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Wedding Traditions- Why Are Dresses White?

Long before Queen Victoria set the trend of wearing a white wedding dress, European brides bought a practical garment that would be worn on many occasions after the marriage.  The lower class favored black as it made the dress more practical.  I once read that author Jane Austen’s mother wore a red dress to her ceremony, this was typical for someone of her socioeconomic background.  When a white dress was worn, it was a color of mourning, brides would don white when they had recently lost a close relative, that was of course until Queen Victoria came along.

Are we seeing a trend for colored wedding dresses?  Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Gwen Stefani and other famous people chose to wear a non-white dress for their wedding.  Or should I say; are we seeing fashion go further back into the tradition of a colored wedding dress…since historically gowns have had color for longer than they have not.  The history behind gowns is rich and full of influence from fashion, social status, religion and culture.

The runway, 2012, is definitely showing more color this year than in many years past with colored wedding dresses or splashes of color on the wedding dress.  It will be interesting to see if the trend takes hold.  Do you have a prediction?  Are you a bride that wants to set herself apart from the others, or are you more steeped in tradition?  Did you ever know the background of why us girls choose white in the first place?  I would love to hear from you!

One of the publications that showcased a departure from the white wedding dress was Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, but then again, it had many white dresses as well!

Whatever you choose: a pink dress, white, or white with a splash of color at the sash, you will look beautiful.  Enjoy your special day, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!


ps.    WOW, this just in:  Check out Vera Wang’s black wedding dress!  The dress was recently featured in an article titled “10 Unforgettable Weddings Gowns” via Brides.com – published March 26, 2012.