Have you ever asked yourself the question, what is the purpose of the wedding veil? How did it come about about? What is its history? Here are a few interesting points to consider.
History Of The Wedding Veil
The introduction of the veil came into Europe during the time of the Crusades. In early weddings the bride was bargained for through her father. Covered in a veil, she was revealed to her husband after the ceremony. Brides also wore orange blossom wreaths in the hair on top of the veil, which is where the tiara could have originated from. Veils were used as a symbol of virginity and purity for brides given to their mates. Through the years the veil styles have changed somewhat dramatically:
20’s – Throughout the early part of the early 20th Century and into the 1920’s brides wore a lace cloche headdress encircled with flowers. Veils were silk tulle adorned with wax orange blossom flowers and velvet leaves that matched her waist corsage.
30’s – Veils started to make a more simple statement as the bride wore them hanging loose to compliment the sleek look of their form-fitting gowns.
40’s – During the post war years of the 1940’s, bride’s began to devolop a more extravagant veil look with half-crown headpieces featuring rhinestones and wax blossom flowers.
50’s – Skullcap headpieces were common during this period of the 1950’s for evening wear, and bridal designers began devoloping skullcap headpieces in velvet and satin with a circular veil. These veils ranged in length from 18″ to 27″ long.
60’s – Veils began to take on various appearances much like today. Many style headpieces and veil combinations arrived inspired by famous motion pictures. In the later part of the decade, hippies inspired a “flower child” look by wearing real flowers in the hair along with veils.
70’s to present – These decades of wedding veils was inspired by the bride’s own creation and preference for veils. Headpiece styles ranged from large elaborate pearls and bead designs to simple lace and mantilla veils. Tiaras started to become a trend in the 90’s up to present times.