{Lisa Haydon wears a net veil at the Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Show}

Traditionally speaking a veil (ghoonghat) on an Indian bride was meant to shield the bride's face from anyone but the groom - so he would be the first to see her. Of course in those days there was no photographer shooting photos from every angle as the bride was adorned for the big day!

The symbolism behind a bridal veil isn't the same anymore and it's definitely more of a fashion accessory now, but it's can be a very stylish addition to a bride's outfit. In fact, we predict that this trend will continue to grow. 

We've seen some brides wear two duppatas through the entire ceremony, and remove the face covering after the pheras, and others have veils that are attached to the duppata in such a way they can just be removed from the front. This seems to be a popular option at Sikh weddings where we've seen some brides remove the veil once their dad has officially passed the palla over. 

If you are planning to wear a veil during your ceremony here are some things to consider:

Visibility Factor
Most likely you are using a veil as a fashion accessory not a cover for your face so be sure to choose something relatively sheer. You want good pictures!

Weight
Since your bridal jora will already be weighing you down a little, choose a lightweight dupatta for your veil

Contrast
Wedding venues for Indian shaadis are usually quite large, make it easy for your guests to recognize the veil by choosing a contrasting colour to your overall outfit. It also makes for a beautiful picture. 

Focus on the Border
We love a net duppata with an embellished border for a ghoonghat. As a bonus, a lightweight dupatta is less likely to catch on your jewellery or hair. 

What do you think of the bridal veil trend, hit or miss? Is it something you will try out at your wedding?