History of the Wedding Veil - ZVEIL

History of the Wedding Veil

by Danae Young November 03, 2016

History of the Wedding Veil

Every bride loves them and always wants to find the perfect one – no, not a husband – a veil! For such a beautiful statement piece in every wedding, it’s shocking to find where the origin of veils actually came from!

According to an article on Bustle, the veils are traced back as early as Roman times, when it was created to scare off evil spirits. Not only that, but they weren’t as beautiful and white as they are today, instead, they were flame-colored like the one pictured below:

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Beyond a scare-tactic, the Romans also used veils as a way of preventing the bride from running away. Furthermore, the groom usually never even saw her face until it was unveiled at the ceremony.

An article by BeSpoke-Bride also finds that the Roman veil was meant to confuse evil spirits. But, in the medieval time period, it was a symbol of ‘purity, chastity and modesty.” In fact, the veil existed hundreds of years before the wedding gown! Crazy, right!?

When it comes to The Victorians, according to an article on HowStuffWorks, the veil was more of a status symbol. “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.”

Fast forward to the 1900s when veils really become about the fashion more than anything. In the 1920s, according to WeddingIdeasMag, veils were typically a silk material decorated with flowers and leaves to match the bride’s bouquet.

It wasn’t until the 1940s that small, birdcage veils became a trend; and the 1950s when the tight-fitting skullcap veils were the hottest style around.

To no one’s surprise, the bohemian-style veils came to be the most-wanted by every bride in the ’60s and ’70s.

Princess Diana’s 24-foot veil in the 1980s really changed the game for brides everywhere. As much of a statement as they once were, this showed that veils had no boundaries.

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Today, veils continue to be much more of a fashion statement than anything else. Although, depending on your religious beliefs, the veil is still quite significant for non-fashion related reasons.

Here are a few of our favorite modern veils by Zveil available right now!

Alder Lace Cathedral Wedding Veil by Zveil

Alder by Zveil

The Alder cathedral veil is ideal for the bride looking to make a dramatic, head-turning entrance. This elegant, handmade veil features our Cashmere Soft™ tulle and has a beautifully ornate lace trim that artfully tapers off at the base of the veil. The Alder veil is our longest veil measuring 138 inches (3.5 meters) in length and is available in both white and ivory.

3D floral fingertip Wedding Veil by Zveil

Sycamore by Zveil

This beautiful and ultra-feminine fingertip veil features small, delicate, 3D flowers that cascade downwards, intensifying towards the bottom of the veil. Made with our Americana™ tulle, petals of each flower surround a handsewn pearl center. The Sycamore veil measures 30 inches (76 cm) in length and is available in both white and ivory. 



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