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Fun Facts about Wedding Gowns

Updated: Jul 11, 2019

When you were a young girl, you most likely dreamed about your wedding celebration and the style of dress you may choose. Will you wear a ball gown or something fitted and sleek? Weddings have so much symbolism and the dress is an important part.

You may associate the white wedding gown to American history. However, in the past, girls getting married wore their finest Sunday dress. Wearing white became popular in the 1840's. Queen Victoria was the first woman to wear a white wedding dress. At that time, white was symbolic for wealth and purity.

Today, ivory and champagne have become top choices for many brides although, they now have a plethora of colors to choose from. In the past, it was a tradition for a mother to pass on her wedding dress to her daughter. This was done to represent continuity with tradition and history. For this reason, many designers presently are creating gowns that are vintage in style.

Have you wondered about the meaning of the saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe? This quote also dates back to Victorian times.Something old connects the bride’s family with the past and symbolizes purity, love, and fidelity. Some brides may wear a special piece of jewelry from a relative or add lace from a mother’s or grandmother’s gown.

New is often and most likely the wedding gown. This symbolizes good fortune and success in the marriage. Borrowed is a reminder that family and friends will always be available when they are needed. Blue represents loyalty. Many times the blue item is found on the garter.

The silver sixpence in the shoe is a wish for wealth for the couple.

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