Wedings and colors
Wedings and colors
Wedings and colors
The History of the
White Wedding Dress
As a youngster -- or perhaps
even as an adult -- have you ever sat dreamily imagining yourself in a
fairytale wedding dress, about to marry your very own Prince Charming? And,
what color is the wedding dress? The chances are it's a white one. Millions of
girls and women that dream of the perfect marriage have a vision of the perfect
white wedding dress in their minds. But why white? Where did this tradition
Women Haven't Always Been Marrying in White
In fact, in the grand scheme of things, the tradition isn't even all that old.
The white wedding dress of today is deep-seated tradition, and for many is worn
to signify virtue as well as uphold tradition. Millions -- in fact billions --
of women all over the world start thinking about the perfect white wedding gown
before they have even found the perfect partner.
Britain is a place that is rife with traditions and legends, so it is little
wonder that the tradition of the white wedding dress was started by the English
Monarchy. It was the wedding of Queen Victoria that spawned the interest and
popularity of white wedding dresses as we know them today.
Queen Victoria married Albert of Saxe in 1840, and wore what would then have
been considered a flamboyant white gown. Of course, this did not start the
tradition immediately; however, many women saw this as a statement of class and
style, and copied the Queen by also getting married in white.
The white wedding dress in those days had nothing to do with being virtuous --
it was all about wealth. Getting married in a white, extravagant gown was a
sign that you could afford to buy a dress that you would never be able to wear
again because of its style and color (whites were not easy to clean in those
days as they are today!).
Of course, women still continued to be married in various colors and styles of
dress -- it was only the vain and the wealthy that insisted on white to follow
in the footsteps of the wealthy Monarch. However, during Edwardian times, the white
wedding dress once more soared to new heights of popularity, as Coco Chanel
unveiled its new knee-length white wedding dress, complete with extravagant
Even so, with the depression that followed World War I and the approach of
World War II, many women continued to make do with whatever type of dress they
could afford, and this went on for decades. Some women would marry in a short white informal wedding dress, which
could then be dyed and used as an everyday dress. Again, it was only the
fabulously wealthy that could really afford to splurge on an elaborate gown.
However, from the 1950s onwards, as the world watched Hollywood stars, royalty
and members of high society get wed in stunning white gowns, the tradition of
white became signed and sealed.
Wedding Dresses of Different Colors: A bit of folklore
As with many other things in life, there is much folklore and legend
surrounding the various other colors that brides have been known to wed in. One
old rhyme seems to sum up these notions:
Married in white, you have chosen all right.
Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
Married in red, you will wish yourself dead.
Married in blue, you will always be true.
Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow.
Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
Married in pink, your spirits will sink
Of course, most people will think nothing of this poem, apart from the fact
that each color has been coupled with a meaning that just happened to rhyme
very well. We all know that there are plenty of people that have married in
pinks, blues and every other color, and have enjoyed a long and happy marriage.
And we certainly know that there are plenty of people that have married in
white, who have not prospered quite so well.
Ordering Your Wedding Dress Online
Luckily, legend and folklore has given way to individuality in recent years,
and brides now enjoy getting married in the color of their choice. Both
celebrities and everyday women have injected their wedding dresses with their
own sense of style and personality, and we have seen women marrying in colors
ranging from delicate ivory to deepest red and even black.
Royalty and high society still tend to favour the tradition of marrying in
white. However, since simply wearing a white wedding gown can no longer mark
their stature due to the availability of the white wedding dress, they now do
this by infusing the dress with the most expensive silks, pearls and material
possible, making it worth a king's ransom by the time it is finished.
Luckily, we don't all have to pay a fortune to look stunning for our wedding
day, and there is now so much choice in color, style, material and design that
we can get married looking just the way we want -- and without having to sell
all of our worldly possessions to do so!
The Internet is a great source for wedding dresses. You can enjoy excellent
value for your money and unrivalled choice, enabling you to achieve just the
look and theme that you want for your special day. Whether you want a full-on
white gown with all the trimmings, a simple and elegant ivory dress, an
informal yet classy wedding dress or something totally unique in a rich,
vibrant color, the Internet will provide you with access to the perfect choice.
You will enjoy access to a wide range of dress styles online, including:
Traditional wedding gowns
Informal wedding dresses
Designer wedding dresses
Colored wedding gowns
Gothic or medieval style wedding gowns
Short wedding dresses
Long wedding dresses
You can also select from a wide choice of material, so you can feel and look as
stunning as you dare, and with the great quality available online you can
cherish your special dress for years to come -- perhaps even pass it down to
What Wedding Colors
The colors you choose for
your wedding day set the style and tone for your event. You can influence the
mood of your wedding through your choices of colors. Color appears in every
aspect of the wedding: the dresses, flowers, table decorations and the
Carefully consider the following when choosing your wedding theme colors:
-- The location of your wedding and reception. Choose colors that complement
-- The mood you want to create. Vibrant colors add excitement, while soft
colors induce a romantic ambiance. Also, colors are symbolic. For example,
green is the color of fertility and harmony whereas red represents beauty,
strength, passion, celebration and luck.
-- The time of year. The season you get married should influence your color
scheme. Spring and summer colors are lighter, while fall and winter weddings
lean in toward darker colors.