For a bride, her veil can hold many meanings. For some, it's about hiding a bride until she gets to the front and can be revealed to her future husband. For others, it's just a beautiful headpiece. For still others, they are incorporating their family into the wedding by using a veil passed down from their mother and grandmother. 

Historically, bridal veils were meant to protect against evil spirits. Many cultures still attach significant meanings to the veil today, although in the United States it is typically just another symbol of the beauty of the couple's love. 

The bridal veils have a very romantic beginning. The first recorded instance of a bride wearing a veil in U.S. history is in 1799. Legend has it that George Washington's step-daughter, Nellie Custis, wore one for her wedding because her fiancé first fell in love with her when he saw her through a lace-curtained window.

The lace veil she wore on their special day was a special reminder of their story. Today many brides choose to forego veils altogether, but the brides that do want them often have questions about what type of veil they should choose. The general rule is that longer veils are more formal and therefore more appropriate for traditional evening weddings. "Blushers," on the other hand, which cover the face only, are suited to any type or style of wedding. In the end, when picking out her veil, a bride should compare it to her body shape, her gown, and her personality. 

If she is happy with how it fits all three, that is what matters.

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