The Veil

I’ve mentioned before, in my talk about flowers, that I’m truly a flower child at heart. So when I think of the wedding and my headpiece, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that flowery thoughts like this were absolutely considered in choosing what I would wear on my wedding day.

Photo by: Amelia Lyon Photography on Bridal Musings via

Something like that, with a loose braid—it definitely stood out amongst the many other options there are for a modern headpiece. But, like other little girls, I’ve dreamed of my wedding for a long, long time and I knew that regardless of the kind of gown I got, I wanted a veil. Not a birdcage, not a tiara, not clips—an actual veil. The next question was…what kind?

Before I did my internship at a wedding venue, I was naive enough to think that there were a variety of lengths and you could have some details around the edges, but that was about it. Oh boy, was I wrong. So imagine my head spinning when I went dress shopping and they asked what kind of veil I wanted. What length, what style, what trim—I mean, there are a lot of freakin’ options. Options are a good thing, of course. But as soon as my consultant started pulling out the different styles for me, I realized I already knew exactly what I wanted.


Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography

Just like with our color scheme, a vision immediately came to mind, and my vision was this picture. I know there are a ton of them out there, but this one specifically is the one that I had in mind. I wanted a veil long enough to cover me and Mr. Otter, to get a gorgeous photo like this one. When they showed me the veil with detailing to match my dress? I was sold.

Now the question: Unlike some brides, I won’t be changing out of my gown at the reception. I’m in love with that bad boy and I’m going to wear it all night long…but, I may just be a two-veil bride. I want one to wear during the reception, and one this long just won’t do since it’s so long and far too pretty to get ripped!

So what do you guys think—is wearing two veils acceptable? Too much? Or do you agree with me that, more than likely, nobody will notice the change anyway?


Mrs. Otter

Indianapolis, IN
Wedding Date:
April 2013

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1411 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:47 am

    Ooooh… that big veil and the sunset photo is just stunning. Can’t wait to see a picture of your matching veil!

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    Brielle 9375 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:59 am

    I love that pic! It’s beautiful!

    I just wanted to say that I, too, chose a cathedral-length, raw-edge veil, and I actually wore it the entire night. My bridal salon showed me that it easily could be bustled with the addition of a single, clear snap!

    However, if you would prefer to have two veils of differing lengths, I think that would be fine, too!

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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:59 am

    I’m doing a super long veil that matches my dress too! I hate bustles and wanted some drama coming down the aisle without having to have a train on my dress that would later be bustled…as pretty (and expensive) as it is though, I’m just going to ditch the veil pre-reception though, I honestly have never seen a bride IRL wear a veil after the ceremony, reception is party time, I don’t want to be worrying about accessories :)

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    78h2o 1710 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:19 am

    I think two veils is fine! I wore a finger-tip length veil and thought I was going to take it off at the reception, but the pins holding the veils were stuck to the pins in my updo, so I just left it it. It didn’t bother me much as all… DH just had to be careful when we were dancing that he put his hand under the veil, not on top! :)

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    ddavila2001 611 posts, Busy bee @ 10:45 am

    I like the idea of two looks. I did a cathedral, mantilla, lace edged veil my mother made for me for the ceremony. It brought serious drama as it blew in the breeze during my ceremony and YES, I did get a beautiful pic in like the one you posted as well! For my reception I switched my hair to a chignon and added a flower accessory. I like drama and I think most people do too (oooh, change!) I say go for it!

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    Mrs. Eagle 2166 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:53 am

    I was a two veil bride! I had a cathedral veil for the ceremony and switched to a fingertip length veil (what can I say… I really like them long, lol) – which were both mantilla veils – for the reception. I actually made my reception mantilla – it was easy!

    People did notice my change and really liked it! I think girls will notice more than boys. :)

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:29 am

    A lot of brides wear two veils.
    I think it’s a great idea, especially if you want a long veil that’ll be likely uncomfortable to wear during your reception.

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    Mrs. Gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:39 am

    Definitely yes to the two veils! I wanted a cathedral length with a blusher, and found a vendor on etsy who just made them into two veils, on two combs, for a $10 charge. PM me if you want her name- her veils are beautiful!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:44 am

    Ah! That picture is perfection! I think two veils is perfectly acceptable, you’re the bride, no one will question it!

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    Jls3824 55 posts, Worker bee @ 12:34 pm

    I think you can take off the long veil for the reception instead of having to wear another veil for the reception.

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    mzjynxie 858 posts, Busy bee @ 1:26 pm

    Nothing wrong with two veils….a bride can change her dress, shoes, jewelry, doesn’t matter as long as she and her SO are happy.

    I wasn’t sure how long a veil I’d want, but that photo sold me – what’s the length?

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    Mrs. Panda 1329 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:44 pm

    I love the cathedral length veil. That picture is absolutely stunning. I was thinking about getting a cathedral length veil and just taking it off during the reception

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    scottishmrs 2823 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:50 pm

    A two veil bride is totally ok. I only have the one veil. It was fingertip length and I loved it. But it kept getting hooked on things and I took it off half an hour into the reception (I kept the comb in though).

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:57 pm

    I love the long veil. Such a bold statement!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:48 am

    Or instead of two veils maybe you could have a headpiece (headband, flower, tiara) to wear at the reception? I am removing the veil after the ceremony but have a gorgeous headpiece that I am wearing throughout the day!

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