Bridal Veils by All Designers
There are so many options for your bridal veil!
The first to consider is the ballet wedding veil which ends between the knees and calves. It’s also known as the waltz wedding veil that is a single layer of fabric that should measure approximately 56”.
Up next is the chapel length wedding veil which is a wonderful veil for a formal wedding without being too stuffy, which is perfect for most small or medium size church weddings. With the length reaching close to 108”, the chapel wedding veil extends to the ground with a wide width of 56” to 108”. This can be decided depending on your dress and your personal preference. With two layers of fabric measuring at two different lengths, one is generally pulled over the face for the ceremony while the other always stays behind the head.
Now for the showstopper- the cathedral wedding veil! This is the type the Royals like to don, which we all saw recently when Kate Middleton stunned the world in her gorgeous cathedral length wedding veil. This, as you can tell, is extremely formal, and we suggest making sure you have the right dress and venue for this one. The general rule of thumb is to use this dramatic statement for venues with long aisles, so that your train will glide behind you, making sure you have created an entrance and exit.
Wedding veils are one of the few wedding traditions that have remained true to form and are seen across the world. The continued wearing of this lovely wedding accessory keeps age-old tradition alive.
During the times of the spectacular ancient Roman Empire, the veil of the bride was used to scare away evil spirits. It would be painted with flames and fire to frighten the spirits from stealing the bride away before she could reach her groom.
During the time of Crusades in Europe, a bride was bargained for through her father. The veil was then used to conceal the bride until after the wedding ceremony was over and then she could be revealed to her groom. In many countries, a bridal veil is to be worn so that another man will not see the bride before the wedding and steal her away.
As the centuries have passed, the bridal veil has been predominantly worn in a shade of white, which signified modesty and purity. This meant only first time brides were allowed to wear a veil. When a groom lifted the wedding veil, it signified that he accepted the women as his bride. This is also why traditionally a bride was given away by her father or father figure, as a man takes a wife. In modern times however, some women lift their own bridal veil, which demonstrates that they are equal to their husband.
Additionally, the tradition of a groom not seeing his bride before the wedding continues to be popular for similar reasons. Ultimately, it appears as though the bridal veil still holds the deeply rooted tradition of wishing away bad luck for a newly married couple. Some cultures equate the wearing of a veil with the bride's virginity.
The styles and meanings of the veil may have changed with the times, but the tradition is still carried out every time a bride’s veil is lifted at the altar by her new husband.