Blusher Wedding Veils: To Wear, or Not to Wear?

Here's a dose of inside info on the accessory that may help you decide.

Kate Middleton Veil

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Blushers can add an ethereal and beautiful feel to any bridal ensemble — yet more and more brides are opting to ditch the blusher (and sometimes even the veil!) altogether. Considering adding a blusher to your big day look? Here's a dose of inside info that may help you decide if a blusher is right for you.

The History

This relatively small accessory has a huge history. There are a ton of stories, myths, and legends behind both blushers and veils, with the earliest records indicating the most practical origin — to protect against wind, sun, and sand. Yet after that, things get a bit more complicated.

It is said that in ancient times, blushers were worn to protect against evil and that in the times of arranged marriages, they were used as a way to cover the bride's face to prevent the groom from seeing her prior to their wedding.

As times progressed (well, sort of...) blushers became a signifier of modesty and purity, and the symbolic action of lifting the blusher served as a literal "unveiling" of the bride to her new husband.

In more modern times, blushers are thought of more as a fashion accessory, the cherry on top of a fabulous bridal look. Many brides still choose to have their fathers (or whoever walks them down the aisle) lift the blusher as a way of "giving away" their bride.

Our Verdict

If you love it, wear it! If you don't, don't. After all, just because you may decide to wear one doesn't mean you accept all the history or tradition that comes with it. It's a great finishing piece to your bridal ensemble and does add a traditional feel to the big day. If it makes sense with the rest of your look, go for it! It is YOUR day, after all, so be true to you.

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