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Wedding Traditions & Customs Part 2 - Wedding Veils

In Roman times brides were thought to be vulnerable to evil spirits veils were used to protect brides.  In Europe brides were bargained for and sold.  A veil would hide the brides face until the deal was complete so that the husband could not change his mind in case he was not satisfied.

Veils have been in many colors often signify the subordination of the woman.  The lifting of the veil by the husband at the end of the ceremony symbolized male dominance.  The veil made its way to the United States and into the traditional wedding ceremony.

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