It is said that a veil is what turns a woman in a beautiful white dress into a bride, and we agree! There is something so romantic about the flowing fabric and age-old tradition, whether it’s birdcage style or cathedral length and lined with lace. But, uh, when are you supposed to put on your veil, exactly? And do you wear your veil at the reception? We have what you need.
If you’ve decided to complement your wedding dress with any veil, here are a few things to keep in mind, straight from our experts.
When to put on your veil
While you might be tempted to put on your veil as soon as you put on your dress, think about your timeline first. If you are getting ready a few steps away from your first look, have your hairstylist put on your veil just before leaving the room so that it sits securely in place, but not on your way for the final touch ups as you are getting ready to. go. Get in the car to go to church? You may want to wait for your veil to be put on until you arrive, so you don’t risk creasing or removing it while getting in and out of the vehicle (which could mess up your hairstyle too!).
When to remove your veil
Removing your veil is totally up to you. Some brides, especially those who wear longer veils, choose to take their veils off after the ceremony and after the photos are finished, so they have a little more freedom of movement during the cocktail hour and reception. Others swap the longer style for a short blush so they can keep their bridal look without risking having their veil trampled while dancing.
If you wear blush on your face during the ceremony, look into the two-piece veils, where the blush and the longer veil are parted. Then remove the longer piece while leaving the blush in place.
How to keep your veil in place
While the comb attached to a veil can be pretty secure, the last thing you want is your veil to fly off in the middle of the ceremony! Instead, once your veil is positioned correctly, grab a few bobby pins that match your hair color. Gently use the pins to tie your veil more to your hair, making sure the pins are hidden under your hair. One or two pins on each side (crisscrossed for better grip!) Should do this.
Who should help you remove your veil
While your hairdresser is the best person to remove your veil after the ceremony, it may not be possible to ask them to stay for an hour or two after the hairstyle (and it could cost you more!). Instead, either ask your wedding planner to help you remove your veil, or your stylist to teach your mom or bridesmaid the best way to remove your veil without disrupting your business.
Once they’ve removed all of the pins that hold the comb in place, the person removing your veil should place a hand under your veil and over the comb, holding your hair in place. Then, with the other hand, they should start to gently pull the comb upwards. Once it has relaxed a bit, with their hand still maintaining slight pressure on your hairstyle, they should gently pull the comb out of your hair and head, tilting the comb away from your head so that when the ends of the teeth are out, the comb is at a 90 degree angle to the back of your head.