Where white wedding traditions really came from

Where white wedding traditions really came from

People have been tying the knot for centuries. And, over the years, ceremonies and the attire worn to them have undergone a lot of changes – but some still remain as ‘tradition’. Why though? We’ve gone back in time to find out exactly why wearing white is so significant, amongst other clothing practices we take for granted.

1 Say ‘yes’ to the dress

In the Middle Ages, weddings were more a matter of politics than love; unions occurred between families, businesses and even countries. As a result, brides dressed in a manner that cast their families in the most favourable light. Rich colours and exclusive fabrics that represented their social status were important hence the dramatic and often excessive use of material in bridal garments of that time.

2 White wedding

Most people know that wearing white symbolises the bride’s virtue but that’s not the only reason. Wearing this hue was also a representation of wealth, sometimes more than purity, as not all families could afford white clothing. The white dress was also popularised by Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert in 1840 when she ditched the traditional silver gown for one in white satin. The impact of this can still be felt today as, even now, white is the most popular choice for brides.

3 Behind the veil

Not only is a veil a stunning addition to your dress but it also represents a layer of protection. In previous centuries where the belief in witchcraft was rife, veils were worn to guard the bride against demons and other spirits. The veil covered the bride’s entire face with the idea that if unholy spirits couldn’t see her, they couldn’t curse her.

4 With the band

The custom of the groom removing the garter from the bride’s leg and tossing it to the single men in attendance wasn’t always a ‘thing’. In the past, the garter was prized as a token of love that also held magical properties. As such, men who attended the wedding would attempt to remove the garter and attach it to their hats for good luck.

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