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The ‘Flying Veil’ describes an extravagant fashion trend which exploded worldwide after it was posted by Chinese media Shanghaiist.

Originating more than two years ago, the gimmick makes any bride look special as their ‘magical’ wedding veil flies across the aisle before gracefully landing on the blushing bride. The trend has caught attention from numerous celebrities, with on the Jimmy Show, with Jimmy proclaiming that he ‘wouldn’t mind returning to his wedding as the bride’.

Of course, like all quirky viral trends, the Flying Veil trend didn’t only attract fans. Opinions on the trend varied with people believing that it added an excellent ‘wow’ factor, with the ladies commenting that they wanted the same magical veil during their own wedding. To adverse opinions on ‘not following the traditional formula’ or it looking ‘cheap and tacky’ and ‘not having the money to spend on such high production wedding’ or even the veil ‘looks too much like a poltergeist.

The idea of the flying veil was most likely inspired by ladies’ desires for a dream-like disney ‘fairytale ending’ wedding with birds flying and carrying the veil. While there can’t be much said about the not following the traditional formula, several chinese wedding planners has come out and and told their clients that it could cost as cheaply as 1000 yuan or roughly AUD200, and in fact would encourage their client to consider it. And sure enough, Amazon sells these devices for as cheaply as USD140.99.

So how in the world does it work?

According to Buzzfeed, the trick was simply that the wedding veil was strung up on two runners, pulled along the aisle along two rails before it drops onto the bride.

According to what we could decipher from Amazon, it seems like the fishing wires which the flying veil hangs on is already intentionally broken to begin with. Through remote control, an engine absorbs the wires like the electric plug on a vacuum until the machine hits the ‘broken’ wires. The force of the machine hitting the wires will then snap the already broken wires and cause the veil to land on the bride’s crown.

But indeed, innovations are not without its’ failures. This video by the Southern China Morning Post shows some of the more funny (and embarrassing) flying veil fails.

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Bio: Bevin Liu is an ABC (Australian-born Chinese) in every sense of the word. Thinking that her life was set on a law degree, she is now going into the third year of her undergraduate degree in Journalism and International Studies (Majoring in China). On top of occasionally dropping into Captain Bagrats, she is working as a journalist for a regional newspaper, as the planning editor for Central News and trying to balance it with her new responsibilities as a member of UTS’s Academic Board. She would dabble in her love for animals and strange things through the university’s Cat Society and StartUp Link in her spare time.


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