Look no further than our current, modern-day obsession with royal and celebrity weddings. Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra, Rose Leslie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mandy Moore just for starters. As stylistically different as each bride may have been on her wedding day, they all chose to wear a veil. Mandy Moore wed in untraditional pink, but accessorized her look with a long sheer pink veil. Priyanka Chopra’s wedding veil spanned a whopping 75 feet in length. Gwyneth said I Do for the second time, but that didn’t stop her from enjoying the fairytale tradition of wearing a bridal veil.
And OH, the royal weddings! Meghan Markle’s spectacularly modern, Givenchy Couture wedding day look was punctuated by a 16-foot long silk tulle veil embroidered with flowers that represented each of the 53 British commonwealth counties, topped by an impressive diamond bandeau that belonged to Queen Mary.
Ever fascinated by the larger-than-life display of royal weddings, our fixation with these magical moments a la mode can be directly linked back to the original trendsetting bride herself, Queen Victoria. At just 20 years of age in 1840, the young Monarch not only made the white wedding gown de rigeur on the big day when she married her beau, Prince Albert, but she also turned the bridal veil into wedding fashion gold, returning the once obligatory accessory to a new glorified state. Topped off with the Victorian tradition of an orange blossom wreath, Queen Victoria’s lace-trimmed veil will continue to inspire for generations to come.
History aside, what a bride chooses to wear, or not wear, on her wedding day can feel like a public display of her most private self. She is, you are, literally wearing your heart on your sleeve (even if you’re going sleeveless). Carrying on the tradition of wearing a bridal veil is a personal choice that may perfectly complete the look or may feel like a silly ode to a bygone era. But our suggestion is to simply give it a shot. Try on a few styles with your wedding gown. You just never know, your decision to wear a veil, or not, may surprise you. — IA