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The history of wedding veils tells us that, in ancient times, the Greeks used it as a way of protecting the bride from evil spirits, while in Medieval times it was worn as a symbol of purity and chastity. Today it’s still seen as quite a formal wedding accessory but thanks to the royal wedding, one that is coming back into fashion.

The 1920s saw brides favouring the lace cloche headdresses, some of which would be encircled with flowers. Veils were usually made of silk materials and decorated with flowers and leaves that would match the blooms in her bouquet.

Veils started to make a more simple statement in the 1930s when brides wore them hanging loosely over their heads to compliment the sleek look of their form-fitting gowns.

In the post-wear years of the 1940s, small, birdcage veils became popular – a wedding trend that’s coming back into fashion! In the 1950s it was the turn of the tight-fitting skullcap veil.