Do I have to wear white on my wedding day?
Today's bride may find herself asking this question more often than not. With all the traditions, and old wive's tales, how is it that brides started wearing white? Is this written in stone? You decide!
The white bridal gown... it signifies purity and innocence, or so we thought. If you ask your grandmother, this might be what she would say. Many believe that is why brides predominantly wear white. With new trends and new lifestyles, brides are now questioning if that is the right color for them. Well lets dig into history and figure out how this white dress thing got started. A simple search on the internet or visit to the library, perhaps in the fashion history section, you will find fashion trends are not a new thing. As a matter of fact fashion has been around probably since the beginning of time.
--- Have you noticed that any time you see one of those very old wedding portraits of some diplomat or princess, it really does not immediately strike you as a wedding portrait? Probably because the bride is seldom wearing white. You may find green, black, blue.... but white? Not often at all. Not until the 19th century. Why is this? Well back in the 1700's and 1800's brides wore colors that signified things. Green for wealth, Black... well because it looked good and it was readily available, red signifying royalty or auspiciousness. Back then the color of the gown told you if the bride was affluent, or a dignitary. Until a certain queen.