In a recent discussion, the topic was whether or not guests should wear white at a wedding, when many of us avoid doing so because the bride should stand out on her big day. Wearing white on your wedding day has always been a sign of purity. The veil is the next thing that's purchased after the wedding gown. What does your wedding veil say about you? For today's post, we'll look at the a few traditions and etiquette rules behind wearing a long veil or not wearing one at all.
The long veil has the tradition of it being lifted over the bride's head before the first kiss. If the groom lifts the veil, it shows his dominance in the relationship. Today, the more independent bride may lift her own veil to show they are more equal in the relationship.
When shouldn't you wear a veil? According to etiquette rules, you shouldn't wear a veil if you've been married before, if you're pregnant, or are living together before marriage. It's also not necessary to wear a veil if the weather is too hot. It's a personal decision to wear one in warmer temperatures. I would suggest a birdcage veil in the warmer climates because they can be just as beautiful.