First: What is the meaning of the bridal veil?
Depending on beliefs or culture, the history of the veil has many meanings. An archaic tradition consisted in kidnapping your beloved by throwing a sheet over her head so that she could not return to her parents’ house… Hmm! Not very cordial and a bit brutal! In some cultures, during arranged marriages, the veil hid the face of the future spouses, so that the physical appearance of the bride and groom did not influence the decision. Faces were only revealed after the vows, so that both spouses could not change their mind. For others, the veil was used to chase away the evil spirits present on the wedding day. Not so long ago, a woman would walk to the altar veiled and accompanied by her father. And it was the father who lifted the veil to uncover his daughter’s face and offer it to his future son-in-law!
How to choose your veil?
Although there were times when the veil was much less fashionable, it is back in great force. The veil is the perfect accessory to finish off your bridal look, it adds elegance and prestige to your outfit. It can give you a retro or romantic look. And you’re sure to stand out as the bride!
So if you’ve decided to wear the veil, it’s wise to know how to choose it.
First of all, it is important to follow a few basic rules. The important thing is to keep in mind your body type and the statement you want to give to your outfit.
- If your dress is majestic and imposing, a lighter and shorter veil will be appropriate to balance your silhouette perfectly.
- On the contrary, if your dress is very simple, you can have fun with a more extravagant, longer and more loaded veil.
- Your veil should match your dress harmoniously. You can, for example, choose a veil with small lace applications that reflects the fabric of your dress or a veil edged with light crystals if your dress has a sequined bodice. A light, neutral, no-frills tulle if your dress is detailed and voluminous.
- If you are small and petite, a short or medium length veil will help lengthen your silhouette.
The blusher will add a little mystery to your look when taking pictures and can be worn pulled up throughout the ceremony at your convenience. Don’t hesitate to try several models made of different textures… exploring different shapes will help you make your final decision.
The bouquet: what does it mean?
The tradition of the bouquet dates back to the Middle Ages. In those times, the bouquet was composed of white orange blossoms that represented the purity of the bride. Very practical at the time when bathing was rather rare… From this bouquet of freshly cut flowers, emanated a sweet scent that perfumed the bride.
Originally, it was the role of the future husband to pick these flowers and offer them to his sweetheart. Although this gesture can be quite charming and can reveal if your man knows your taste in flowers, few brides these days give their future husband the opportunity to take charge of the creation of the bouquet.
Today, the bouquet plays an aesthetic role as an accessory added to the bride’s outfit. It will surely be created according to the theme of your wedding while respecting your overall look. But everything takes on its meaning when the bridal bouquet is thrown! Yes, it does! A tradition that is still widely practiced! This is the moment of the evening when all the young single women stand on the dance floor, the bride, eyes covered, with her back to the young women, throws her bouquet. The young woman who catches the bouquet, according to folklore, will surely get married during the year! Do you believe in it?
The veil and the bouquet of flowers will elevate your outfit and give that special touch of originality. Everything is allowed in terms of aesthetics, colours and materials. A small flower can escape from your bouquet and be hung with a gesture of complicity to the pocket of the groom’s jacket. Another symbolic touch for your special day.
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