It’s a well-known tradition for brides to wear veils on their wedding day. Let’s face it – there are only a few times in your life where it is socially acceptable to wear a veil! But do you know the traditions behind wearing a veil on your wedding day?
When I started my research on bridal veils, I had a vague idea about why brides wore them but I didn’t really know what was true and what wasn’t. After reading several articles, including this one by Rosie Weddings and this one by Bridal Listings, here is a summary of what I found out about the traditions behind the bridal veil.
- In early weddings, the bride was bargained for through her father. The veil was a symbol of virginity and purity and was used to cover the bride until she was revealed to her husband after the ceremony. The bride was covered by the veil so that the groom could not back out of the wedding if he accidentally saw the face of the bride.
- The bridal veil is related to the old days where a groom would throw a blanket over the head of his woman of choice when he captured her.
- A woman covered her face during the time of arranged marriages so that her husband would not be killed for her beauty, as the groom rarely saw his bride before the wedding day.
- Bridal veils serve as a protection against bad luck in modern day weddings, since it is still commonly said to be bad luck for a groom to see his bride before the ceremony.
As you can see, there are many different meanings behind veils – in the past and present. Whether or not a bride decides to wear a veil may be related to her religion or beliefs in such traditions, but also might just be a fashion statement!
So, to veil or not to veil? Here are some different stunning bridal veils to help you make your decision.
We want to know – what’s your take on bridal veils? Is it an outdated tradition or something that should definitely still be upheld? Tell us what you think!
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