Did you wear a veil on your wedding day? These days, it’s a real fashion choice… Some brides choose a quaint little tiarra, while others go for a full veil. How you choose to dress is 100% up to you. But, did you ever wonder what the real reason behind wearing a veil is?
Actually, there are more reasons why historically women wore these things and some of them may seem strange for modern civilization.
TO CHASE AWAY EVIL DEMONS
In Roman times, brides used to wear full-length veils called flam meum, which were covering their entire bodies. They were red and they were meant to confuse the spirits so they couldn’t curse the bride. The Romans believed that evil spirits might crash the wedding party and curse the newlyweds.
TO HIDE THE BRIDE’S FACE
Back in the day, when most weddings were arranged by fathers, the bride and groom probably wouldn’t meet until the big day. The bride wore a veil so that she could hide her face from the groom. Brides would hide their face until the very last minute, just in case the groom didn’t find them attractive and wanted to call it off. Awkward.
TO SYMBOLIZE VIRGINITY
If a bride needed to prove that she was a virgin and ‘pure,’ wearing a veil was the best way to do so. The veil acted as a metaphor for the hymen, which meant that if it was intact, so was the bride’s virginity.
TO PROVE THAT THEY ARE LOVED EVERYTHING THAT THEY ARE
In the Jewish culture, the veil symbolizes that the groom loves his future wife for more than just her looks.
NOT TO RUN AWAY
People used to genuinely worry that a potential bride would make a last minute run for it. Well, the massive veils and trains served the purpose of weighing them down as much as possible.
AS A SIGN OF MALE OWNERSHIP
You know that cute little moment when the groom pulls the veil from the face of his bride? Well, it’s not quite as romantic as it may seem. In reality, this tradition is all about opening a present. The woman is symbolically the gift to the man.
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