Atmosphere Productions: Wedding Gowns: 8 Things You Didn't Know
1) The first American wedding traditions can be traced back to the British settlement in Jamestown. There is evidence of multicolor wedding dresses available in those early days. Black being especially popular in Scandinavia.
2) White became the preferred color for both the informal wedding dress and formal wedding gown after the famous royal wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840. The wedding dress with train and veil became the new trend of the 1870's.
3) The luxurious floor length clothing worn by brides in the middle of Depression Era America, became officially known as the Wedding Gown.
4) In the 19th century most American couples were wed by a clergyman at the home of the Bride, with an informal ceremony. The Bride wore the best dress she had, could afford or could make.
5) Over the centuries, the amount of material a wedding dress contained also was a reflection of the bride's social standing.
6) Most assume that the color white was intended to symbolize virginity, even though the color blue is connected to purity. The white gown is in fact a symbolic Christening gown.
7) Red silk wedding saris are the traditional garment choice for Brides in Indian culture.
8) Wedding dresses reflect the changing styles of our times. In the late 1960's mini wedding dresses were popular. Due to non-traditional, non-first-time weddings, and women who are marrying later in life, today's Brides are tending not to follow the latest trends.