Tradition of the Bridal Veil
The History and the tradition of the Bridal Veil.
In ancient wedding rituals, the lifting of the veil (blusher) symbolizes the groom taking possession of the wife, protecting the bride from evil spirits, the revelation of the bride by her parents, to the groom, for his approval. In Medieval times, it was worn as a symbol of purity and chastity. In arranged marriages, the veil was used to save everyone embarrassment, that the groom might not like the bride whom he sees for the first time, at their wedding. In many religions, the veil symbolizes humility and respect before God, during a religious ceremony. During Victorian times, the Royals had the longest veils and the longest trains, which symbolized their status.
Today, generally, we assume the groom has seen his bride and won’t be disappointed and that the evil spirits most likely don’t exist. So the tradition of the veil is more of a finishing touch to the brides attire. A veil not only ties together the whole bridal look, but choosing a veil is almost as personal and emotional of a decision as selecting the gown itself. 9 out of 10 bridal entourages wind up crying the minute a veil is put on the bride, who is standing before them, in the gown she just said yes to! Why? Because it becomes so real, right then and there.
There are so many styles of veils, that it almost seems that no two veils are alike. From raw or cut edged veils, to beaded or ribbon edged veils, the possibilities are truly endless. But here are some basic veil terminologies that can help decide which veil is right for you.
Basic and most common Veil Styles:
Shoulder or fly away veil: These are typically shorter veils, usually at shoulder or just below the shoulder in length. They are usually a raw or cut edge, meaning there is nothing trimming the veil. It’s just short and sweet.
Elbow Length: Veil will be just at elbow length.
Fingertip Length: Is just what it alludes to, the veil will end just at your fingertips. This is a very common veil length because it’s not too light and it’s not too heavy. It can be raw edge or trimmed with beading, lace or anything.
Waltz Length: Typically about 60” long. This is in between fingertip and chapel length veils.
Chapel Length: Usually runs between 90”-108”
Cathedral Length: Usually runs between 108” and 120”, but these are the super long and dramatic veils you will typically see for effect.
Keep in mind that veil length is not the only decision you will need to make. You may also want a blusher. That’s the piece that actually covers your face. Often times, bridal salons make the blushers detachable, so the bride can keep the veil on for the rest of the evening and just remove the facial veil or blusher, as we refer to it.
Edging and trim of the veil is what we look for to help match the look of the bridal gown. All of these options are what make each bride stand apart from the next one. No two brides usually look the same. Accessorizing the bridal gown is key to personalizing each bride.