Every woman’s dream is to become a bride as a prelude to becoming a wife to a loving husband. Even at a young age, girls dream of seeing themselves walking down the aisle someday.
It is almost as if something about a white veil and a wedding dress entices most of the female population. Of course, the wedding dress is understandable, but what is the significance of wedding veils?
The Magic Behind
First, you must understand what a veil is and how it originated. A veil is a cloth covering part of the head or a woman’s face. The earliest reference to using this covering can be traced to an Assyrian law code in 1400 and 1100 BC.
Back then, it served as a symbol of a woman’s rank or status. It was also a determining factor whether a woman was respectable or not. Courtesans and slave girls could not wear veils. Otherwise, they were likely to face great punishment.
Veils were more of a sacred symbol than a fashion statement. At weddings, it was said that veils warded off evil spirits. The brides used it to avoid being seen by these spirits, who were likely to take away their merriment.
It is also said that veils cover the bride’s face to hide her beauty from lustful eyes. It ensures that no one can take her away until the end of the ceremony. Lastly, bridal veils have always been known to symbolise innocence and purity.
The history of veils as wedding accessories varies and is unclear. However, its popularity started with Queen Victoria of England during her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. She became the first symbolic image of a bride, wearing a white satin gown and a long veil.
Perfect Veil for a Perfect Wedding
So, you finally found the right wedding dress. The flower arrangements and the venue have been decided as well. Now you need that one last accessory. You can’t just pick any veil to put over your head.
There are three main things to consider when choosing a veil.
- The first thing to consider is your bridal gown. The veil and dress design should be balanced and complement each other. Choosing a plain veil would be best if your dress is heavily accented with lace or sequins.
- The second is the venue. For example, a veil blusher may be necessary if the ceremony is in a church. It is an extended part of the head veil covering your face. Otherwise, a veil that only covers the head will work.
- Lastly, your hairstyle also plays an important role. Is your hairstyle good enough to support the veil properly until the end of the ceremony?
Having a long and heavy veil that can’t be pinned properly to your hair may cause a mess since it can ruin the style or, worse, slip. And, you wouldn’t want that drama on your most important day.
Here Comes the Bride
The significance of wedding veils still has a touch of tradition and superstition. Moreover, it has become a more prominent symbol of a bride. You can probably agree that a veil is a finishing touch to a bride’s whole look.
Without a veil, a bridal gown looks plain. So, regardless of traditions or what it signifies, you can’t overlook the fact that it is what completes the whole package.