Gwen Stefani adding a splash of pink to the traditional white in John Galliano
“Married in white, you will have chosen all right. Married in grey, you will go far away. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. Married in green, ashamed to be seen, Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow. Married in brown, you’ll live out of town. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.”
So an old saying goes… and certainly the colour white is currently the most popular choice for a wedding dress… but they weren’t always white. We tend to think that white symbolizes purity and chastity but in fact it was blue that used to symbolize this in medieval times. It was also identified with faithfulness. White was considered the traditional colour of mourning and therefore not the first choice for a wedding dress.
However in 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert she wore a white satin and lace gown. This set the trend with brides and everyone wanted to copy this look.
Before Queen Victoria dresses were all sorts of colours. Green and purple also popular in medieval times as these colours were associated with royalty and in more recent times brides simply wore their best dress on their wedding day. In the depression years of the twentieth century brides would often dye their dress after the wedding to get more use out of it.
After the Second World War though things got back on track to the style of the typical fabulous white wedding dress epitomized by Grace Kelly’s marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956.
These days you definitely don’t need to choose white – it’s your day and the moment you want to look most fabulous so keep your options open and choose something that is right and most flattering for you and suits what season of the year it is. Think about what compliments your tastes, skin and hair colour, body shape and what age you are and let your imagination go!