The latest bridal trend? Veils

June 27, 2016

Model Sabrina Shea wears a sleeved lace sheath Galina signature gown exclusively at David's Bridal, $549, and a Blusher veil, $85, at Lois A. Wigs.

When it came to bridal headpieces, the last decade featured glitzy (and often ostentatious) fascinators, birdcages, cloches and some too-busy barrettes.


This wedding season, as gown silhouettes collapse and Old World (and old Hollywood) sensibilities define modern and chic, veils are coming back to the trendiest nuptials.


During the Renaissance era, brides wore long, red veils, called flammeum, to ward off evil spirits. (This also is the reason brides carried bouquets of garlic.)

Back in the day of arranged marriages, women wore veils so the apprehensive groom would not run away if he didn’t like what he saw coming down the aisle.

Veils also symbolically marked women as property. Fathers lifted veils as they gave brides away, or grooms lifted them at the end of ceremonies foreshadowing consummation.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that wearing a veil became linked with the bride’s virginity. This was due in part to Queen Victoria’s decision to wear all white to her wedding to Prince Albert — although word on the street is that Victoria just really liked white. Also, thanks to Victoria, the length and volume of the veil became associated with status: For instance, cathedral-length veils (the most dramatic and longest versions) were reserved only for royalty.

Over the years, veils have remained key accessories in bridal fashion, even after Carrie Bradshaw attached a bird to her head in the first "Sex and the City" movie.


Celebrity brides Angelina Jolie, Amal Clooney, Nicky Hilton, Sofia Vergara and Chrissy Teigen all wore major veils at their weddings.


Depends on who you are as a bride. The fabulous news is veils of all lengths — blushers, fingertips, waltz and cathedral — are trending. When picking one, keep your venue in mind. For example, cathedral length might not work so well on the beach, but a blusher could be City Hall cute. And if you choose a tiara, keep it short. That, says Lindsay Dragone, associate buyer for accessories at David’s Bridal, is key to a modern veil look.

Makeup: Terell Maurice,, 267-304-9150, Instagram: @terrellhair.



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