1914 Bridal Veils

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, June 4, 1914: Ditto

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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Oh dear. . . another slow day. . . The previous day Grandma wrote, “Nothing doing.”

While Grandma was doing nothing, maybe she flipped through Ladies Home Journal and pored over the pictures of bridal veils—and selected her favorite veil, while dreaming that she’d someday have a storybook wedding. . . .Or maybe the pictures depressed her and made her worry that she’d never get married.

The New Bridal Veils

As old as the wedding ceremony itself is the custom of wearing the bridal veil. Of course the bridal veil need not be an expensive article, for, unless there is rare old lace in the possession of the brides’ family, it would be perfectly charming and dainty made of fine tulle or of sheer net. Fine lace may edge the veil, or form or trim the cap or head covering, but this is not essential for the beauty of the veil.1914-05-48 c

Trimming the veil with orange blossoms is likewise a custom of long standing. Still there is no reason why other white flowers or strings of pearl beads cannot be substituted should one’s fancy so dictate.

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If you enjoyed these pictures and would like to see some more bridal veils from the same issue of Ladies Home Journal, go to Fashion a Hundred Years Ago. It is the companion site to this blog, and I posted several additional pictures there.

36 thoughts on “1914 Bridal Veils

    1. I don’t think it’s exactly my favorite, but somehow I find the one with pearls really intriguing. (Maybe intriguing isn’t exactly the right word when describing bridal veils.)

    1. Most of them did–but not all. There actually were a total 8 pictures in the Ladies Home Journal article. There was one that hinted at the future and kind of reminded of the type of headbands that flappers wore; and another that started with a hat that almost had a military look about it.

      Your comment motivated me to post the other four on my companion blog to this site: Fashion a Hundred Years Ago.


      I also added a link to it at the end of this post.

    1. I wondered if brides in the North wore orange blossoms or if it was just a tradition in warm climates. Maybe rail transportation was fast enough to get orange blossoms to the North before they wilted.

  1. Your Poor Grandma, bless her soul, she seems like she was caught in a rut. I’m glad she added the days of ‘nothing doing’ and ‘ditto’ to her diary. It shows true reality of life regardless of the era.
    I like the first veil the best. It has an charming air of innocent about it.

    1. I’m often surprised how important she apparently considered it to write something in the diary almost every day. I think that I might have a tendency to skip days if I didn’t have anything particular to write.

  2. I’m so happy you’re sharing Grandma’s diary. Stepping back in time and reflecting is just refreshing! Do you know if Grandma had a similar veil? Maybe she even elected not to wear one. Enjoy your day!

    1. I don’t know. I know that she got married at her home on her 26th birthday, but I’ve never seen a picture of her wedding.

    1. When I got married in the 1970s, I wore a veil attached to a small cap–but I think that the cap was made of straw (or maybe cloth) rather than lace.

    1. Styles for wedding dresses and veils sure have changed over the years. After the wedding of Kate Middleton, it seemed like styles got a little more traditional.

  3. My veil was ridiculous. A hat with an attached veil in back. That’s OK. But my mother wouldn’t come to the ceremony (she said) if I wore a veil, and my future mother-in-law wouldn’t come (she said) if I didn’t wear a veil. The milliner tried a compromise, but I thought it still was a little too long — looked like a wedding vail flowing down the back. So she took her scissors to it, and I had a hat with a snipped off veil sticking out stiffly behind. Maybe I’ll post a photo someday on my blog.

    1. Whew, it sounds like you were in the middle of a lot of stuff. The planning process for weddings can be so difficult. It brings together the traditions and opinions of two families–and the young couple needs to somehow cut through all the craziness to get to the altar.

  4. I just found this delightful site and it is wonderful. Love the grand daughters posts after her grandmothers 100 year old diary entries and all the photos she has added.
    I fill a journal/diary each year with happenings , thoughts and my precious family and wonder if my diaries will be read and treasured , or if they will be thrown in a dumpster when I am gone. I surely would treasure my grandma’s writings , if she had kept a diary. Whichever way mine ends up, I enjoy creating them each year . Thank you for all the wonderful posts . I have lots more pages to read and have bookmarked this to enjoy .

    1. It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoy this blog. I really enjoyed getting to know my grandmother one day at a time as I created the posts. I am sometimes amazed that my grandmother’s diary survived a hundred years -and am guessing that your family will someday value your journal/diary as much as I value my grandmother’s.

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