So, you’re getting married and have found the perfect off-the-shoulder, empire waist, white chiffon dress with handmade flower details cascading down the bottom. A single tear rolls down your grandmother’s cheek as she praises you for being the most beautiful traditional bride she has ever seen, but, you’re not a “traditional” bride, are you? You’re a dare devil, an adventurer. You’re a colour outside the lines, think outside the box kinda gal, and the “traditional” white gown just isn’t going to cut it.
White represents purity they say… innocence, a new beginning. Well, until recently, white represented wealth and before then it represented mourning, blue represented femininity and pink masculinity??? That’s a story for another day. Back to the topic at hand… The white dress. Tradition in the western culture dictates that a bride is to wear white on her wedding day because of the connotation with innocence and virginity.
If this tradition isn’t as old as marriage itself like we all thought, then when did it begin? It wasn’t until 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg on February 10th. In Queen Vic’s time, tradition dictated the bride wear blue (something borrowed, something blue…), as this was the colour that symbolised purity and virginity. Despite the tradition of her time, Queen Vic chose to go against the grain and wore a white dress on her wedding day, simply because she liked it. This was seen as inappropriate in her day. Considering the fact that she was only 21 at the time, she was certainly strong-minded and audacious.
Going Queen Vic
Over the years, more and more brides are choosing to be different, a little rebellious, choosing to go against the tradition of the white wedding dress, with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon all opting for pink, unique wedding dresses. When burlesque dancer, Dita Von Tesse said I Do to singer Marilyn Manson, she did so in a in a purple corseted ensemble by Vivienne Westwood. Go ahead start your own tradition.
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Whether you’re looking for a more traditional white gown or you’re looking for a little something different, contact a representative from Vonvé Bridal Contour to choose a wedding dress that is as unique as you.