfect veil…so I had to get it. Then they added the perfect mini-tiara to it…and I had to have that, too (despite saying I would HATE a tiara). So, I’ll wear the veil and the tiara for the ceremony and the hair comb for the reception.

Post # 6
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I am still in love with my veil – and I got married 3 months ago!!  I wore mine all night.  If you want to keep it on, keep it on… if, halfway through the night, you feel like you want to take it off, then take it off.  It’s up to you! 

Post # 7
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am doing both a dress and veil change for my reception.  I can’t imagine keeping up with my cathedral length veil the entire reception.  But, with your veil length, especially given how much you love it, I would definitely keep it on as long as I could.

Post # 8
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think its completely your choice, and you actually have a good size veil to keep on all night if you so choose. I personally am going to take mine off before the reception. I wasn’t even going to wear a veil, but its my moms and I know how much it’ll mean to her so I have no problem wearing it for the ceremony.

Post # 9
79 posts
Worker bee

I wore my veil all night long…all night, all night (channeling Lionel Richie). My reasoning was there is really only one time in your entire life that you can wear a veil and when it’s over, it’s over. Wear that thing like you mean it…for the whole wedding!

Post # 11
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I had 2 layer chapel veil.  The top layer was short (elbow length) and as much as I would have loved to wear it all night, it wouldn’t have been a good idea. But, I really wanted to wear a veil and I didn’t want to get another one so I asked the seamstress to make the bottom layer detachable.  It worked out perfectly.   

Post # 12
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I wore my elbow-length veil all evening.  It sounds like yours is similar to mine, which was a champagne colored net, with gold stitching on the edge, and crystals sewn in two staggered rows near the bottom.  I love it lots and lots, and there was no question but that I was going to wear it as long as possible.

One word of warning – everybody comes up at the reception and puts their arm around you.  There is a certain amount of hugging, but since the photographer is skulking around, people seem to realize that they shouldn’t block the shots of the bride.  That arm-around-the-shoulders position results in a lot of tugging on the veil!  It took me a few uncomfortable moments to realize that I should duck my chin when the arm came up, so that when I raised my head back to normal I would have some slack in the veil.

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