I can't tell you how many times I've watched someone step on the veil and rip the bride's head back moments before walking down the aisle. Or how many veils I've scooped off the ground with footprints and wine stains on it after it's taken off to dance and cast aside. They can be a real headache: literally, those things get heavy and cause headaches too.
Historically, the veil is meant to signify a bride's virginity but not because it's white. White... represents purity, but the long veil itself is actually symbolic of long, healthy hair falling down the bride's back, which is how brides used to wear their hair because it was indicative of their fertility. Covering of the face was also meant to shield the pure, fertile and virgin brides from the eyes of sinners until she is revealed to her groom. When her groom lifts the veil, it's meant to symbolize the consummation of the marriage. #themoreyouknow
Clearly I'm a bit cynical. But then I see images like this one where the couple is wrapped up in this dreamy cloud of tulle and I think: "oh, that's why." Veils are utterly romantic. They are undeniably feminine and although traditional, they do add a wonderful layer of texture to the bridal outfit. Ultimately, I know they can be a pain and it's steeped in outdated traditions, but I do love how they look in pictures and I don't think that will ever go away. I'd love to know what you think of veils too.