All women dream of having the perfect wedding. What else makes a perfect wedding but a wedding dress that will make every bride look like a queen even for a day or night, depending on the time of the wedding ceremony?
A wedding dress is a piece of clothing worn by a bride during the wedding ceremony. The color, style, and over all look of the gown depends on the couple's culture and religion.
In modern times, western culture wedding dresses normally come in white and various shades of white, namely eggshell, ivory, or ecru. The use of white for wedding gowns may have its origin in the 1840s during the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg. The queen chose white as the color of her wedding dress and other women followed her lead.
During the Victorian era, women opted to get married wearing a gown in a color of their choice except black because that is related to mourning, and red that is associated with prostitutes. The white dress since became a symbol for purity of the heart and childhood innocence. Later, the color white became synonymous with virginity.
The term bridal gown came from the word al which means "party" combined with bride equals bridal party gown. In the Middle Ages, wedding parties were simply known as Brid-als. A bridal train is the word used for the part of the wedding dress that trails behind the bride. The term came from similar trains worn by kings and queens which are derived from peacocks that were known as royal birds.
Veils are clothing worn exclusively by women to cover some part of her head or face. A Western woman normally wears a veil on her wedding day if she chooses an all white wedding motif. Brides used to wear their hair long, flowing down their back during their wedding to symbolize virginity. Nowadays, the white veil is often used to represent virginity.
So the next time you look at the blushing bride as she walks down the aisle in her wedding dress, you know how this wedding dress evolved into what it looks today.