Headpiece & Veil
By Joanne Elliott
Bridal headpieces and veils have been worn in wedding ceremonies for centuries, and can be found in different forms in many different cultures and religions.
The Bridal Headpiece
Bridal headpieces come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be made of many different types of metal, gems and faux stones like diamonds or diamante, beaded strings, or even out of natural materials such as flowers or silk imitations.
The definition of a bridal headpiece is simply "a crown, headband or tiara worn around the forehead". Traditionally, the bridal headpiece was made from a thin band of metal, but as technical processes have developed there are many different options available to the bride on her special day.
Examples of popular bridal pieces are increasingly leaning towards the tiara. This is possibly because it is more comfortable to wear, and can be pinned into the hair style for increased comfort and security reference slippage. The history of the tiara has roots in Persia, and was originally based upon the crowns worn by the Kings and the Emperors. At this time the crown, or tiara, was usually constructed from leather which was richly embellished. They also were usually decorated with other natural fibers such as feathers, horns or jewels.
Bridal head pieces are often utilized in conjunction with bridal wedding veils, but can also quite happily be worn on their own. There are also several other similar products available on the market which are loose adaptations, including pins, clips and flowers that can be twined into the brides hair to create a similar, yet slightly more subtle and understated effect.
The Bridal Veil
Wearing a bridal veil is in keeping with the traditional "white wedding". The bridal veil is basically a sheer piece of cloth that covers the lady's face on the wedding day. Bridal veils are usually made of luxurious, opaque fabrics such as delicate netting or lace. In Western tradition the bride will traditionally walk down the aisle with the veil over her face, and her groom will then lift it up and back over her head during the process of the marriage ceremony. Bridal veils come in many different styles and can also be embellished with stitched embroidery of bejeweled with precious gems. Veils can also be dyed to specifically match the color of the wedding dress if the bride has chosen to select a color other than white, cream or ivory.
The History Of Bridal Veil Symbolism
In Ancient Rome, the bride would commonly wear a very full, fire colored veil. At this time it was seen as a symbol of protection from evil spirits. The action of the groom lifting the veil was seen as a sign of taking possession of his wife – both as a possession and a life-long lover.
In Judaism, the veil was seen as a symbol of personal space, modesty, purity and virginity. The lifting of the veil by the groom was seen as a symbol of the bride willing accepting him into her life, and also as a strong and meaningful statement of trust.
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