Post # 1
I never thought I wanted a veil until I watched a “Say Yes to the Dress” marathon yesterday and every single time they “jacked up” a bride she looked 100x more “bridal”. Now I’m second guessing my choice. Is it possible to look “bridal” without a veil or should I have one?
Post # 3
Of course it’s possible to look bridal without a veil. That look gets pulled off all the time. I’m a fan of veils, though, especially when they are worn over the face.
Post # 4
Try one on with your dress and see how you like it
Post # 5
I didn’t really word that correctly. I know I’ll look like a bride without one, but will I take everyone’s breath away and make them cry? lol Is the veil the extra piece that puts the dress over the top? It seems that way on the show, but I’ve never tried one on so I dont’ know if that’s just for effect or if people really react that differently once the veil is added.
Post # 6
In my experience the veil actually makes a huge difference. It is also extremely flattering, especially for larger ladies since it softens/conceals any arm and back fat and gives you a more etherel look. But hey, each to their own, as they say. 🙂
Post # 7
@sarahlouise81: Oh, ok.
Yes, a veil is probably necessary to get the “take everyone’s breath away and make them cry” effect. Not only because of how they look, but also the lifting of the veil by the father or husband; it’s a very sweet moment. If the veil is long, the way the veil trails behind the bride and drapes over steps can get guests teary eyed.
If you’re dress is gorgeous enough and dramatic enough, it may be able to achieve this effect on it’s own, but I would get a veil just to be on the safe side.
Definitely go try some veils on, as many styles as you can. Not only can it be lots of fun, it can really accentuate every part of your look. You’re hair, makeup, eyes, the shape of your body, and your movements can all be made more beautiful and more eye-catching by wearing a veil.
Post # 8
A bride MUST wear a veil! Just my opinion
Post # 9
I hate veils. I was determined not to have one. Then I found a sparkly one. A very sparkly one. And I loved it. So I wore it*. I did NOT wear it over my face and would never have entertained that for one moment.
Honestly – it looked gorgeous, but it pissed me off.
We got married outdoors. It was windy. Veil everywhere. Many “horizontal veil” photos.
Lots of people hug you after the ceremony – yay! Downside – they ineviably pull on your veil.
I took it off an hour after the ceremony. My dress had a lot of detail at the back, too, so it’s nice that some of the photos are with the veil and some are without so it shows off my dress.
* Actually that’s a lie. The veil I liked was almost $400. I went to eBay and found a similar one (even MORE sparkly!) and bought it for $30 delivered. It was even better than the one in the bridal store – and since I didn’t spend a ton on it, I didn’t care about only wearing it for 90 minutes total.
Post # 10
@sarahlouise81: I didn’t think I wanted one, until I came to try one on and it completed the feel and look for me, so I suggest go back and try one on with your dress.
Post # 11
I was planning not to wear a veil, but this post has me reconsidering.
My dress is blush pink with ivory lace overlay, I wonder how an ivory lace veil would look?
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I want a long veil to get the dramtic blowing in the wind photo. I think a veil automatically makes you look more “bridey”, but it isn’t required.
Post # 13
@sarahlouise81: i just got my dress last night. I didn’t think I wanted a veil…and then the sales woman grabbed one and put it on me with my dress….and I LOVED it.
I was actually kinda caught off guard by liking it so much. I said to my girls…..”I wasn’t thinking of getting a veil…” And they insisted about how amazing and complete it looked…so i got it!
Post # 14
@Rhopalocera: This is my second marriage (first wedding) so I won’t be wearing it over my face. But I like the other points you made. I do prefer the long ones, and I’ll be coming down stairs so that will be dramatic. 🙂
@Spideykiss: Great points! I wouldn’t have thought about the hugging thing. Our wedding will be indoors, so I won’t have to worry about wind but you’re right…that would be annoying.
@CatyLady: I think I will! 🙂
@blushpinkbride: That would be so pretty! 🙂 I love blush and ivory together. 🙂
@memo: 😀 Yep! That’s the moment I’m talking about. The dress is gorgeous without the veil, but then they put it on and everyone starts bawling. lol I’m glad to know it happens IRL and not just on wedding shows. 😉
Thanks for all your input! It’s very helpful. 🙂 I’m definitely leaning towards a veil now. 🙂
Post # 15
@sarahlouise81: That’s great! I only mentioned the lifting of the veil because that’s one of the tear-inducing things that can be done with it, by the way. I know it’s not for everyone.
I’m really curious about what kind of veil you may choose, and what your dress looks like lol.
Post # 16
@Rhopalocera: This is my inspiration:
I found an almost identical top at Anthropology, and a tulle skirt from Etsy. The skirt has a champagne colored sash and I’m adding a Swarovski crystal embelishment to it. I’m thinking about a veil like this (waltz length – I just learned that term tonight!)