At one time no bride would consider her look complete without the all important veil. Then for a period, veils faded from use and some brides considered hats, feathers, hair jewelry, tiaras without veils and fresh flowers. All of those can be lovely but many of us lamented the disappearance of the bridal veils.
We are seeing a resurgence of interest in veils and a generation of brides who need to become reacquainted with them as an important fashion statement and a magnificent part of the wedding costume.
Veils have always been a symbol of youth and virginity. At one time, the veil was not lifted until the bride was a legally married woman. Even today, in some cultures this remains the very first time the groom "sees" his bride.
We remind our brides that they have options. You may continue the tradition of wearing a "blusher" veil over your face until the clergyman pronounces you "husband and wife". At that point either the groom or you honor attendant will lift the veil.
If you prefer you can have it lifted earlier in the ceremony just after your father (or whomever has walked you down the aisle) has placed your hand in the hand of your groom. At this point the groom may lift the veil giving you both good eye contact as you exchange vows.
If you are having a double ring ceremony, your honor attendant can lift your veil before handing you the groom's ring.
You may choose to wear a veil of any length and forego the use of the "blusher" that needs to be lifted. That seems less cumbersome to many brides and does away with the risk of disturbing the headpiece that secures the veil in place.
When selecting your important wedding gown, ask your consultant to suggest a veil to complete the look. Many brides choose to wear a veil for the ceremony and remove it for the reception. Your consultant can suggest many ways to make a veil detach from a gorgeous headpiece if that is your choice.