Have you wondered about the history of the bridal veil?
Since medieval times, women’s attire included veils. The tradition of wearing a veil was mostly by married women. Historically unmarried girls did not wear a veil. The veil had a practical purpose for it had covered the woman’s hair, their neck and chin, protecting them from sun and wind damage.
By the 15th century, hoods become more popular, and veils became less widespread. Historically, brides wore their hair flowing down their back on their wedding day to symbolize their virginity, now the white veil is often said to symbolize purity.
The bridal veil may have a place in mythology. The Goddess of Love Ishtar, came from the depths to be with her betrothed; the vapors of the earth and sea covered her “like a veil”. According to folklore, the tradition of the veil changed to include a blusher after Jacob was tricked into marrying his beloved Rachel’s sister, Leah, who was disguised under the full veiling. If you are facing a woman that is wearing so many veils that you don’t recognize her, I recommend scrutinizing the bride before it is too late!
The development of the wide loom and silk tulle in the 19th century gave women a sheer covering that enhanced their attractiveness. This new creation gave the men a peace of mind because they could now see a glimmer of their betrothed and women appreciated the light fabric.
The wedding veil signifies modesty, privacy, youth and virginity. That way of thinking still has significance on bridal etiquette, as only a first-time bride wears a veil. Remember, your bridal veil is supposed to complement your bridal gown. The most popular colors are diamond white, white, and ivory. Diamond white is an excellent choice if your bridal gown has a sheen.
The lifting of the veil at the end of the ceremony symbolizes male dominance. If the bride takes the initiative in lifting it, thereby presenting herself to him, she is showing more independence. White bridal veils symbolize the bride’s purity and modesty. Veils are used to add to the final touches of a wedding dress and to frame the bride’s face.