One aspect of a wedding outfit is the veil, and there are many different styles and types of bridal veil to choose from. We recently covered Fun Facts From the History of the Bridal Veil, but now it’s time to get serious with the hard facts.
Some brides have found that they initially rejected veils, only to find that they really tie the final wedding outfit together.
While there are many styles of bridal veil available, there are seven standard lengths, which range from the shorter 45″ shoulder length style to the unmissable 144″ “cathedral” length.
Factors such as tiers, fabric, gathering, embellishments and edging also affect the final outfit. There are many options for lacework, beading and pretty details which can make a bridal veil truly stunning.
If you want to know more about the terms and tricks behind bridal veils, then we recommend the guide in the link below.
We previously covered Fun Facts from the History of the Bridal Veil, so we thought we’d have a look at the history of the wedding dress for similarly interesting information. Wedding dresses are a huge part of wedding culture, with a long and fascinating history.
White dresses weren’t about purity
While this may seem obvious, the reason is very different to modern expectations. While white wedding dresses are now seen as symbols of purity, they in fact at first symbolised wealth. In the days before dry cleaning and easy stain removal, pure white garments were a rare sight. Only people with enough money, servants and lifestyles unconnected with manual labour could afford to acquire what was seen as a single-use garment.
Wedding dresses weren’t always white
Marriage is one of the oldest ceremonies in human history, but white wedding dresses were popularised only relatively recently. Queen Victoria famously wore ivory for her wedding, and since then, getting married in a colour other than ivory or white is seen as unusual. This is despite centuries of women getting married in all sorts of colours, with different colours having different cultural meanings.
Wedding dresses weren’t always new, or one-use
Wedding dresses were commonly the bride’s best outfit, and new dresses were often adapted or altered through the decades into new outfits.
A veil is a traditional part of a bride’s wedding outfit, and the history of the bridal veil is a long and interesting one. We’ve found some fun and unusual facts about its origin and uses across the centuries.
Veils predate wedding gowns
Whilst the exact era of the origin of the veil is unknown, it is known that the wearing of veils came before the wearing of wedding dresses. In ancient Greek and Roman times, a veil symbolised protection from evil spirits, which the bride would be protected from by covering her face. Some historians say that brides may have covered their faces so that a husband could not back out of a marriage if he did not like what he saw!
Veils are why brides are walked down the aisle
Early veils could be floor-length, and constructed of thick fabric which made it hard for the bride to see where she was going. This is where the role of the father assisting the bride to the wedding ceremony or later, down the aisle, came from, as the bride needed help walking to her destination without bumping into anything.
Veils were not always white
Like wedding gowns, veils were not always white. Red and yellow have been replaced by white and ivory, which are now seen as traditional colours of purity.
There were different veils for different wedding ceremony locations
The best known of these two are Chapel and Cathedral veils. Traditionally, the longer Cathedral veils would only be worn in a cathedral, and the shorter Chapel veils only worn in a chapel. This is a less common occurrence, as veils follow fashion rather than religious tradition.
If you’re looking for inspiration, then check out the wedding dress trends for Spring 2016 straight from the catwalk.
Current trends in wedding gown fashion include floral details such as applique, lace and embellishments; plunging necklines, strapless bodices, lacy layers and short skirt lengths. We’re also seeing lots of creative feather details and beading, and plenty of creative uses of both!
The complete collection comprises of 126 images, so settle down and get ready for plenty of inspiring ideas.
A video by online curation site Mode has shown decades of wedding dress fashion. Starting at 1915 and ending at 2015, the video shows the changing trends of wedding gowns. From the distinctive flapper-inspired silhouettes of 1925, to the big hair and sleeves of 1985, the video also includes the changing style of hair and makeup. It’s an impressive and inspiring viewing.