Bridal Veils
Significance and Symbolism

The significance and symbolism of bridal veils: The veils earliest origins were in the near east where it served both to protect against the wind and desert sun as well as to preserve the modesty of women in a time when the use of force was the rule of law.

A woman covered her face so her husband wouldn't be killed for her beauty. This was also a time of arranged marriages, with the groom rarely seeing his bride before the wedding day.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the veil became a protection against evil spirits, though there is little evidence that this survived the Christian era. In medieval Europe, the influence of Arab culture grew with the rise of Islam. Arab music, science and art, all came to influence the splintered states of Europe and as the later crusaders returned from the east with wealth and riches; the veil was popularized as everyday wear for women.

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It is in these times that the veil came to symbolize modesty and purity. The flowing white veil became a sign of virginity. Thus, only first-time brides wear a veil. The groom's lifting of the veil signifies his acceptance of the bride. He unwraps his bride as he takes possession of her. Hence, a bride traditionally was given away while a man took a wife. These days, many brides lift their own veils, presenting themselves as equals.

In the modern wedding ceremony, the bridal veil should complement the bridal gown; and so, the most popular colours are white, diamond white, and ivory. Today, veils of tulle and nylon have come to prominence, though old veils - especially family heirlooms - are still considered lucky. It's still commonly said to be 'bad luck' for grooms to see their brides before the ceremony, so perhaps the veil is still offering protection against bad luck.

A Variety Of Wedding Veil Designs

For your convenience and ease of shopping, I've put together a compilation of my favourite wedding veil styles and designs below. I've hand picked them from a sellection of highly reputable and trustworthy online stores that supply an amazing range of veils. I've included a variety of discounted and cheap wedding veils, mid-price ranged veils, as well as the more expensive designer wedding veils for your perusal.

I only recommend secure and trusted stores, so have a look through, you may get some great ideas. I hope you find something you love!


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