Thursday, January 08, 2009

Rush Hour Wedding Planning -- Veils?

Well, as you area residents know, traffic downtown has become a nightmare. With the Obamas in town and the inauguration right around the corner, I am currently stuck on a bus in traffic.

Slowly making my way from my office in NW DC to our apartment in SE, Capitol Hill.

With so much time to kill (and with it being 2009, the year we get married!) My thoughts drifted to the wedding.

More specifically the question of "to veil or not to veil."

I am not a short girl. Not even close. I will be buying extra length on my dress to accommodate my six foot tall frame.

Veils, while beautiful and something I always wanted, concerned.

Cut to my first dress expedition at David's Bridal. They threw a veil on my head to compliment the dresses I was trying on.

I looked like I had a lacey poofy white fountain springing from my head.

My mind was completely turned off to the idea from that point on. Then Mama JeffMemorial said that I just HAD to wear a veil.

Now I know I don't have to. While it is tradition, it has become a take it or leave it based on preference.

I kind of do want one now, but then another question arose.

My hair will be just above shoulder length, down, and straight. I am going to have one side of my hair swept up in a pin. How do you make a veil work with that, especially when you're a girl who adores symmetry?

Well I started researching and saw all these different kinds of veils. Long ones, short ones, sheer ones, birdcage veils.

Yet another time I learned that there are so many things that seem straightforward with weddings before you actually plan one. The amount of veil choices is endless.

I am still on the fence.

Some say you aren't a bride without one.

Others say it is an out of date tradition.

Then there are those who just don't care!

Where do you fall? Would you adhere to traditon or no? Or do you just like veils?

One of the neat things about researching veils is how there are so many modern and unique takes there are on the idea of a sheath of fabric.

What are your favorite styles?

I will end this as I have survived the pre-inauguration traffic and I am home!


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Blogger Unknown said...

It sounds like your hair would look super cute with a bird cage veil!!

Thursday, January 08, 2009 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger Ellen Lau said...

I guess I had always assumed I would wear a veil, but at first my fiance told me he would hate it if I did. Of course, that made me look much more wistfully at them at the store, but I resigned myself. Then it turns out that he just hates the tradition of the veil being over the bride's face, and he would have no problem with it being over my hair. However, now that I have the option, I'm suddenly much less into it! I had figured I would do some really pretty flowers in my hair instead, and now that I've looked at the veils up close, I feel like flowers will look much more natural and less theatrical.

Friday, January 09, 2009 7:46:00 AM  
Blogger Miss JeffMemorial said...

@Anita: You know, that's perfect! If I were to go with a veil, those are the ones that have always struck me more.

@Ellen Lau: Mr. JeffMemorial is the same way. He said he wants to be able to see my face, and the whole lifting of the veil thing just does not appeal to him in the least.

Veils do have that wistful appeal, though. In every imaginary wedding I had as a child, I had a veil on, etc.

But I agree about your adjective choice; they are indeed theatrical, almost needlessly so. At least to me.

Friday, January 09, 2009 9:14:00 AM  
Blogger AmyJean {Relentless BrideĀ®} said...

I love the bird cage... i'm also considering one for the ceremony and something less fancy for the reception (or at least pictures)


Friday, January 09, 2009 9:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our wedding was nontraditional- it had to be with two ladies marrying each other- but we both ended up with veils. Mostly because you can never ever wear a veil again and the pictures of brides in veils are stunning. I also went nontraditional with the veil and wore a drop veil, so its like a giant piece of tulle draped over you.
I blogged about drop veils:

Good luck!

Friday, January 09, 2009 7:53:00 PM  

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