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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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