It may seem contrary to my last post, but my dream is to be married in white, I love long flowing gowns:
I love white, I love that it has become a tradition in New Zealand, and I want the typical dream of a fairy wedding including my puffy white dress and dream man. Getting married in white is so me, but I want my dress to be custom made, and have very strong opinions already on what it should look like.
I have been doing a bit of research into why so many women get married in white, and the reasons behind brides wearing white on their special day:
What is the history of the white wedding dress tradition?
White used to symbolize status, and mainly in the western culture the amount of fabric used for a wedding dress was a reflection on the social standing of the family the bride was marrying into. Mary Queen of Scots married in white in the 1500s, which lead a surge towards white weddings but the trend became widespread in the 1800s after Queen Victoria Married Albert in a white lace dress. Brides everywhere started opting for white.
I find the origins of the wedding bouquet fascinating, there are several different theories. The most popular understanding is that because in Victorian times baths were so uncommon and only happened once a year, the bridal party held bouquets of flowers to try and mask the smell of their unwashed bodies! I like the idea of the Greeks better; they used to bind flowers and plants together for garlands considering it nature’s gift to the bridal couple. Some say it started because brides carried herbs to ward off evil spirits, or up until recent times, brides carried garlic and dill. This originated from the Plague when the bride would hold herbs over her nose and mouth in order to survive.
On a more positive note, I love the symbols associated with white. White stands for purity and innocence; it is associated with light, goodness and virginity. White often represents a successful beginning and it is the colour of perfection. In heraldry, white is a symbol of faith, something I want at my wedding. Some of the dresses below are among favourite styles, my one will of course be custom made using these as my muses.