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The White Wedding Dress

The White Wedding Dress

Today, brides are still wearing the traditional white dress, however many brides choose Ivory or off white, depending on their skin tone and coloring. Brides do choose to marry in blue, green and even black, but it seems most girls still have a tendency towards the traditions of old.
Being a lover of poetry myself I quote you the old poem which suggests how the color of your dress can influence your future marriage:

"Married in white, you will have chosen all right.
Married in gray, you will go far away.
Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
Married in red, you'll wish yourself dead.
Married in blue, you will always be true.
Married in pearl, you'll live in a whirl.
Married in green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow.
Married in brown, you'll live out of town.
Married in pink, your spirits will sink. "

Did you know that wedding gowns were not always white. History has played an influence in the traditions of today and as far back as 1840 The marriage of Queen Victoria to her cousin Albert of Saxe-Coburg has had a great influence on weddings.
Queen Victoria set the trend by marrying in white however brides continued to get married in bridal gowns of different colors but white was seen as the color of choice. White symbolizes a brides virginity and innocence.

Edwardian brides became more extravagant as the decade progressed but this was not to last long with the outbreak of World War 1. Styles then became simpler and began to reflect the changing role of women in society. Coco Chanel introduced the short wedding dress in the 1920s. A white dress knee length with a long train, making white the universal color for wedding dresses. Once the war ended and people prospered once more the large dream weddings of the Victorian era became a reality once more.

Women have throughout history wanted to look as beautiful as princesses on their wedding day, for most it is the sacred occasion that has been dreamt of since they were little girls and it is the perfect occasion to feel special and look exquisite. Since the 1950s the women have become more individualistic and brides now stand before their grooms adorned in silk and lace gowns of varying lengths and shades. Whatever your choice this is your fairytale day and the perfect opportunity to reflect your own style and elegance.

Source by Justine Engelbrecht

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