Why do brides wear white?
It is very common tradition in western society for a bride to wear a white (or ivory) dress, but this was not always the case. Before the Victorian era, it was common amongst the working and lower classes to just wear your best dress. White was not a common colour of dress due to the difficulty to keep clean. So where did this tradition come from?
Long before it became the norm, white was associated with purity, virtue and faith – all of which was expected from a bride in years gone by, luckily we have out grown this stereotype, but why do we still wear white dresses.
Well the answer is Queen Victoria.
During her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, she wore a white wedding dress and it became a huge fashion trend. Everyone wanted to wear white and this has created a tradition which continues to go strong today.