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Wedding veil history

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An image of a bride – wearing a white dress, airy and beautiful – is not completed without a bridal veil. Wearing a veil a modern bride hardly ever knows what a sacred meaning is hidden in this piece of material.

Long time ago covering a head, hair of a woman used to have a special status. In ancient Greece only women of easy virtue did not cover their hair. In Rus’ unmarried girls only could leave their head uncovered. In the East reaching the certain age a girl should cover her head, leaving opened the face only.

In the Middle Ages, famous women most often covered their heads, so that you could define their social and marital status according to the complexity and way of covering the head. Every woman had in her house caps, cowls, hats and veils. Even nowadays if you are invited to the curvet in Ascot, it would be improper to come with no hat.

A wedding veil used to have a double meaning.

First, a wedding most often was the last day when a girl could openly show her hair, and a veil used to underline the beauty of loose hair or a sophisticated head-dress.

Second, a veil used to be a symbol of a bride’s innocence (you could not but remind of the Ancient Greece), and after a wedding ceremony a husband took off a veil of his wife showing who was a master in a family. You also cannot forget that weddings took place in churches, and Saint Pavel used to write that a woman should visit a church with a covered head.

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A veil for a bride is not only a Christian custom. In ancient Rome a bride was covered with a bright shawl, as the Romans used to believe that it would force back evil spirits.
In Judaism there is also a wedding custom connected with a veil. A bridegroom does not open but close a face of his bride with a veil. Covering with a veil symbolizes that a beauty of a bride is not only that outer, that is going to vanish when she gets elder, but the inner beauty, which would never be lost.
In a modern world the custom to wear a veil by a bride has come through transformations, so has the wedding fashion. Hats with a veil are substitution for a veil, the length thereof is changed.

The primary criteria is the wish of a bride to wear a veil, a combination of a veil with a dress and the whole style of a wedding, a status of a bride. For instance, you could not imagine Keith Middleton without a veil, her wedding symbolized the British monarchy and religious traditions, at the same time, Lady Gaga, for example, cannot afford to wear a classic veil, it would not be outrageous at all.

A wedding fashion constantly undergoes through changes. A wedding veil in a modern world is just an accessory. And it is only for you to decide how you would use it.


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