Saturday, August 25, 2012

Traditions: White Wedding Dress

So we know as little girls that when we grow up and get married we are supposed to wear a beautiful white bridal gown. The question remains....why white? When did that tradition start?

Wearing the white gown dates back to the Victoria times when Queen Victoria abandoned the usual royal tradition of wearing a silver gown. Instead Queen Victoria decided to wear a white gown during her wedding ceremony.  Before that time brides simply wore their best gown, rather than a dress specific for a wedding.  The popularity of white then rose. Factors such as the symbolization of purity and virginity became important. White was also thought to ward off evil spirits.