Unveiling the Truth

To wear a veil has become a staple piece for almost all brides getting ready to walk down the aisle. I read about most wedding traditions when I was getting married 8 years ago, honestly this was my least favorite tradition, and I actually opted out from wearing a veil because of the origination. Of course, with many things the veil has transformed into a beautiful gorgeous garment and in victorian ages it even created a status quo for the bride: the veils weight, length and fabric used actually showed how wealthy her family was. But the origination of the tradition is what got me. Back in the days where arranged marriages were heard of more often, the veil became a piece of cloth that covered the face of the bride until the bride and groom were married, this was to make sure that the couple was married before the groom lifted the veil to see what his bride looked like. If the groom didn't like what he saw afterward, they were already married so he couldn't back out. The veil is said to have a few other traditions, it is used as a sign of humility and respect before God in a religious ceremony. Also, the Romans veiled their brides in bright colors to ward off evil spirits. The belief was that the bride being vulnerable on her wedding day would be open to enchantment, being hidden behind a veil would help deter the evil spirits. Since the traditions aren't exactly held up to with the same meaning, the veil has become a beautiful accessory for brides to wear to bring together their dress and hair. A much better reason to wear one if you ask me! 🙂 14074427_10157222022735004_1855620817_o

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