Let’s take a look at some of the most popular wedding traditions; their origins and some modern twists on them! This is a continuation of Part 1.
White gown: Until the late 19th century, American brides wore formal dresses during their weddings. Black was the color of choice. Queen Victoria popularized the wearing of white gowns in England when she broke cultural norms and donned one at her wedding. At that time, white outfits were reserved for funerals and while grieving (and still are for Eastern cultures). Some fashion historians say white represents purity and virginity but, by all accounts, wearing white first symbolized unabashed joy. Americans fell in love with white bridal gowns sometime during the early to mid 20th century.
Modern Twist: Wear whatever color you want! If you love the idea of a white dress- go for it! If you want to do a bold, colored dress- go for it! There are a ton of options, from colors to fabrics, to choose from.
Bride’s veil: At least two reasons are given for why brides wear veils during the wedding ceremony. Superstition led some to believe a veil would protect a bride from evil spirits. It’s also thought that brides wore veils to hide their faces from grooms during arranged unions.
Modern Twist: Today the veil can tend to represent a bride’s modesty. However, it is more often a fashion statement — a compliment to the overall bridal look. There are so many varieties in length and style- choose whatever you love and think will be best for you!