Traditions and Myths
Did you know? The tradition of wearing the white wedding gown in association with purity is a vast misconception. White became popular in 1840, after the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe Coburg. Victoria wore a white gown for the event to incorporate some lace she prized. The official wedding portrait photograph was widely published and many other brides opted for white in accordance with the Queen’s choice. Later, many people assumed that the color white was intended to symbolize virginity though this was not the original intention. It was actually the color blue that was connected to purity. The white gown was and still is in fact a symbolic christening gown.
Original wedding gowns were a reflection of the bride’s personality, wealth, and status. Bold colors, velvet, fur, jewels, and other lavish embellishments were used to adorn these dresses. The veil was used as protection against evil spirits and the length of the veil was also used to measure how wealthy a bride was. A lot of the traditions that hold up today in fact began with a completely different meaning.
So why not just be you?!