Behind the veil – wedding traditions explained
When it comes to uncovering the origin of the bride’s veil, there are many stories that come to mind.
- Ancient Rome: the bride’s face was covered with a veil as it was believed evil spirits would be attracted to her – the veil was then used to conceal her features.
- Medieval times – the veil was a symbol of chastity, modesty and purity and would be used to protect the bride from “the evil eye”
- Arranged marriage: Some say that the bridal veil was created due to the circumstances of an arranged marriage. Men would ask a lady’s father for their hand in marriage and only after the ceremony would the veil be lifted to reveal the bride’s appearance. This was thought to make sure the groom couldn’t back out if he didn’t like what he saw!
As times have changed, the meaning of the wearing of the bridal veil has changed as well. Nowadays the veil simply signifies a special event such as a wedding and highlights a bride’s appearance and features.
Remember, it is your wedding day so when it comes to wearing a bridal gown and veil – wear what makes you feel comfortable!
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