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Will you wear a veil for your wedding?
Traditionally, brides wore a veil with a piece over their face called a blusher. In some cultures, the blusher was thought to protect the bride, and union itself, from evil. In arranged marriages, the blusher was used to prevent the groom from seeing the bride before they were bound to each other forever… Romantic, right?
Nowadays, most brides wear a veil blusher-free, or even opt to go veil-free! There are so many fun alternatives these days to choose from, like:
La Perle – Meadow
Wings are two separate gauzy, flowing pieces of material such as tulle or chiffon, attached to the shoulders or back of the gown.
Wings, in our opinion, are the immediate upgrade of the veil. They are so fun for modern or bohemian weddings, or even elopements!
Casablanca – Rebekah
An overskirt is a fun, dramatic addition to a fit & flare, mermaid or sheath gown. By adding the skirt overtop a fitted gown, the dress is transformed into a voluminous a-line or ballgown. Then, the bride takes it off for the reception, changing her dress back into a stunning, flattering fitted look.
An overskirt is such a fun, extra addition. This look is perfect for a bride who believes more is more is more, wants two different looks on their wedding day, and isn’t afraid to hold the spotlight!
Casablanca – Angie
Similar to an overskirt, a cape is a fun addition to add on top of a gown. Unlike overskirts, capes can be worn over any silhouette, including a-lines and ball gowns.
While overskirts are a little more romantic, capes are a little more bold and mature. Capes are perfect for a bride who wants to feel a little less like a princess and a little more like a queen!
Elysee – Hippolyta
While puffed or slim sleeves can often be added to any gown, there is another type of sleeve that takes the place of the traditional veil: a veil sleeve!
Veil sleeves skim all the way to the floor, creating a billowing effect as a bride walks with them down the aisle. If you are planning on getting married in a forest or on top of a mountain, or want to embrace fantasy and whimsy, veil sleeves might be for you!
Wings, overskirts, capes and veil sleeves all act similarly to the traditional veil. They are worn down the aisle for the ceremony, and then removed for the reception. They are the cherry on top of the cake, the extra addition to truly make a bride shine and feel the most beautiful she ever has. We love these different options available to fit the personality of any bride, and also support those who want to stick to tradition and use a veil for their special day.
Do you think you’ll wear any of these for your wedding day? Let us know in the comments!