Monday, December 10, 2012

Why Are Wedding Dresses White?

Have you ever wondered why are wedding dresses white? Why not blue, green, yellow or red? 

I was watching the movie Sleepless in Seattle on TV last night when the thought struck (and to be honest, it's quite annoying when your mind suddenly think of something and you have to go google for answer ASAP).
Of course we have seen wedding dresses of other colors in recent years, especially red dresses among the Chinese community. But white wedding dresses are still the most popular of them all. A little googling reveals that the tradition began when Queen Victoria of England wore a white wedding dress at her wedding in 1840. Prior to that, wedding dresses were merely formal dresses for special occasions, and they could be of any colors except red and black which were associated with prostitution and mourning respectively.
Red equals whoredom? I don't mind if she's this hot. Image:
Queen Victoria's wedding photographs were widely publicized, which led to the eventual rise of white wedding dresses. The funny thing is that the photograph was in black and white, so of course the general public then couldn't distinguish whether it was really white or slightly grey. Or light blue. Or yellow.
Queen Victoria in her wedding dress in 1840. Image:
The white dresses were, however, only popular among rich women initially because the dresses could not be washed for another occasion.
And there is an old poem about how the color of your wedding dress could affect your marriage:

Married in white, you will have chosen all right. 
Married in grey , 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.

Apart from wealth, white is also associated with virginity, innocence and happiness.
Ironic, given the diminishing faction of ladies who remain virgin until marriage nowadays.



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