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Bridal Veil Traditions

The History of the Wedding Veil

 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 sprits 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.