The vast majority of brides in the west wear white on the wedding day, and the tradition (although barely a century old) has gained several connotations over the years. Before Victorian times, brides would marry in any colour (although most avoided black and sometimes white because they were mournin

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Why A Bride Wears a White Wedding Dress

The vast majority of brides in the west wear white on the wedding day, and the tradition (although barely a century old) has gained several connotations over the years. Before Victorian times, brides would marry in any colour (although most avoided black and sometimes white because they were mourning colours). Queen Victoria's choice to wear white in her 1840 wedding set a trend and soon it became standard for brides to wear white.

That said, just because the tradition of wearing white began as a fashion choice does not denigrate the spirituality many feel is now associated with the colour. Many brides hold the tradition of wearing wedding white above reproach even though it is in fact rather modern. This is often tied to social mores as well. In the American south for example, wearing a white wedding gown when one is not a virgin is seen as slightly affronting and such brides often wear beige or another off-white colour. Although not related to the spiritual element, it is now also deemed to be a serious social faux pas to wear white as a guest at a wedding.

While white is the ‘wedding' colour in the western tradition, the same rule does not apply in the east. Generally women wear red in Asian countries on their wedding day as red is often a colour associated with luck in Asian cultures. Although the practice is certainly not uniform across the diverse Asian cultures, it does have a status somewhat like that of wedding white in the west.

Ironically, white was not the traditional colour for women who wanted to show their piety and purity. Influenced by Catholic teachings on Marian devotions, blue was the original colour associated with virginity and purity in the Christian faith.

 

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