October 02, 2015

Wedding Veil History and Tradition

Bridal Veils seem to have the deepest roots into the pagan pre-Christian societies of northern Europe where they were thought to ward off evil spirits.

Later they evolved into a symbol of a potential brides chastity and modesty whilst also signalling purity to the husband.

The Christian, particularly Catholic, history of veils is as a revealing of the bride as a 'new' person in the company of her husband.

In the present day the purpose of a veil is twofold. It is an ideal accessory worn to bring together the hair and the wedding gown and also a gentle nod to the history of marriage. It is shared traditions that bind the different generations of a family.

As marriage has, happily, evolved into a more inclusive event the oldest traditions like veils and garters seem stronger than ever! 

For more info, see our post on why do brides wear veils? Or see our Veil guides and FAQ.

Wedding Veil History

Sarah Bates
Sarah Bates


I'm Sarah Jane. I own Britten with my husband Matthew. We live in Bradford on Avon near Bath in England with our crazy golden retriever Alfie!