Brides Veiled or Un-VeiledIt’s your day! You want the dress, the cake, the car, the whole darn thing – including your dream hair! Long, short, up, down, curled, straight – to veil or not to veil, that is the question.
I have recently come across some stunning styles that included flowers, jewelry, intricate braiding and styling but not a veil in sight. Interesting. This got me to thinking about the practice of and the history of the veil itself. I could go on at length here but this is what I found, in a nutshell.
The veiling of the bride has origins in the idea that she is pure and vulnerable to enchantment, so she must be hidden and protected from evil spirits. Romans veiled brides in bright, flame-colored veils to actually frighten away evil spirits. In many religions, the veil is a sign of humility and respect before God during a religious ceremony. Victorians turned that reverence into a status symbol. During Victorian times and into modern day, the weight, length and quality of the veil was a sign of the bride's status. Royal brides had the longest veils and the longest trains – think Princess Diana. The lifting of the veil was often a part of an ancient wedding ritual, symbolizing the groom taking possession of the wife, either as lover or as property, or the revelation of the bride by her parents to the groom for his approval.
Nowadays, the tradition has become more of a wedding fashion statement added as a finishing touch and is usually only worn during the ceremony. Try dancing with a veil! With so many other ways to finish off your bridal hair - why cover it up? From sparkly bling to natural floral accents to fascinators; the choice is yours. Crown your crowning glory with your ideal accent. Remember it’s your day! Do your 'do' the way you want!
As a great add on to this blog, please check out this video from Cityline August 12, 2014 "Incredible bridal hair accessories"