To veil or not to veil

My sister just got engaged (hurray!) so naturally we have spent many nights over the phone discussing everything from invitations to shoe height and possible honeymoon destinations. Last night, whilst fine combing the Internet for inspiring photos of flower arrangements, we happened to come upon the now famous wedding photo of Jessica Biel and a jumping Justin Timberlake. What had started out as a friendly conversation about lilacs quickly turned into a heated squabble when I, seeing Jessica’s dreamy tulle veil, asked her what style of veil she would want to wear.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Turns out, my sister has strong feelings about veils. Basically, she is convinced that they are hideous with offensive connotations to “purity” and could never ever imagine herself wearing one. I surprisingly found myself on Team Veil, fiercely defending a piece of fabric I never realised I cared about.

Out-dated or classic?

While I agree with my sister that a veil is not necessarily trendy per se, to me it certainly feels like something that will never go out of style. It is simply a classic.

Classic does not mean boring or old fashioned. Luckily we live in a world where an overwhelming amount of veil styles and tips is only a quick Pinterest search away (if there is such a thing as a ‘quick’ Pinterest search). Among the many birdcage veils, lace trimmed veils and vintage veils available, you are bound to find something that will fit you perfectly, hopefully saving you from cringing when looking at your wedding photos a few years later.

A different kind of veil

As for the symbolic connotations to purity, well yes, they are there. However, for me it is certainly not the first (or even the second or third) thing that enters my mind when seeing a veiled bride, and I’m quite certain most people would agree with me. As with almost everything, it boils down to personal choice and style. I love the idea of looking like a truly classic bride, a once in a lifetime look for a once in a lifetime day, and to me nothing is more bridal than a gorgeous veil.

So how did the argument with my sister end? Well, she is still firmly opposed to the idea of wearing a veil, but before hanging up we finally agreed: the only thing truly out-dated is to wear something you are not comfortable with.

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