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The wedding dress: the history and traditions

In European culture, the wedding dress is traditionally white, but did you know that this has not always been the case? We invite you to discover the history of wedding dresses and traditions associated with them. 

The wedding dress in the Roman Empire

Under the Roman Empire, the bride was already wearing a white robe and wearing a crown of orange blossoms as lucky.

The tradition of white wedding dress was then forgotten during the Middle Ages, before reappearing in the nineteenth century, under the leadership of the Catholic religion.

Dresses of various colors

In medieval times, brides were not accustomed to wearing a dress specifically for their wedding, but simply wore their best dress. The wedding dress has long been a reflection of regional customs.

To put their dresses on other occasions and ceremonies, married popular media have long worn dresses in color (brown, blue, throat, pigeon, gray ...).

Even in privileged backgrounds and for weddings, wedding dresses were made of colored fabrics, embellished with tassels of gold or silver trim around and, according to current fashion.

Tradition says that Mary Stuart I was the first to wear a white dress when she married Francois II, the white color is the color the Dukes of Guise (family she was born in).

Trends of the nineteenth century to today

It was not until the nineteenth century that the Catholic Church will resume and continue the tradition of the white robe, symbol of purity and virginity.

The wedding dress then follow current fashions and trends of fashion.
After the shortage of tissue from the Second World War, long dresses, loose and flared to the feet are back in fashion designers like Christian Dior.
Grace Kelly's dress is emblematic of the 1950s.

After May 1968, some anti-conformism and reign of brides come to the mayor in every day costume or even pants!
Yet the princess dresses are always in vogue: the grand wedding of Princess Diana in 1981 marks the spirits and inspires the creators of the models with flared skirt, embroidery and beads.

In the early 1990s, the mode returns to a more sober and color is back in the form of buttons in pastel colors. Today, there are bridal gowns for all tastes, including with colors or prints.

The traditions of the wedding dress

In ancient times, the custom was that each guest can keep a small piece of the wedding dress as a lucky charm. Only remnant of this tradition, the bride now offers its guests favors wrapped in a piece of lace or tulle.

Formerly, the bride should have prepared all her trousseau, but should not be sewed her dress because it was bad luck. She could not look in a mirror by trying it.

An Anglo-Saxon bride wants the door the day of the ceremony something old (often a family heirloom), something new (usually the dress), something borrowed (a friend or a family member deemed to have made a very happy marriage) and something blue (color symbolizing love, modesty and fidelity).



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