How to Lift the Veil in a Marriage Ceremony


The wearing of a wedding veil is a bridal tradition stemming back to ancient Greece and Rome. In modern times, it's considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. In keeping with that, the veil helps to keep the bride "hidden" from his eyes. The groom or father of the bride may perform the ceremonial lifting of the veil in one of several traditional and appropriate ways.

  • Lift the veil at the end of a traditional Jewish ceremony. According to Jewish custom, the groom places the veil at the beginning of the ceremony. The groom then helps the bride lift the veil at the very end, after they have exchanged vows.

  • Ask the father of the groom to lift the veil in a more modern wedding ceremony. The father lifts the veil when he gives the bride away.

  • Have the groom lift the veil just before the wedding kiss for a classic veil-lifting ceremony.

  • Grasp the bottom of the veil gently with both hands. The part that hangs in front of the bride's face is called the blusher; this is the part of the veil the lifter holds.

  • Pull the veil up slowly. Try to avoid brushing the bride's face, hair and jewelry as you lift the veil up over her head.

  • Drop the veil behind the bride's head once it is lifted up above her face. Veils which are made to lift provide plenty of fabric for the lifter to bring his hands up over the bride's head.

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