To Veil or not to Veil
Priceless Weddings England and Mallorca would like to Congratulate;
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
On their wedding earlier today.
Of course we have to talk about the dress, did you love it ? I did it, in fact I think it is my favourite one of the royal brides so far. I loved the cut and the back, just beautiful! The material was truly divine, congratulations Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos
Now for me there is the question of the veil or lack of it ! I didn’t think it spoilt it because the dress was beautiful on its own, its more the part the veil plays. For me it is respectful in a church to wear a veil to cover your shoulders, Eugenie’s dress did however cover her shoulders, so I am probably being old fashioned.
Lets look at of some the reason veils were worn;
Veils covering the hair and face became a symbolic reference to the virginity of the bride thereafter. A bride may wear the face veil through the ceremony. Then either her father lifts the veil, presenting the bride to her groom, or the groom lifts the veil to symbolically consummate the marriage.
Over time, the veil became a method to disguise the bride from evil spirits and of course, her husband who wasn’t supposed to see his new wife until the deed was done. The un-veiling of the bride – done by the groom – was to symbolise that ownership has changed hands; from her father to her husband.
The Jewish weddings have a ceremony before the vows take place which is called the Bedecken, this is where the groom and the Rabbi meet the bride and her mum, the groom removes the veil to look at his bride and check it is the bride he is betrothed to.
If you ever wondered why gowns are worn at weddings; the Wedding Gown and Veil were weighted down to make it difficult for a bride to run away !
Today the reasons are purely fashionably and the veil makes a beautiful addition to the wedding dress made fashionable by Queen Victoria.
So will you wear a veil ?