If the wedding was at home, then no veil was required.By the mid years of the era, white was out of fashion but was worn in amalgamation with other colors.Little girls would be ring bearers and if older, would play the role of junior bridesmaid.
The marriage of a girl was something very special for the mother, the soon to be bride and her family.
The wedding and its related events were rooted in very old traditions that were still followed during the Victorian era.
The wedding day was considered to be the most important day in the life of a Victorian girl.
The girls were taught from the early age to marry and to take care of the family.
The early Victorian dress had a fitted bodice, small waist and full skirt made of organdy, gauze, tulle, lace, silk, linen or cashmere. Veils were attached to a tiara of flowers which were generally orange blossoms for the bride.
The brides along with the dress also wore accessories like short white kid gloves, hanky with maiden name initials, embroidered silk stockings, flat shoes ornate with bows and ribbons at the instep.
In the later years, demi-train large sleeves were in vogue.
In case the marriage was in the church, the bridal dress must have a train, with a veil of the same length. From the mid years till the 1890s, the veil used to cover the face of the bride only to be lifted after church.
When the white dress was in fashion, pearl and diamond combinations were generally used.
The mid- Victorians wore a diamond diadem for the ceremony to flaunt their wealth.
By 1898, the bridesmaid had to wear a dress in contrast to the bride’s dress, and this is still practiced.