Wedding veil: history and significance
The use of a veil covering the head of the bride at the wedding is a very ancient tradition. In ancient times in Russia on the bride during the wedding ceremony wore an ordinary village linen scarf, which hid from the immodest views of the face of a young girl. It was an old custom that after the date of the wedding was fixed, no outsider could see her face. And if suddenly the ban is violated, the young family in the future expect terrible misfortunes and numerous troubles.
According to ancient legends it is known that before the veil was considered a protection for the bride from evil spirits. Later, the white transparent fabric on the bride began to symbolize purity, obedience and obedience to the future husband. In Russia, during the wedding veil fabric was made to decorate the Hoop of metal or leather, also on the veil could wear a wreath of flowers.
Wedding veil and bouquet of the bride are the most ancient symbols of the wedding ceremony. Even in Ancient Greece, the bride hid her face under a veil of yellow, and the Romans dressed up for the wedding, hiding her face under a red veil. At that time, the veil was long, to the floor, covering the woman from head to toe, which further emphasized the dominant role of men both in the family and in society. Still alive sign, according to which it is believed that the longer the veil of the bride, the happier the new family will be and the longer the life of the couple will last.
At the end of the wedding ceremony, the veil from the young wife was publicly removed, which symbolized the transfer of parental power over her to her husband. If the girl did not agree with this and wanted to show their independence and desire to be on an equal footing with her husband, she threw off her veil. According to ancient customs in Russia, the white color of the veil is associated with purity and innocence, so the bride in a white dress always fascinates the eyes. Usually, if this is not the first wedding for a woman, it is not recommended to wear a veil.
The appearance of the wedding veil has not changed for several centuries. You can choose a certain length, shape, material from which it is made, and of course, the veil must be combined with the dress and hairstyle of the bride. Modern fashion offers a variety of interesting styles of this important detail of the wedding wardrobe. Veil can be short, pinned to the hair, or very long, smoothly turning into a flowing train on the floor.
Now designers recommend the average length of the veil of several tiers of one or different levels. Tiered gives it splendor and special charm. Veil can be decorated with lace on the edge, embroidery or satin, and if you choose this style, it is necessary to finish harmoniously with the entire wedding dress.