As a bride approaches her wedding day, a set of common questions usually plagues her. Bridal-gown designer Celest Thoi tells us how a bride should ultimately deal with her #veildilemma.
The choice of wedding headgear, among other pertinent questions, ranks high on the bride-to-be’s list of burning queries. Should I wear a veil? If I don’t, are there any alternatives? What sort of veil would best frame my features? And so on and so forth.
The answer is rather simple. It just depends on what sort of ceremony you’ll be having and ultimately, what’s your take on the veil itself is. Will the ceremony be steeped in culture and bear religious elements? From a geographical perspective, will your wedding be held indoors or outdoors? Do you intend to engage makeup experts to do wonders on that day? If yes, would you want to hide their efforts behind a veil? You need to ask yourself these practical questions before making any decision.
The veil, throughout the years, has had many uses and symbolic interpretations, depending on which part of the world you hail from. The uses of the veil range from exotic purposes such as warding off evil spirits that ‘prey’ on young virgin brides to symbolic gestures of commitment, whereupon the groom lifts the veil, indicating that he will take her under his protection. Although veils are no longer widely used to shoo off malignant spirits, they still remain a time-honoured icon of marriage and also double up as a fashion accessory. In this modern era, fashion designers have taken the liberty to enhance the traditional design of the veil, and have come up with many wondrous (and sometimes downright bizarre) pieces of art.
Veils come in various designs and sizes. The fabrics are mostly sheer, offering the eager groom tantalising glimpses of his blushing bride’s countenance without really revealing the full glory that will emerge once the veil is lifted (think of it as a teaser trailer for a movie with a lasting impression!). Over the years, the veil has undergone many transformations and evolutions with added embellishments. It has become a fashion accessory in itself and is given as much attention as the wedding dress.
This humble piece of fabric comes in many forms, some of which are as follows: