Basically, the definition of a veil is to obscure, mask, shroud or cover. Some say the veil was due to the circumstances of an arranged marriage. The veil was used to cover the brides facial futures from her groom. It was lifted just after they were married - just in case he didn't like her features and wanted to back out of the deal. Others say the veil was used as a sign of the brides submissiveness and obedience to her husband.
Whatever the case may be, it seems that veils are here to stay. There are different types of bridal veils and we'll discuss them here.....
First time brides tend to favor the blusher veil as it signifies the brides innocence and modesty. The veil usually falls just above the bust and just below the collarbone. Traditionally, the groom lifted the veil the first time when he kissed his bride. However, currently many fathers of the bride opt to lift the blusher veil just before he gives his daughter away in marriage.
Older brides or encore brides tend to opt for the birdcage veil. This veil works wonderfully with cocktail dresses or suits and is great for a civil ceremony. Usually it is made of Russian netting - an wide open weave netting.
Veil: BatCakes Couture
Cathedral veil (seen in the first photo)
Back in the day - it was said that only brides being married in a cathedral could wear a cathedral veil. This veil should extend 6 to 12 inches past the length of the train. The cathedral veil should be removed prior to the reception.
Photo credit: Fer Juaristi
Probably one of the most popular choices for brides because it is flattering to most brides and bridal gowns. The fingertip veil is so named because it extends to the brides fingertips. The fingertip veil can be worn throughout the ceremony and reception.