Beneath the Wedding Veil

We see them take center stage as the bride walks down the aisle, but how much do we know about the veil, its origins, and transformation over time? Today we de-mystify the veil for our brides. 

Historians trace the wedding veil to the Roman Empire. Roman brides wore head-to-toe length veils in colors of fire, called the flammenum. Painted in fire colors and flame designs, the flammenum was meant to frighten away evil spirits who might kidnap the bride before she could be taken to her future husband’s arms. Another concern at the time was runaway brides before the ceremony; the veil and train served to weigh the bride down and prevent her escape.

While the Romans were worried about evil spirits, in Medieval times, the veil was a means of assuring the husband of the bride’s virtue and purity. With this meaning comes the act of revealing for the first time the bride’s face to her husband, at which point he "takes possession” of her. As time goes by and the veil’s meaning changes, its style evolved as well. By the mid-20th Century, the veil (for the most part) become purely ornamental. Here are the different veil styles throughout the decades.

 

 

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    1940s: The “birdcage” veil style becomes popular during this era and again today as the vintage-inspired bridal style experiences a revival of sorts.

1940s: The “birdcage” veil style becomes popular during this era and again today as the vintage-inspired bridal style experiences a revival of sorts.

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    1960s: Lots of fabric and some kind of fascinator becomes de rigueur. 

1960s: Lots of fabric and some kind of fascinator becomes de rigueur. 

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    1970s: During the “flower power” era, veils are a little wider and shorter in length. 

1970s: During the “flower power” era, veils are a little wider and shorter in length. 

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    1980s: No one epitomizes this decade better than Princess Diana’s cathedral style veil. This 24-foot train inspired brides all over the world and is an iconic bridal moment to this day.

1980s: No one epitomizes this decade better than Princess Diana’s cathedral style veil. This 24-foot train inspired brides all over the world and is an iconic bridal moment to this day.

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    20th century: We see minimal elements with classic and traditional detail, such as delicate lace accents and a sparkling headpiece or comb. 

20th century: We see minimal elements with classic and traditional detail, such as delicate lace accents and a sparkling headpiece or comb. 

Featured on Wedding Spot – Top Wedding Trends for 2014 by Trish Lee

Wedding Spot is the premiere source for finding your wedding venue – think Kayak for wedding venues. In a three-part series, Trish Lee gives her expert advice on all things weddings. Her first two articles covered timeless wedding dress styles and top bridal trends. Today, Trish Lee shares her vision on the top wedding reception trends for 2014 on Wedding Spot. Spread the word because it’s all fun and games!

Fun and games

From a simple ice cream bar to something bigger like the hottest new food truck pulling up at midnight to feed your party, what better way to surprise your guests and show them how much you care by feeding them after the revelry? Other ways to up the fun factor include featuring classic lawn games like bocce ball, corn hole and croquet, where guests can be a little silly before they sit-down for dinner. Also in this trend is the after-party where can either keep the party going, or take things down a notch for a casual end to the evening. The back room at your favorite local bar? Perfect.

Non-traditional venues

Couples are finding more creative, personal ways to tie the knot. Non-traditional venues include farms, boats, warehouses, local restaurants, or a friend’s backyard. These off-the-beaten-path venues offer more flexibility and can sometimes be more budget-friendly. Oftentimes, non-traditional venues also add another element of discovery for your guests. Look at Kona Coffee PlantationThe California Academy of SciencesChabot Space and Science CenterConservatory of Flowers, and the Brooklyn Historical Society (pictured below). Be inspired to make the unusual choice.

Interactive Food Stations – read more about top wedding trends.