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  • Writer's pictureJoe Stoddard

Wedding Veil Etiquette – What Every Bride Needs to Know

There’s just something about a veil that beautifully completes any bridal outfit. The tradition, the flowing fabric, and the intricate details all create such a romantic look and feel.

If you’re planning to wear a veil on your wedding day, you might have a few questions about when to put it on and how long to wear it.

Here is what you need to know.

Putting Your Veil On

You may want to put your veil on once your gown is on, but it’s best to use your timeline as a guideline. If you will be doing a first look, get someone to help you with your veil before you leave the room, not before. If you will be traveling in a vehicle to your ceremony venue, rather put your veil on when you get there. This way, it won’t wrinkle, mess up your hair or rip when you’re getting out of the car.

Wedding Dress and Veil Hanging side by side

Taking Your Veil Off

When you want to take your veil off is a personal decision. Some brides prefer to wear their veil throughout their ceremony and during some of their photos, while others prefer to take it off directly after the ceremony. Another option is to swap the veil for a shorter blusher for the rest of the day. If you like the idea of a longer veil and a blusher, you might want to purchase a two-piece veil.

Bride wearing her wedding dress and veil

Keeping It In Place

Your veil will come with a comb, which will keep it in place throughout your ceremony. However, if you want to feel more secure, use a few bobby pins that match your hair color to attach the veil to your hair too. You really only need one or two pins on either side, hidden beneath your hair.

Wedding veil staying in place during the ceremony

Veil Assistance

If you want to remove your veil after your ceremony, get your hairstylist to help you. If he/she won’t be around, get your stylist to show one of your bridesmaids or your wedding planner how to do it correctly. You would start by removing the pins, while keeping the veil’s comb in place. The person removing your veil should place one hand under the veil on top of your hair so that the comb can be removed gently. Tilt the comb away from the head when pulling it out so that the teeth come out.

Bride took off her wedding veil for first dance

And there you have it, these are some of the general veil etiquette guidelines – don’t forget to get some beautiful veil shots.

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