Wedding veils have been involved in marriages since the splendor of the Roman Empire at its height. Brides often wore veils for much more specific reasons, rather than solely fashion and style. Veils were often designed in order to frighten away evil spirits who might kidnap the bride before she could be delivered to her new husband. Throughout history, the veil transformed into a symbolic meaning of assurance to the husband and his family of the bride’s virtue. The lifting of the veil during the ceremony was a very significant part of the wedding. Some cultures and traditions used the unveiling as a way to reveal the bride to the groom’s family. By the mid-20th century the veil had become very small, sometimes covering only the eyes. Veils were often almost purely ornamental, attached to the bride’s hat or even secured to her hair with a comb. By the 1990s, weddings began to grow in pageantry and a new generation of brides adapted grander gown designs as well as elaborate veils to match. Modern bridal veils are often either vintage veils from the early 20th century or more modern and made from nylon or cotton netting. Each veil style has a specific meaning and name. Here is a list of the options for your big day!
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