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Wedding Traditions How brides began to wear veils

Veils were not originally part of wedding costumes. So how did they become as important to brides as they are now?

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The history of bridal veils is closely tied to why fathers walk brides down the aisle. play

The history of bridal veils is closely tied to why fathers walk brides down the aisle.


It’s unimaginable that you’d attend a Nigerian wedding where the bride has no veil on.

It’s pretty much as important to the wedding costume as the bride’s shoes, on-fleek makeup and every other thing the modern bride cannot do without on her big day.

How did this even become such a big deal?

Well, most historians agree that this began as a way of protecting brides from evil spirits.

play The veils have a long, quite bizarre reasons for coming into existence but they're beloved now and not many brides would love a dress without one. (Inside Weddings)

According to Wedding Ideas Mag, “in ancient times, the Greeks [and  Romans] used it as a way of protecting the bride from evil spirits.”

It was believed that evil spirits hovered a lot on wedding days, so by wearing the bridal veil, the bride would be unrecognizable by those evil spirits.

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The veils however made it difficult for brides to see very well and history says that was how fathers began to escort their daughters down the aisle – so they won’t bump into something or trip over while walking down the aisle.

play How brides began to wear bridal veils (Pinterest)

It was also believed back in the day that the groom was not supposed to see the face of the bride. So the veil also served as a means of ensuring that that never happened.

Over time, the purpose of the veil has shifted from being just a covering on the bride’s face.

It’s been used as a symbolism of her chastity, modesty obedience and even virginity!

Also in Jewish beliefs,“veils are meant to act as a public display that the groom isn’t just marrying his bride because of how she looks.

He’s basically saying ‘I love you so much, I would marry you even if I can’t see your face.” writes Metro UK.

play Brides wear veils these days just another part of their wedding day gorgeousness. (One Wed)

Regardless of its [ridiculous] history, veils continue to be worn these days. And brides wear them without any particular symbolism playing on their minds.

While it has become a tradition to wear one, veils are pretty much nothing but another part of gorgeous dresses brides pick in order to look perfect on their happy day.

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