Historically, a veil was worn to hide the bride from evil spirits because until she was married, she was considered vulnerable to enchantment. The Romans took it one step further by opting for flame-hued veils to scare the spirits off. In more recent times, the veil has symbolised humility and respect during religious ceremonies and the length and weight dictated the bride's societal status.
Now though, the veil is merely a headpiece. For some, it still holds some symbolism or the sense of tradition but for those who aren't too keen on donning a veil on the big day, here are just a few alternatives of the many for you to consider:
Lending an air of sophistication to a simple, elegant gown, the jewelled head piece can be made of a variety of materials. Opt for pearls and vintage gold for a vintage themed wedding, or go for the crystal headpieces for a formal affair.
For brides that like the idea of a veil but want something a little more practical, the Birdcage is a wonderful option inspired by raceday fashion. Fastened with a decorative barrette or comb, the birdcage can be fitted to best suit your face shape and gown design.
The Cap Veil
One for the brides who like the tradition of a veil but not the historical 'lifting of the veil', the cap veil sits on the crown of your head and is fastened with either a headband or decorative comb. The textures available vary wildly from soft antique laces to soft tulle and can still carry the detailing of a traditional veil without the historical symbolism.
The Flower Crown
Especially popular for garden, boho or vintage weddings, the Flower Crown is a stunning and unforgettable veil alternative and can even supplant the need for a bouquet, saving on costs. Choosing in-season blooms which complement both your skin tone and dress design are key but the options are limitless, whether it's a simple greenery laurel wreath or a lush crown of regal blooms, the Flower Crown is possibly our most favourite veil alternative.