History of the White Wedding Dress and What It Symbolizes

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History of the White Wedding Dress and What It Symbolizes

We all want to look our best on our wedding day, right? Traditionally, weddings and brides were always related to the color white. But have you ever wondered why? Do you know how it all started?

After some research and going back in history, we found some really interesting facts to share with you.

Where Did the Tradition of Wearing a White Wedding Dress Come From?

Wearing a wedding dress (not necessarily white) goes back to the middle ages, when brides were expected to look and wear their best to represent their family’s status. So a bride was expected to wear expensive fabrics, such as velvet and fur, especially if she came from a wealthy family. 

Although brides choose white to symbolize purity of the soul, white did not become popular until the 1840s.

White was not chosen for a wedding dress until after Queen Victoria wore a white dress when she married Albert of Saxe-Coburg. In those days, white symbolized wealth and blue was a symbol of purity. But Queen Victoria broke these traditions by wearing a white dress on her wearing day. She was also the first royal bride to have bridesmaids carry her train.

Many Brides looked at her wedding dress for inspiration and wanted similar dresses.


Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress.

1930 Fashion took a whole new stand. Women started wearing dresses that emphasize their female figures.


1960 Women started wearing dresses with tight sleeves and shorter veils; they also had their hair combed back.

1980 Princess Diana of Wales set the fashion trend for the 80's with her full skirt and big poufy sleeves.

Princess Diana's Wedding Dress.

1990 Embroidery, beading, corsets, and significant sleeves were the trend in the 1990s.


By the new century, bridal fashion continues to evolve and change, the choices have become unlimited.