Friday, June 13, 2008

A Small History on The Veil

Veils are the trademark of a bride. I recently had a bride ask why brides wear a veil in the first place, which caused me to investigate. I began reading a book entitled "The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day" by Mindy Weiss. The book contains everything you can think of for weddings, and there in the center, was my history of the wedding veil.

"The Greeks thought that the veil protected the bride from evil forces. Then in Europe, where arranged marriages were so common, veils were used to prevent grooms from changing their minds when they got down the isle. They were not allowed to see their bride until they lifted the veil after 'I do'." That is my favorite part of the veil's history. I feel a little sorry for those poor grooms, but everyone likes a little surprise in life. "The American history of the veil arrises from a story when George Washington's nephew walked by a window, and was enchanted by a lovely woman behind a lace curtain. That woman, Nellie Curtis, wore a lace veil to their wedding so that she could honor the moment that they fell in love."

Whenever you are thinking veil vs. no veil, remember how crazy and romantic the history of the veil is. Even if you don't like the idea of a veil on your wedding day, hopefully this small collection of stories can at least let you laugh about it.

1 comment:

Brittany said...

Very interesting, girls! I always wondered about this too...

Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.