Wedding veils are still popular with brides. Their history is a long one and many have ascribed serious symbolism to the wedding veil. They come in all sizes and shapes. Some have wonderful hats with a small veil. Others have veils that are as long as the wedding dress’s train. Because veils are rarely used in our everyday life, they can take the look to another level. They make the bridal costume something special.
The typical tradition is to have the veil over the bride’s face as she enters. She is then can be unveiled at either of two points. The traditional one is to unveil the bride when she meets the groom at the end of the procession. Usually the father unveils the bride to reveal her (so the groom knows what he is getting). Another point is when they are declared married and the groom lifts her veil to kiss her. Then again, many bride do not cover their face at all. The bride walks down the aisle with her wedding veil already back.
The most common issue that I encounter with veils is that they come off too easily. This is especially true with the long veils because they simply have more weight. As the bride moves around with her dress, there is great chance for it to get caught and pull off. So it is important to pay attention to this during the ceremony. The bride should take care to not move around too much. The critical points are when she arrives and the couple place themselves in front of me and when we go and come back from signing the register. It is helpful to have the maid of honor pay particular attention to caring for the veil and dress when the bride is moving around.
The second most common challenge is the wind in outdoor weddings. This is especially the case with small veils. The wind will just whip that up in no time. The bride could be spending her time during the ceremony fighting her veil that is flipping over her face during the whole time. Not only is that annoying, it makes for lousy pictures too.
There are two possible solutions to this. The first is simply to pin the veil down. The second is to move the bride from her usual side to the other side so that she is facing upwind. Of course, this means that the whole bridal party will need to shift sides as well. The wind direction is therefore best determined before the ceremony and a decision to shift the sides should be made before the start of the event. I usually do the old golf trick of taking a few blades of grass and throwing them in the air to determine the wind direction. If we need to shift sides, I get the groom to move right away and let the bride know as well before she enters. Then all goes smoothly and the veil adds the beautiful touch to the bride.