We’re not having a particularly traditional wedding so it probably comes as no surprise that I’m not going to be wearing a veil. So far, a lot of the people I’ve mentioned this to seem to have assumed that I’m going without the traditional headdress "just to be different", but the reality is a lot less subversive: I just think it would look funny on me.
I’ve never actually worn a veil, of course, but I suspect it would make me feel like I was in fancy dress, which would, in turn, make it difficult to relax. I’ve never wanted to turn up at my wedding wearing a "bride’s costume" – just a killer dress (and, of course, equally killer shoes), and veils have never really been a big part of that for me, as much as I think they can look stunning on other people.
I’ve noticed, though, that I don’t seem to be alone in this. Whereas it used to be the case that a beautiful veil was as essential as the groom for those in the throes of planning a wedding, I’m noticing that more and more brides are choosing to wear a tiara or fascinator instead, or to go bare-headed. Is the veil becoming a thing of the past? Are you going to be wearing one?
Oh, and for those of you who are wearing a veil, the one in the picture is £44 from The Wedding Veil Shop.