Timeless Keepsakes | The History of the Wedding Veil
Have you ever wondered why brides wear veils on their wedding day?
For some brides, wearing a veil is just what you’re meant to do on your wedding day. But for others, the question of why this tradition started in the first place and whether it’s right for them can often be answered by delving back into the history books. I made it my mission this week to find out the history of the wedding veil and why a pretty piece of tulle is so iconic to modern weddings.
According to some sources, the veil was used to protect the bride from evil spirits. Some thought that spirits would be attracted to the bride, so her face was covered in an attempt to throw them off the scent. Fascinating don’t you think? Apparently, the Romans used red veils, to discourage evil spirits even further. Still other sources say the veil was used when lots of marriages were arranged, preventing the groom from ‘backing out of the deal’ as he couldn’t see the bride’s features before the wedding ceremony was complete. Neither are particularly romantic histories!
The veil has also been used as a status symbol, where the weight, length and quality of a veil were seen to be an indication of wealth. Royals had the longest, and most beautiful veils – think Princess Diana walking into the Cathedral!
Now, veil traditions don’t tend to hold as much weight as historical times, but instead, a veil is a finishing touch that helps a bride feel like a bride. So whether you feel that you need to wear a veil to make you feel like a ‘bride’ is completely up to you. It’s a personal decision and there are no rules. So many of the women I work with feel completely transformed, the minute they clip that light piece of tulle into their hair and start their walk down the aisle. But of course, that’s not for everyone.
In modern day, there’s almost as much variety of veil as there are styles of weddings. Brides can choose cathedral length veils that trail behind them as they walk up the aisle, or delicate birdcage veils, depending on the look they’re wanting to achieve. Veils are some of my favourite pieces to create for brides, because they can completely change how a bride feels in her wedding dress. I thought I would share some of my favourite veils, to share with you just how many different styles, shapes and sizes of veil there are.