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!