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Queen Victoria in her white wedding dress

The history of the White Wedding Dress began when Queen Victoria insisted on wearing the colour as she tied the knot with her cousin, Albert in 1840. Dripping with orange blossoms, her stunning white dress inspired thousands of common folk to follow suit. Up until then, brides wore blue as a symbol of purity. Research also showed that over 25,000 weddings from 350 years ago had cakes made from stuffed meat. How epic!

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While contemporary weddings are often a symbol of love and commitment between the bride and the groom, for most of history, weddings were more like a business deal in which two families joined forces for a beneficial arrangement or alliance. Wedding dresses, then, were chosen to present the bride’s family in the best light, especially in terms of wealth and social status.

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Tiwa Savage In Her Wedding Dress by Vera Wang

The white dress trend grew scarce during the Great Depression when times were hard and it was difficult for most people to spend money on a gown they would never wear again. Instead, brides returned to the tradition of wearing their best outfit, which was usually a darker colour instead of white.

Diana Princess of Wales picture in her wedding dress which was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel

Diana Princess of Wales pictured in her wedding dress which was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel

Following an economic boom in the second half of the 20th century, white became a popular colour once more, as evidenced by the weddings of Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and other iconic women who married during this time.

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Stephanie Okereke in her wedding dress by Elie Saab

The bride’s tradition of lobbing a bouquet over her head is also relatively new. In the 18th century, a glass ring was placed inside the cake and tradition stated whoever found it would be next to wed. Also, engagement rings were introduced only in the late 19th century – after a marketing campaign by diamond company De Beers.

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Toolz Oniru in her wedding dress designed by Ezra Couture

These days, brides can choose from millions of colours, styles and fabrics for their walk down the aisle. While the shape and style vary drastically from bride to bride, traditional white and light-colored dresses are still most popular, as many today view white not so much as a symbol of wealth but rather one of purity and virtue. We wish all the November bride-to-be a fabulous one.


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Written By Omoefe Ohworakpo

Image Credit: Wikipedia, BellaNaija, AllInterstering

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