Did you know that white has not always been the color of wedding dresses in the Western culture?
It was not until Queen Victoria was married in a white wedding dress that the popularity for white grew. (She wanted to show off her lace!) Before then, the wedding dress was a symbol of status and wealth, the more elaborate, colorful, and decorated the dress, the wealthier the family.
Traditionally, the idea of a white wedding dress represented virginity, when in fact, it is the color blue that represents purity. White is a ‘christening’ color and stems from the idea of a young woman taking a religious vow.
Modern traditions are more accepting of including colors into the wedding dress, yet white (and its various hues of eggshell, ivory, and cream) remains the foundational color for wedding dresses.