It’s a nice day for a white wedding.
For the longest of times, weddings have been regarded as the most important day of a woman’s life. The big white dress, the flowers, the band of gold are all symbols of uniting two hearts into one and celebrating wedded bliss. Where did it all start though? Why the white dress? The veil? The garter? It’s all deeply rooted in various traditions or ethnicity.
Whenever a little girl pictures her wedding, chances are that the first thing she thinks of is the white ball gown, but why the color white? For quite some time, the color white has been regarded as a symbol of purity and joy. The white wedding gown however was popularized by Queen Victoria in her 1840 royal wedding. The white dress became a sort of status symbol and was copied throughout the globe. The white dress displayed the symbol of wealth because it showed that the bride could afford a new dress that would never be worn again as white was difficult to keep clean. Throughout the depression in the U.S., white dresses were bought and then dyed into a darker color after the wedding so that it could be worn again. In many Asian cultures, the color red is worn by the bride on the wedding day as a symbol of luck. Nowadays, a wedding dress can come in a variety of colors. Traditional dresses remain white or ivory however. There are now over fifty shades of white available in fabric colors, so finding one to compliment your own unique skin tone can be easily done.
Here is a picture of Queen Victoria in her wedding dress. Mary Queen of Scots also wore a white dress on her wedding day. However, because white was the color of mourning in France at the time, the color trend was not well received. Photo via: JPG
Why the ring on the ring finger?
Ancient Egyptians believed that the vein in the ring finger was directly connected to the heart. How fitting to place a symbol of love there! The band symbolizes eternity and never ending love.
Catch the bouquet.
The first bouquets were not made up of flowers. Brides actually carried herbs that were believed to ward off evil spirits. Flowers and herbs both have different meanings and symbolization. For more information on floral meanings and colors, visit here.
Something old something new something borrowed.
The something borrowed is said to represent past ideals of the unity of marriage. Ideally, something is borrowed from a happily married couple with the hopes that their luck will rub off onto you.
This tradition is rooted in ancient Israel. The Virgin Mary was thought to wear blue as a sign of fidelity and virginity. The something blue can be visible or it can be hidden, such as a garter or a handkerchief. Some brides paint their toes blue or wear a blue ribbon sewn into the inside of their dress.
A lucky sixpence in your shoe.
A shiny new penny worn in the brides shoe for the day is said to bring good fortune to the couple’s new life.