(Closed) When do I put on my veil and why?

posted 5 years ago in Accessories
  • poll: When do I put on my veil? (Cathedral Length)
    Before first look (then ride in car with it) : (24 votes)
    71 %
    Before portraits : (3 votes)
    9 %
    Just before the ceremony : (7 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @sheepandbear:  I’m having mine put in when I get my hair done, by the hairdresser who will pin it in. I’m taking it off for the reception too. 

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I had my veil put in while getting the hair done, then took it out sometime during the reception because a) it’s uncomfortable and, b) my friend wanted to wear it. Having said that, my veil was relatively short and only went halfway down my back.

    I think it would be really awkward wearing a cathedral length veil for 8 hours (not to mention the car rides and everything!) so, unless you’re doing all your formal photos during the first look, I would suggest leaving it off until you get to the church (just make sure the hairdresser shows a bridesmaid how to put it in).

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @sheepandbear:  Make sure you set aside some time to actually do that, then, and somewhere to put the veil and someone to take it away! I planned to take off my tiara and veil too (MIL wanted me to wear one and I wasn’t too keen on it), but just got so caught up in the post-ceremony rushing around that I didn’t get a chance. It didn’t matter much at all, but it was a little annoying to be wearing them the whole time.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @sheepandbear:  I’ll put mine on at the salon so the hair dresser can set it for me

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @sheepandbear:  fingertip length, so its not going to be the worst thing ever. My friend had a cathedral veil though, and she had it put in at the hairdressers…she didn’t seem to mind walking around with it for a few hours, but she did take it out at the reception. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would say that the people saying “Before the first look” are assuming you’ll be doing your formal portraits and everything during the first look and would want your veil to be a part of those photos. If, however, you only want the veil for the ceremony, put it on just before you walk through the door, then take it off at the end!

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Most people put their veil on when they get their hair done.

    The rest do so when they are getting dressed… so before the first look.

    That said, most Brides that would be saying this would be going with a MUCH shorter veil (Birdcage – Blusher – Fingertip – Manilla – Sweep – or Chapel)

    As you are going with a full-on Cathedral Length… trailing 1 to 3 YARDS behind your dress

    (I don’t think most Bees here read that tid-bit or understood it)

    I can totally understand WHY you are choosing to put it on as late as possible…

    Be that prior to The First Look… OR not to the Ceremony itself

    For the record…

    Princess Di wore a full-on Cathedral Veil (actually a Regal / Monarch Veil… in that hers was aprox 8 METRES in length)… and “somehow” managed to wear it and that HUGE Wedding Gown in the tight glass coach with her Dad the Earl of Spencer on her Wedding Day.

    So yes you will manage.

    There is no RIGHT or WRONG on this one… it is all about what you wish to do, convey in your Photos.

    And for removal… again whatever suits your fancy… most likely at some point BEFORE Dinner… either at the Reception Hall after you arrive… or after all the formal pics are taken following the Ceremony (Princess Di wore hers from St Paul’s Cathedral to Buckingham Palace, and wore for the formals there… Balcony – Throne Room etc)

    Hope this helps,

    PS… I’ve never worn a veil… but from what I’ve read they can be quite particular (probably WHY so many Brides have them put in at their Hair Appts).  IF you aren’t going that route, make sure you have someone who knows what they are doing.  You might want to go with that person for a practice session at your Hair Trial.  It would suck to own this gorgeous veil and not be able to get it into your hair / atop your head properly on the day of for both “the look” you are going for, but also Photos.

     

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @sheepandbear:  past finger tip but not to the ground. I’d have it put on at the salon no matter the length, and am bringing it with for my hair trial as well.

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