The Wedding veil is one of the defining parts of a Bride’s outfit. Short, long, embellished or classic, it’s a dramatic and beautiful moment, when the veil is lifted so she can see her Groom at the end of the aisle.
However, the origin of the veil is not so romantic.
In ancient Roman times, Brides were covered with a red sheet called a flammeum to make them look like they were on fire. This was a symbol of an intention to stay Married for life and was made to the height of the Bride so that she could also wear it at her funeral as a burial shroud.
I guess the fact you could wear it twice means you get your money’s worth… right?
Images from Nicole and Raymond’s Wedding. Photography by Simon Gorges.