In 1840, Queen Victoria wore what people describe as a “flamboyant white gown”. In those days, wearing white clothing signified that you were wealthy and could afford to purchase a dress that you may never wear again. Wedding dresses were all different colors, shapes, and styles. Most women wore dresses that they could slightly alter and wear again. Another famous white wedding dress that presented itself after Queen Victoria was a knee-length white wedding dress designed by the infamous Coco Chanel. Even so, women still just wore what they would afford, and still only those that came from wealth had the means to wear an elaborate gown on their wedding day. The white wedding dress tradition is still very, relatively new. Queen Victoria may have been the first in 1840 but the tradition didn’t really set in and take off until about 1950. Now most people can’t dream of a wearing a wedding dress that is any other color than white.
However, there are always those that want to start their own traditions and such, so if you’re thinking about wedding in a gown other than white, here’s an old folklore that may help you decide what color to go with.
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