A mantilla wedding veil, cascading about your hair and down over your shoulders is a beautiful way to frame your face during your wedding ceremony. These veils are traditionally made of delicate white Chantilly lace and are perched atop an ornate head comb called a peineta. While popular in Spain and Latin America, as well as among persons of Latino descent, a mantilla may be worn by any bride that wants a traditional, semi-formal hair style.
Amor Mantilla Wedding Veil Drape yourself in embroidered flower and vine detail with this classic Spanish look. The white lace is hand made in Belgium and has a very delicate, light look. Each oval lace mantilla veil measures 49″ wide and 40″ long.
Orange Blossom has other mantilla veil styles as well as a stunning collection of combs and tiaras.
The History of the Mantilla Veil
Historically, lace mantilla veils were more often of black lace instead of being white. They were originally worn by women of the Andalusia region of Spain. This may be due to some Arab influence in the early years of their use, as Spain had many Arabian visitors. Generally the women of this time period wore mantilla veils only during special occasions. As Spain explored and brought its cultural ways to South and Central America, so came the mantilla veil to Latin America.
When is a Mantilla Veil Worn?
In Spain, women still wear mantillas during Holy Week (the week leading to Easter), bullfights and weddings. Also a black mantilla is traditionally worn when a woman has an audience with the Pope.
Now, a white wedding mantilla is appropriate for a church wedding but can be worn at other ceremony locations as long as it coordinates with the wedding gown and the theme or type of wedding. For example, a bride would probably not wear a mantilla bridal veil for a beach wedding.
The Peineta Comb and the Height of the Mantilla
The peineta comb gives the mantilla height. It could be made of tortoiseshell, be encrusted with jewels, or be of another simpler yet elegant material. Together with the lace mantilla veil, women adorned in this way appear especially feminine. The length of a mantilla style veil ranges from shoulder length to below the knee. While very lovely, the lace mantilla may be removed entirely after the ceremony. Depending on her hairstyle, a bride may keep the peineta on or replace both the peineta and the veil with a tiara for the wedding reception.
Wearing a Spanish mantilla can bring some old-world charm to your modern wedding.