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Kaylyn Logue

Mr. Munoz
English D.C., Per. 5
30 October 2014
Annotated Bibliography
"History of the Wedding Veil." Veil U Bridal. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
The tradition of wearing a veil can traced back to Rome, Italy. There are several different beliefs
on how the veil began. Since the word veil means to obscure, people believe that a bride
wore a veil to trick the evil spirits that are believed to surround her on her wedding day. The next
believed use of a veil was for modesty. However, people believe that a veil is used for a brides
safety against the evil eye; the veil hides a brides beauty. Another believed purpose for the
creation of a veil was for arranged marriages. The veil was used to disguise the bride. In this case
the veil was not hiding the bride because she was gorgeous, but was a way to ensure that the
groom would not run away if he was not attracted to his fianc. The veil is also seen as the
brides way to say that she will listen to her husband. Now a days, the veil is used simply as an
accessory.
This website provides a large amount of believed veil purposes. By providing the definition of
the word veil, I will be able to make connections to the multiple usages of a veil. The belief
that veils were made for arranged marriages can help determine the time of not only their
purpose, but also their original creation. The website also gives veil purposes that can relate to
both the past and present. For superstitious brides, finding out that evil spirits are believed to
surround them, some brides might feel the need to most certainly wear a veil on their wedding.
By learning that a veil represents a wifes obedience to her may either upset or delight some

brides. Brides might see that as males being superior to women or as a special way to honor her
husband. The different purposes will help me develop a more detailed paper.
Picone, Kiri. "The Intriguing History Of Wedding Gowns." All That Is Interesting. N.p., 01 Aug.
2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.
This website talks about the beginning of wedding dresses. It explains that wedding dresses were
not traditionally white, but actually a wide variety of colors. The most common color worn by
brides was black because it could be worn again and hid stains. Queen Victorias wedding dress
began the tradition of wearing white because she was the first well-known woman to wear this
color. Although most women wanted white, egg shell became popular because it was less
expensive. However, when the Great Depression hit, many women could no longer afford a dress
at all so they began wearing common outfits, as well as dark colors. When society was able to
recover from the devastation of the Great Depression, a white wedding dress became common
again. Now many women wear different colors, especially in China, India, and other European
countries.
I can use this source in my paper to explain how white became the traditional color for wedding
dresses. This source provides the first famous person who wore a white dress: Queen Victoria.
Not only do I learn why white became traditional, but also what the traditional colors were
before. This website allows me to properly show the transition of wedding dress. It also helps me
develop almost my entire paragraph on the bridal tradition of wearing white on a wedding day.
Richard, Joanne. "Origins of Wedding Traditions." Wetaskiwin Times. N.p., 27 Jan. 2010. Web.
28 Oct. 2014.
Wedding traditions have remained the same over the years because the person, either a priest,
rabbi, or wedding officiant, who is hired to lead the wedding follows the same rules they were

taught. The tradition of having bridesmaids began to trick kidnappers because they were
originally dressed similar to the bride. With multiple women looking alike, the kidnappers had a
more difficult time trying to steal the bride for blackmail against her father. The kidnappers
would steal the bride, make her marry him, and then rape her, so her father would be forced to
pay money for a divorce. The traditional saying, Giving away the bride, became known
because of arranged marriages. Wearing white was not always common for wedding gowns;
different types of people in a society wore a specific bold color. Queen Victoria started the
tradition of wearing white because of its meaning: purity and chastity. A veil has not always
been used as the finishing touch of an outfit. Originally it was used for virgin brides because it
symbolized modesty.
This source provides information on multiple parts of my paper. It explains why wedding
traditions have remained the same for hundreds of years. This helps provide that beginning of my
entire paper, which is describing the bridal traditions. Since this website was created by a
newspaper in Canada, it helps prove that bridal traditions were not simply created in the United
States. By mentioning the common phrase, Giving away the bride, I am able to show that this
was not invented because of a touching moment between a father and daughter, but rather a
father bartering off his daughter for money. This website also provides original purposes for
other bridal traditions. It shows that not only the style of a dress showed wealth, but also the
color. Another bridal tradition thats purposes has changed completely is bridesmaids. In history
the brides maids were used to trick kidnappers, but in todays world, they are a brides closest
friends. I believe this will show that being a bridesmaid was not always an honor. I believe this
website will help in the development of my entire paper, not only one paragraph.
"Wedding Garters." Eye Catching Creations. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.

Wearing a garter can be traced back to the Dark Ages. There are several different traditions of
tossing the garter. The garter originally was thrown at the groom by members of the bridal party.
The person who landed the garter on the grooms nose was the winner. Brides then began to
throw her garter at a group of men to calm them down. However, in Northern England men take
the garter from the bride as soon as the officiant said, You may now kiss the bride. Boys also
would go to the brides house to receive the garter, which they would put on their significant
others leg, so she would remain committed. Although there are different methods of how male
guests would receive a garter, it always symbolized that he would be getting married next.
This website allows me to show that garters have been used since at least the Dark Ages. It also
gives me the ability to not only show one common tradition of giving away a garter, but several.
I am also able to show the timeline of garters from the Dark Ages to the 2000s. Although
throwing garters were dangerous for brides, the tradition has remained. The main point that this
website is going to help me make in my paper is the garters one true meaning. The tradition of
throwing a garter may have evolved and changed slightly, but yet it has always symbolized a
person getting married in the near future.

"Weddings Good Things: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue - Martha Stewart Weddings
Planning & Tools." Martha Stewart Weddings. N.p., Jan. 2008. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.
This article informs me about the bridal tradition of wearing something old, something new,
something borrowed, and something blue-all of which stand for good luck and come from a
poem. The something old is used to symbolize the carrying on of family. The something new
stands for the life that the bride is beginning with her groom. The something borrowed has two
different meanings: it can either symbolize passing down the happiness of an already married

couple or as a reminder to the bride that her friends and family support her. Wearing something
blue can symbolize three different meanings: modesty, Virgin Mary, or a guarantee that a groom
will be loyal. The first use of wearing for modesty was in Rome, Italy. Wearing something blue
can also refer to the Virgin Mary because Catholics have a constantly picture her in this color.
Other people believe wearing blue will guarantee a faithful marriage due to the saying, Marry in
blue, lover be true. However, there is one part of the poem that is not mentioned: a silver
sixpence in her shoe. Although silver sixpences are not used anymore, brides used to abide by
this tradition as well. This part of the poem hints that this bridal tradition dates back to the
Victorian Era, which was around 1551 to 1967.
This website will be helpful to me because there are great details about each something. The
article provides not only the well-known symbolisms of each object, but others as well. By
providing different meanings, I will be able to fully explain why brides wear something old, new,
borrowed, and blue. This website also informs me that there is a part of the poem that the
traditions come from that is no longer used: the silver sixpence in a shoe. This poem, as well as
the saying Marry in blue, lover be true helps provide an estimate on when the tradition of
wearing this items began. They also show how greatly an impact they had on brides all over the
world since the tradition is still popular today.

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