Why Wear A Veil On Your Wedding Day

Shop ManagerKeep Sake, Traditions, Veils, Wedding Day

Veils are a ‘once in a life time’ accessory and nothing says ‘bride’ more than a veil. But why do you wear a veil on your wedding day?
A veil is used to symbolise a bride’s virginity, modesty and purity.
There are a few different origins of a veil:
The tradition of wearing a veil dates back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Brides used to wear a red clothed veil called a ‘Flammeum’ as they walked down the aisle. This used to make the bride look like she was on fire in order to protect her from any evil spirits that may want to curse the couple. They believed that if the spirits could not see the brides face, they would be unable to put a curse on her. Romans would wear a veil that covered them from head to toe to give them complete protection.
Arranged marriages used to be very common and the bride’s father did not want the groom to see his bride before it was too late to stop the arrangement. The bride’s father would make his daughter wear a veil over her face until after the vows in case the groom did not like what he saw and put a stop to the wedding. This is where the tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding came from.
Veils were also used to weigh the bride down so that she could not run away if she did not want to marry the groom.
Another reason to wear a veil is to make a statement. By wearing a veil you are saying that love is more than ‘skin-deep’ and your groom will marry you not just for your looks but is marrying you for your personality.
If you decide you want a veil that covers your face (a blush veil) there are a few different times when you can be unveiled. Your father can unveil you once he has walked you down the aisle and ‘given you away’. This will symbolise the changing of ownership; your father is giving you to the man who will love and protect you like he did. Your maid of honour can unveil you before you recite your veils or your groom can unveil you after your veils before your first kiss as a married couple.
Not only do veils come in different lengths, they also come in different fabrics, colours and transparency’s. It’s down to personal preference which type of veil you go for. But veils are not for everyone so don’t worry if you decide you don’t want to wear one.
Length of veils:
• Shoulder length veil (45”): This type of veil is less common than other lengths of veils. Brides that tend to wear a shoulder length veil are often going for a more fashion forward, modern look. Other brides will opt for a shoulder length veil if they are going for a vintage 1950s/1960s look.
• Waist/elbow length veil (54”): This is a good length veil as it does not distract from your dress. It works well with most style dresses and is easy to handle.
• Hips/fingertip length veil (72”): This is the most popular length veil as it works with most style of dresses. This style veil is particularly popular with brides wearing a mermaid style dress.
• Waltz length veil (108”): This veil is perfect for the shorter brides as it makes them look taller. Waltz veils should be worn with a floor length dress that does not have a train. This is perfect for a church wedding and if you are looking for a more formal and traditional look. This veil may alter the look of the back of your dress as it can hide the detailing.
• Chapel length veil (126”): This length veil is perfect for a dress with a train. You would traditionally wear a chapel length veil if getting married in a church and needing a more formal look.
• Cathedral length veil (144”): This is a very dramatic length and would only be worn in a very formal church wedding. Brides will choose this length if they are looking to have a long train and want the veil to be longer than the dress.