(Closed) When do you wear/ take off the veil?

posted 6 years ago in Accessories
Post # 2
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I wore my veil for the ceremony, but never took it off!  Although, my veil was only to the top of my shoulders, so it wasn’t getting in the way.

I would take off a Cathedral veil for the reception, but you might be able to get away with wearing a waist-length veil all night, if you wanted to.

I just loved the idea of looking like ‘a bride’ all night, and dancing in my veil 🙂

Post # 3
2563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had a chapel length veil and barely got to wear it!  We had an outdoor ceremony and it was super windy so I had to abandon veil.  I only wore it in a few pictures and had to hold on to it for dear life.  

Post # 4
257 posts
Helper bee

I had a fingertip length veil and wore it all day. I think it’s the longer ones that always seem to be removed, I can see how they would get in the way (dancing for starters)! I always planned to wear mine for the duration…. luckily it was comfortable enough for me to stick to my plan.

Post # 5
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I loved my veil! I had a cathedral length veil, and I wore mine through our pictures and then took it off right before the reception, only because it was kind of heavy lol. If you are enjoying wearing it on the day, then keep it on until you don’t feel like having it on! 🙂 

Post # 6
7502 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I wore my vail through the ceremony, picutres, intro and first dance. I took it off after our first dance and replaced it with a flower clip similar to this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/105221468/wedding-hair-accessory-wedding-hair?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=hair+flower&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all


Most of my brides remove the veil after the ceremony as well because it’s just not that comfortable to wear all night long.

Post # 7
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wore mine (cathedral length) for the ceremony and took it off for the reception – I didn’t wear it for formal pictures because we took them before the ceremony and I wanted my husband to see me look a little differently coming down the aisle – in retrospect I would have worn it for the pictures too. I took it off right away after the ceremony because it was catching on the beading of my dress… Alas 

Post # 8
23589 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Another here who took off my veil just before the reception.  But you can do it either way!

Post # 9
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I wore my fingertip veil for the ceremony and for pictures.  I took it off once I got to the ceremony.  I was originally going to take it off for all pictures outside the church, but last minute I left it on because it was a humid day and I thought it would help protect my hair.  I’m sooo glad I did, because my veil looked awesome outside, and I looked more like a bride.  

Post # 10
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had a waist length veil and took it off after dinner, meaning I wore it for the ceremony, pictures afterwards, grand entrance, first dance/father/daughter dance, cake cutting, and dinner. We took some pictures after dinner during sunset, and it was off for that.

Fun fact that I never realized would be a problem: I had a waist length veil, and my dress had beading on the back just above my butt (I joked that it was my “tramp stamp”) and the little prongs on the beading kept catching my veil and yanking it when I would go to turn my head/move around. Nothing ended up getting ruined, but I was very aware of it, and was very glad to take it off when I felt I didn’t need it anymore. It was a $150 veil (there was light beading around the edges) and so I didn’t want to take it off too early.

Post # 11
4888 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wore mine during pictures (before the ceremony), ceremony, and then until after our first dance.

I had my hair half-up, so it sat in the style, and went down to just below my butt.

Post # 12
2303 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

mine is fingertip length and I plan on wearing it through the ceremony and reception. our reception will be short and not include dancing, since it’s on a ship and will be really short. (gotta kick off the guests so we can go on our honeymoon cruise)

Post # 13
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

rbhs117:  If you go with a cathedral length veil, I would take it off for the reception since it’ll get in the way.  

I wore a floor length veil for the ceremony and photos, and replaced it with a rhinestone hair comb right before the reception.


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