The History of the Bridal Dress

A wedding dress reminds one of the old rhyme, “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”.

Married in White, you have chosen right.

For centuries brides have thought about these lines and planned their wedding day attire accordingly.

Why? One might ask, and the answer goes back to the good old Victorian era where pretty much all modern day wedding traditions came into being.

In this post, I wanted to discuss some traditions and how relevant they are today and how we can incorporate a little history into our perfect day.

Let’s start with the most obvious one, The White Wedding Dress.

Wearing a white dress on your wedding day was made popular by Queen Victoria in 1840.

Subsequently someone wrote a poem that went.

Married in White, you have chosen right. Married in Grey, you will go far away. Married in Black, you will wish yourself back. Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead. Married in Green, ashamed to be seen. Married in Blue, you will always be true. Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl. Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow. Married in Brown, you will live in the town. Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.
None of this is actually true, but in the 1800’s they seemed to think that ‘if it rhymes it must be true’, and so for years all brides from places influenced by the British royals, wore white.

Now, in the present, due to our ever shrinking world and blending cultures and traditions, does colour even matter?

After all, it’s your day and it’s what you want that matters.

Tradition no 2. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Dating back to the 1800’s (again), this mostly revolved around warding off evil spirits and wishing for love happiness and prosperity.

Since then it has evolved into 4- 5 items that represent your past, present and future and overall good vibes on your big day.

Is it a necessary tradition? No.

But why jinx good luck and future prosperity?

Here, at our Karyn Martin Designs studio, we like to incorporate the personality of every bride, customizing each outfit. Whether it be style or colour, we’re with you every step of the way.

Connect with us, let’s go on your wedding dress journey together.

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