{ history of the } White Wedding Dress
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29 August 2013
By Rachel
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My alterations for my wedding dress are next week.  While contemplating an all liquids diet, I also begin to wonder when this white tradition came about for wedding dresses. After skimming through my hilariously vintage Emily Post book on wedding etiquette (more on that on another day) and doing some good old googling, I find out it is because of this girl:

 



 

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotna in 1840. She actually proposed to him during one of his visits to Windsor! 


 

 


Royal brides before Victoria did not typically wear white, instead choosing heavy brocaded gowns, typically with red as the main color, embroidered with white and silver thread. European and American brides had been wearing a plethora of colors, including blue, yellow, and neutral colors like black, brown, or gray.

As royal weddings always tend to launch new trends, Victoria’s color of choice spread across the Atlantic and throughout Europe. Because of the limitations of laundering techniques, white dresses provided an opportunity to show wealth & prestige. They were favored as a way to show the world that the bride's family was so wealthy and so part of the upper class that the bride would and could choose an elaborate dress that could be ruined by any sort of spill.

At the time of Victoria’s wedding, the mechanical lace machine had been invented. Victoria specifically wanted to promote the hand-made lace industry, so she chose to have  A LOT of ornate lace used on her dress.


 

 

 

I love tradition, but also think it is really great to slightly bend the rules every now and then, in order to do what feels right to you! For example, our bride, Katrina, donned a pale pink dress for her wedding last March.

 

 

    

Photo Credit: Meg Baisden Photography
    

 

She looked so breathtaking in the gown....the unique color really suited her and her style!

Stay tuned next week for a full recap of her wedding!

{ Rachel }

 

 

PS: Queen Victoria wrote this on her wedding night. Maybe it is because I am on a perpetual wedding high, but it is sort of sweet! 

"I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert ... his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before! He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness – really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband! ... to be called by names of tenderness, I have never yet heard used to me before – was bliss beyond belief! Oh! This was the happiest day of my life!" 

 

 

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