Un-Veiling the Bride

posted on 1 February 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice

Bride With Veil

For most modern-day brides, the choices concerning veils are relatively simple: If you like veils, wear one. If you don’t like them, don’t.

But what if you are indifferent? You neither love nor hate veils and you are struggling to decide if you want to wear one or not. You’ve seen a couple of beautiful veils that you think would look great, but you have also seen a few beautiful clips / tiaras / flowers that won’t work with a veil at all.

Perhaps a little history lesson will help to sway you in a specific direction.

Traditionally, veils were worn to symbolize purity, modesty and virginity. The lifting of the veil by the groom would symbolize his “taking possession” of her (for this reason, brides today opt to lift their own veils as a show of equality rather than ownership). Another traditional interpretation of the lifting of the veil is that it symbolizes the removal of the separation between the bride and groom. By removing the veil they now have full access to one another and they become one.

If you aren’t a traditionalist so much as a lover of superstition, it might please you to learn that the veil is considered to serve as protection against the commonly believed idea that it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony. It is also believed that for extra luck the bride should wear an old veil, preferably one that is a family heirloom.

Of course you may be neither a traditional nor a superstitious bride. If so then simply consider what the bridal veil signifies today: your choice!

Veils signify celebration. Something special is happening: a wedding! They signify joy and happiness. Veils also highlight the bride’s appearance and features and form the “cherry on top” of the bridal outfit. A well-chosen veil can be the perfect way to round off the perfect outfit.

Can you think of a better reason to wear one?

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