What is a Mantilla?

A Mantilla is a veil that is traditionally made with pieces of black or white lace that are draped over a woman’s head when attending Mass.

At Catholic wedding ceremonies, this is a popular choice for the bride’s cape-like draping to cover her shoulders.

 Key Points

  • Traditionally the mantilla is used during the consecration portion of the Catholic ceremonial mass.
  • The couple kneels and the mantilla is draped over the shoulders of the groom and the head of the bride until they rise for the “Our Father” prayer.
  • Some Mantilla’s will come with an attached comb, but traditionally, it’s worn over a large decorated high comb.
  • The comb keeps the veil in place throughout the ceremony.


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