Wedding Traditions: The Veil

July 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A Calgary Wedding Photographer's Take on Wedding Traditons

There are so many traditions associated with weddings that it can be overwhelming! With input from Mom, Dad, aunts, uncles and grandparents you might start thinking that you are going to need two full days to get it all in and twice your original wedding budget!

This can be especially hard for younger brides and grooms who haven't been to as many weddings to see what some of these traditions look like in practice. You can see my blog on the bouquet and garter toss tradition here.

The Veil

I am here to tell you that while traditions are a big part of almost every wedding day not every tradition is for every couple so don't feel like your day will be ruined if you decide to change or just skip some of these traditions.

I'm not talking about traditions of different cultures or families, but all of the tings that can seem expected at a western style wedding in Canada.

A veil can be a very pretty addition to complement a wedding dress and add an air of mystery and traditional elegance to your look and to the couple photos. Some people don't like the traditional sentiment of the hidden bride so if it isn't for you just give it a miss. Plus during the night you will definitely get the back of the veil pulled every time you hug someone so whether or not you have a veil make sure to take it out of your hair before the serious hugging starts or you will be very frustrated with having your hair pulled a thousand times!


  • A veil can make for beautiful photos
  • Can really compliment the wedding dress and make it seem complete



  • Parts of the tradition come from out dated beliefs and customs
  • People might accidentally step on it or pull it when they hug the bride

Recommendation: If you like the look go for it, but if you can get the person who does your hair to show one of your bridesmaids how to put it in and take it out you can remove it at times you're going to be getting a lot of hugs!


Here are some of my favourite photos featuring a veil!

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