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We’ve noticed a lot of conversation in the shop lately about whether to wear a veil.
“What length should it be?”
“Do I wear it over my face?”
We’ve looked into veils and their traditions, maybe this will offer some answers.
Where does the veil tradition come from?
Veils date back in history as far as the Greeks and Medieval times. The Greeks believed a veil would protect a bride from evil spirits and in Medieval times it was symbolic of purity.
As we move through history and reach the Victorian times veils became an integral part of the wedding ceremony and became a representation of status. The weight length and quality were all important. Ultimate status and wealth was represented in the veils at the Royal weddings.
Once we reach the 1940’s veils had changed to much more simple style and the birdcage became very popular (a style we’re seeing making a comeback in recent months).
Princess Diana’s long and extravagant veil set the tone of the 80’s with people wanting to replicate her style. We don’t imagine anyone managed to match hers at 24 foot long though. It made quite the statement entering St Paul’s Cathedral.
What is the modern bride looking for?
The modern bride wants choices, to match her outfit to the theme of the wedding. They don’t spend much time looking at tradition or superstition and since there’s no religious requirement in Christianity even for a church wedding you don’t have to wear one.
Our brides never want to look old fashioned and often they think that’s how they’ll feel in a veil. In our experience though brides often feel their outfit is unfinished until that perfect finishing touch is added and transforms her into a bride ready for her wedding day.
The choice is still there though, birdcage, elbow length, waist length, floor length, single or 2 tier, lace trimmed, beaded or plain there’s still lots to think about and we have a stunning range in store to try.
Do I have to wear my veil over my face?
No is the simple answer! In fact we find most brides don’t.
Traditionally the bride wears the veils over her face so that either the groom can lift it after the vows or her father can lift it when he “gives her away”. The increased popularity of the single tier veil would suggest this tradition is something we’re leaving behind.
Ultimately whatever you choose for your special day will be right for you and that’s absolutely fine, make sure you try a veil just to be sure though.
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