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To Veil or Not to Veil?

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“In my opinion, a veil is the one truly ‘bridal’ piece a woman can wear,” says Gina Ludwig, owner of wedding accessories and styling shops Aisle Style Beauty and Hair Comes the Bride. “There are other times when she might wear a formal gown or hair accessories, but there is no other occasion in her life that she is able to wear a veil.”

Of course, some brides have no interest in wearing a veil despite the tradition; but for those that do, it’s OK to have your veil and accessories, too – simply choose a veil style that will accommodate your hair jewelry (either pinned beneath or over the top, if the accessories are small) and then remove it for the reception.

Alternatively, a bride could opt for a smaller veil-and-headpiece-in-one, suggests Rachel Leonard, fashion director for Brides magazine. Veil and headpiece specialist Sara Gabriel has numerous couture options, including a French netting side pouf with feathers and crystals and a tulle hair band with side tendril and ruffled silk organza flower.

[Photo: Hair Comes the Bride]

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