venbede wrote: »
I am sure my mother's choice of blue was in no way symbolic but due to shortages
Bishops Finger wrote: »
As @Heavenlyannie so delicately hints ( ), there was (and perhaps still is?) a tradition in parts of the country for white to be worn only by a virginal bride.
If so, when did that practice begin?
Enoch wrote: »
Within my lifetime many brides wore their veils over the faces as they came up the aisle on their father's arm, and on reaching the front, the groom drew aside the veil. This was explained as checking that unlike Laban and Leah, he was being given the right bride, not being palmed off with her sister.
Heavenlyannie wrote: »
My great aunt told me my grandmother had to wear a blue dress because she was pregnant and her parents wouldn't let her wear white (lancashire mill girl dating a regular soldier in 1938).
Veils were commonly worn by noble women on a daily basis in medieval times but they weren't worn by the tudor period. I do tudor re-enactment and we wear coifs every day, a short cloth bonnet with fancier version for the gentry which does sometimes have a veil type cloth down the back but this does not go over the face. Court wedding portraits from the period show the same style so it seems that veils weren't worn for weddings then unless they were removed for the portraits.
This Victoria and Albert page suggests that veils were commonly worn in the 1830s for bride and female guests https://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/here-come-brides/a-romantic-frame-of-mind
North East Quine wrote: »
... it wasn't usual to turn up the day after a Saturday wedding.