• Susie Wilson

ORIGIN OF THE WHITE WEDDING DRESS

WHY ARE WEDDING DRESSES WHITE?

ORIGIN OF THE WHITE WEDDING DRESS By Susie Wilson


SHARE: Why are wedding dresses white? What are the meanings behind wedding dress colours? Learn about the history of wedding dresses and how the white wedding dress became so popular. Until the nineteen-hundreds, brides hardly ever bought a special wedding dress, opting for their best outfit instead.

WEDDING DRES'S COLOR MEANINGS Green was always avoided, as it was thought to be unlucky. White symbolic of purity and virginity and was also thought to ward off evil spirits. Married in White, you have chosen right Married in Grey, you will go far away Married in Black, you will wish yourself back, Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead, Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Blue, you will always be true, Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl, Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Brown, you will live in the town, Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.

THE ORIGIN OF THE WHITE WEDDING DRESS The white wedding dress, now a common tradition in the western world, originated with Anne of Brittany on the occasion of her marriage to Louis XII of France in 1499. But it wasn’t until 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, that the white dress was made popular. Now the white wedding dress is a classic. WHAT DOES THE GROOM WEAR TO THE WEDDING? To cut a dashing figure, the groom should match the bride. For a formal afternoon wedding, he should don a cutaway; after six, a black tie. There is no symbolism in his clothes, as there is in the brides. But there can be symbolism in the boutonniere he chooses. A red chrysanthemum means “I love you;” a white rose means “I am worthy of you;” a sweet William represents gallantry.