Hat Lore

Hidden Meanings: The Wedding Head-dress

Marriage of Jessie Dennistoun to James A. Macdonald,
Winnipeg, 1908
Photograph courtesy of Mrs. Dorothy Burnham
CMC 994.21.2
Here comes the bride, all dressed in white... Many women in the Western world choose to mark their transition to married life by wearing the long, white, bridal veil. Although women of many different cultures have worn veils of some sort for centuries, the white wedding gown and veil are relatively recent, barely a hundred years old.

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