As long as mankind has been inhabiting the earth so has the history of the wedding dress. The word, “Wedding” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “wedd” that meant is those good ole olden days a man “plithing his troth” entering a legal agreement, which is where we get the term “betrothal.”
The weddings of today are a symbol commitment and love between a man and a woman – the handsome bride and groom. In times of old marriages and weddings alike were more like a business agreement between two families creating a strong alliance. The choice of the wedding dresses, then, were chosen to present the bride’s family as a showcase of who they were in terms of socioeconomic status.
The traditional white wedding dress was not made popular until the mid-1840, it was after Queen Victoria wore a white dress when she wed Sir Albert. The color white symbolizes purity of the bride-to-be soul.
During the 30’s fashion took over creating a new look. Wedding dresses were designed to emphasize the beauty of the brides figure.
Bridal fashion will continue to evolve as it’s all in the love of the dress!