On the big day, there is a lot to take in. The dress, cake, tux, limo and DJ are some of the many things that become apart of your day. One of the small, but important items is the veil. Have you ever taken a moment to consider the symbolism of the veil? Neither have we, so we figured we would look into it for you! What is the significance of such a small piece of material in an elaborate event?
Before veils, brides would wear their hair straight down their back as a symbol of their virginity. Veils were used by respectable and noble women. Otherwise, these women would have been treated as commoners. Peasant women that were found wearing veils would be punished. Roman brides wore veils called flammeum to protect them from evil spirits. When weddings were arranged, the veil was used to keep the groom from backing out of the wedding if he wasn’t attracted to the bride. In some places of worship, veils are used as a way to show respect and modesty to God. Veils in Middle Eastern cultures can only be lifted by family or the husband.
The length of the veil represented the level of formality in the wedding. The longer the veil, the more formal the occasion. Veil sizes include the fingertip, waltz and chapel. Styles of veils include the blusher, tier, circular-cut, diamond-cut and Russian netting.
It is said that a veil also play into the superstition if the groom sees the bride before the wedding it is bad luck. Facial veils are lifted by the groom to symbolically consummate the marriage. The groom marries his wife while she is veiled because he is devoted to her inner-beauty as well as her outer-beauty.
It has become the bride’s choice whether or not to wear a veil. The decision has become a personal preference choice rather than a specific signifier.
So what will it be for your big day? Veil or no veil?