The most iconic Veils

Throughout history the veil has been a staple for the complete bridal look. It originally symbolized the groom taking possession of his wife. Symbolism that, rightfully so, has been swaying the modern bride from wearing a veil on her wedding day.  However you perceive the veil, wearing it it has played a role in some of the most iconic weddings for a very long time.


There was of course Queen Elizabeth II, who wore a Cathedral style veil to her wedding to the handsome Philip in 1947.

The always stunning Jackie Kennedy on her wedding day in 1953 wearing a floor length veil. 

In 1967, at just 21-years-old, Priscilla and Elvis Presley were married in Las Vegas, while she wore this stunning veil.

Bianca Jagger, who was later quoted saying “my marriage ended on my wedding day,” wore this iconic hat veil during her wedding to Mick Jagger in 1971. 

Gwen Stefani paired her veil with her colored gown for her wedding to Gavin Rossdale in 2002.

When Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise in 2006, her veil was made by Giorgio Armani with 400 feet of tulle and 70 hours of labor.

Like many of the other royal women before her, Kate Middleton went with the traditional veil route to her wedding to Prince William in 2011.

Perhaps one of the most influential weddings to date, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s 2014 wedding, Kim opted out of wearing a veil. So the question is, are veils over? While this may come as a surprise, given the increase of less traditional weddings, in an article by the New York Times, they found that the majority of women photographed during 2016 for New York Weddings' Spring issue were wearing a veil. 

By Laura Kohnen