…that is the question.
To some brides, the veil is the cherry on the top of their wedding “outfit” sundae. To others, it just makes them feel like a bee keeper. This is a question that a lot of brides struggle with, I certainly know I did, but in all honesty I didn’t know where this tradition came from or why a veil was significant. After a bit of investigating, I learned that a veil covering the hair and face is meant to symbolize the purity of the bride on her wedding day (thank you, wikipedia.com). Over time, it has become an iconic part of a bride’s wedding ensemble, however many modern brides have chosen to forego this tradition and wear something that fits a bit more within their personality. Lets be honest, its not every day you get to wear a fabulous hat in public.
I’ve seen all kinds of fun things over the years from cathedral length stunners to the very trendy Kate Middleton fascinator to sparkly clips tucked in an up-do. I have some brides who choose to wear nothing in their hair at all. At the end of the day, its a personal preference, and no matter what you choose it should make you feel fantastic.
For the longest time, I looked at birdcage veils and thought this was a look I could get behind – it was a little sassy, still had that fun nod to a traditional wedding veil and I thought it would make me feel more like a bride.
After trying on – oh – 100 of them, I realized the birdcage veil just wasn’t me. I absolutely adore this look on other people, but on me it failed. Big time. Back to the drawing board… I scoured the depths of the internet looking for ideas, poured over photos of other brides, tore through wedding magazines and nothing really spoke to me. I thought to myself – its fine, I just won’t wear a headpiece, but in the back of my mind I wasn’t completely ready to give up.
This weekend, my mom was in town to search for her dress for the wedding and we ended up in the bridal section at Nordstrom. The sales team very kindly pulled just about every style of headpiece you can imagine for me to test out. I learned a very valuable lesson that day: just like picking out your wedding dress – forget looking at images online, GO TRY THINGS ON. Try on things you think you don’t like, things you love and everything that falls in between because I promise you this – you’ll find something that surprises you…
…which is exactly what happened to me. I’m not going to go into too many specifics (because I’m not 100% convinced that Brian doesn’t read this), but it is something I wouldn’t have tried on and the minute I did, I fell in LOVE. Its not a veil, but to be honest I didn’t think I’d end up with one anyways. I can’t wait to try it on with my dress at my fitting next week – and don’t worry, I’ll let you all know how it goes :)