How and when did the white wedding dress originate?

And what was used before then for marriage ceremony?

11 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Best answer

    Queen Victoria chose white not because it symbolized purity, but because she wanted to show her people that she would run the country in an economical way. White was a much less expensive color to make than the colors typically popular for wedding dresses at the time (red, black, and purple). Plus, it gave her the option of using some lace that she already owned, rather than having something specially made.

    So basically, the white dress was originally a political move.

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  • 6 years ago

    When did men start wearing dull 'dark' suits/attire, and ties (nooses!), for their weddings? Probably in the damn 'Victorian' era, the 'Industrial Revolution/De-volution' era (the beginning industrialization of our minds!). It certainly wasn't the case in the European Renaissance, when men wore bright colors, and even ruffles and lace!)

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    White is not the traditional color of purity. Blue is. It's the veil that represents virginity.

    Before the white wedding dress was popularized in the 1800s among women of wealth, most brides just wore whatever dress was their best. Wealthy ladies had gowns designed for one wearing, but merchant and commoner classes seldom had the money for such luxuries, so the bride simply wore the nicest thing she had, or had a new dress made that she intended to wear again.

  • 9 years ago

    White has long been accepted as the traditional color of the wedding dress, but wedding gowns were not always white. The marriage of Queen Victoria to her cousin Albert of Saxe- Coburg in 1840 has had more influence on weddings than any other. Queen Victoria put the wheels in motion by marrying in white. Though brides continued to wed in gowns of different colors, white was now set as the color of choice for weddings and has continued ever since. In Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1849, this statement was printed: “ Custom has decided, from the earliest ages, that white is the most fitting hue, whatever may be the material. It is an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood, and the unsullied heart she now yields to the chosen one.”

  • 9 years ago

    It was done for a long time before hand, but not as often

    Queen Victoria wedding in 1840 made white wedding dress tradition

    It been very common since

    There have not been a royal wedding without a white wedding dress since then

  • 9 years ago

    i'm sure someone else will know when, but white is a sign of purity, and back when weddings began, people didn't live together before marriage, or really sleep together before marriage. therefore the bride would be a virgin, making her pure so she wore a pure white dress symbolizing that she wasn't "stained" but pure and white as snow

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