August 14, 2019
At almost every wedding, the bride asks me when I think she should wear her veil…and I always respond with this: You should do whatever you always dreamed…
…but this is what I recommend:
If it’s breezy or windy on your wedding day at all, I recommend not wearing it for bride + groom portraits, bridal party and family portraits before the ceremony, and instead, put it in before you walk down the aisle. If you do this, we will definitely still get photos of you with the veil at sunset portraits. If it’s windy, it’s hard enough to keep your hair out of your face, let alone a light fluffy veil! Trust me, the wind will take it wherever it wants!
If it’s not breezy or windy at all, then what I recommend doing is different depending if you’re wearing a short or long veil:
If you have a long veil (something that touches the ground), I still recommend doing what I explained earlier – put it in right before the ceremony, then we can still get portraits of you in it at sunset. When it’s long, it’s very difficult for you to walk, go up and down stairs, sit, or doing anything in! When I’m posing you and your groom or arranging bridal party and family for pictures, it can get stepped on, torn, muddied, etc. and you probably won’t feel like you can move around very easily!
If you’re wearing a short veil, then you can wear it for all preceremony pictures if you want – these are much easier to move around in! However, if you still want to be super practical, you could consider just wearing it for the ceremony and sunset portraits.
No matter what you decide, I will still always get photos of you in it at some point! This is completely up to you, but after seeing dozens of brides where their veil at different parts of the day, this is what I recommend!