Last Updated on January 6, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
There are many different stories concerning how this custom began. All of them go back to very ancient times. We know that among many ancient peoples it was the custom to keep the bride hidden from her future husband until the wedding day. This was true in Egypt, where the groom never saw the face of his bride until the wedding day!
Part of the wedding ceremony was the uncovering of her face. This was also in existence among the Arabs, the Hindus, and other peoples of Asia and Europe. The early Romans and Hebrews also made the veil a part of the wedding ceremony.
Some of these veils were so big that they enveloped the bride like a shroud. In fact, after the wedding, the veil was put away and taken out only when the woman was ready to be buried in it. Today, of course, the reason a bride wears a veil is simply to make the wedding more romantic and attractive. It is a symbol of her loneliness and modesty!
Should A Bride Wear A Veil?
There’s no law that says a bride must wear a wedding veil.