We recently bought a vintage wedding dress for Pegasus Vintage, our Etsy shop and I started to wonder about the history of the wedding dress.
White wedding dresses came into vogue after Queen Victoria married her cousin, Alfred Saxe-Coburg in 1840. Since that time womwn have traditionally worn white wedding dresses. White is supposed to symobolise innocence and purity.
The veil is an even more interesting phenomenon. Here are a list of reasons given for wearing a veil!
1. It has been said that it covers a wife's horns - she is not supposed to be evil on her wedding day!
2. It is also said to be worn because many marriages were arranged and they did not want the groom to run away if the bride was too ugly. The groom had often not seen his bride before the big day.
3. The veil is worn to tempt the groom, the bride's face is not visible so the groom has to use his imagination. This is apparently sexier than full exposure!
4. It is said to be unlucky for a groom to see his bride before the wedding so she wears a veil to protect herself.
5. The veil is there to protect the bride from demons, the demons cannot see the bride and the bridesmaids are used as decoys. They are dressed attractively but not in veils so that they can be taken by the devil if necessary!
The Wedding train on the dress does not seem to have much significance, it is said the the longer the train the more opulent that bride!
There are always people who will take this to extremes!
Flowers are also an interesting part of the wedding ceremony, originally it was flower and herb garlands. Sage was used for wisdom, garlic to ward off evil spirits and dill to make the bride only lust after her husband!
Those were the days!
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