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Tradition Tuesday: To Veil or Not to Veil

9 Apr

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We’re seeing that more and more brides are starting to go without the veil, which we absolutely love.  I have never been a fan and can’t imagine carrying a tulle headdress all over my wedding.  I mean, what’s the point?  Most brides take it off as soon as the ceremony and pictures are finished, and that’s not a cheap accessory to wear just for a bit.  And, while brides still wear them often, we assume because they are scared to break from tradition, they don’t realize they are already so far off tradition anyway.

So here’s the scoop, that tulle monstrosity on top of your head, was actually used for a much different purpose than most realize.  In observation, it seems that most people look at is as a modest act within the church used to show humility and respect.  Which, to some extent, and especially in a religious atmosphere, is true.  However, there is also the historical idea that the bride may be vulnerable to being bewitched.  OH MY!  Ancient Romans actually veiled brides in flame colored veils to ward off those evil doers.  While we sort of love the idea of a flame colored veil or headpiece, your mothers would flip!  But who cares, right?  It’s your wedding, not theirs.  There was also the thought, in arranged marriages where the groom and bride didn’t see each other until the wedding, that they would veil the bride to hide her.  Why? You might ask.  Because, of course, they didn’t want the groom not liking what he saw and sprinting away at first glimpse of his bride walking down the aisle.  How depressing!

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Do you remember Princess Diana’s veil?  While everyone was so ga-ga over it at the time, the length was a bit out of control.  And when we say ‘bit’, we mean seriously  OUT. OF. CONTROL.  Do you really want the memories of your wedding day to be only of a stiff neck?  No thank you!  These specifically over-the-top veils come from Victorian customs when the veil & train showed status depending on their weight, length, & quality.  So only the most Royal of people would have the biggest & longest veils & trains.  Hmmm…we still say no thanks.

We say go for a piece that talks about you.  How many people can really be defined by a veil?  For the vintage bride, try a pill-box hat with a birdcage veil.  We LOVE birdcages.  If you have a touch of fun in you and like to make a statement, try a fascinator.  Go Grecian Goddess with a gilded head-piece.  Or Bohemian Chic with a fresh crown of flowers adorning your pretty face.  They are so much fun!  Cut the veil, cut the train, and get funky!  Have we convinced you?

Cheers!

Pill Box Hat:  BHLDN   |  Fascinator:  EMILLINER on Etsy   Fascinator Photography:  Stacy Able Photography  Check out Stacy Able’s EMILLINER Photo Shoot Blog  |   Gold Laurel Headpiece:  Pomp & Plumage  |  Floral Headdress:  Green Wedding Shoes  |  Princess Diana:  www.weddingideasmag.com

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Tradition Tuesdays | Project Protect The Bride!

19 Mar

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We’re starting a little fun on this blog and Tuesdays will be dedicated to all those wedding traditions that most of us don’t have a clue as to where they originated from.  Be ready to be shocked, awed, and maybe laugh a little about the ludicrous nature of some traditions.

We’re going to start this first Tuesday off with those pretty little ladies you love to have standing up with you on your special day.  We all know that, generally, we see our maids in dresses which contrast with the blushing brides pretty white. They are there to assist the bride in whatever she may need.  Maybe pass along a little champagne to calm nerves, assist and jam the bride and bridal dress into a tiny stall on those dreaded potty breaks.  Or, just the simple fact that they are there to support and have some fun before the wedding.  Interestingly, this was not always the case.

There are many old traditions that our modern traditions have evolved from, but here at Brown Co. Weddings, we find two of them to be topnotch.   Say hello to thieves and evil spirits.  At one time Bridesmaids were actually used as a sort of ‘posse’ that surrounded the bride on her way to groom’s village.  They served as protectors and dressed in a similar manner as the bride as to deflect any possible bride thieves.  They also served to protect the brides dowery.  Another tradition from Roman Law required witnesses to attend the wedding.  What might their purpose be?  Not exactly what you may think it to be and not at all similar to our modern traditions of required witnesses.  The bridesmaids and groomsmen were actually used to confuse and bewilder all those crazy evil spirits ready to ruin the brides perfect day.  Eek!  However, we humans were obviously way smarter and thought ‘Oh hey!  No Worries.  We’ll just dress like the bride and groom and confuse those nasty little spirits.  They won’t know who is who.’

So please, at all costs, remember that when you’re selecting your maid posse, you should take into account the original meaning of them and select accordingly.

1.  Only pick the ladies that can put up a fight and defend your possible abduction & to make sure that no one steals your gift money.  Maybe you have some friends who excel in martial arts or just a good bit of crazy?

2.  They should resemble you as much as possible just in case the evil spirits do show up.

3.  The dresses should be as close to possible as your own.  I mean it is your special day, you probably want to look exactly like the bridal posse so that you don’t get any special attention.  Right?

It’s interesting to find out where traditions came from.  We’ll definitely be sharing some more with you and maybe poking a little fun at them.

Cheers!

P.S.  We hope you had a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day!

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