The wedding dress has a long history and is just one of the most spectacular occasions in a ladies life apart from baptism and burial. We all know the bride loves her BIG DAY more than the groom. Throughout history ladies have always tried to make their wedding dress the most special dress they will ever wear. They strive to look beautiful and be a perfect bride.
We all know that royal princesses want to be the most beautiful princess the world has ever seen and some do achieve this and look amazing. However in medieval times royal marriages were more of a political importance and were used to seal alliances between countries and the bride was under pressure to look magnificent to uphold the status of her country and truly impress the bridegroom's father and country by having beauty and wealth, which shone even if they could not afford it. Jewellery was looked at closely to see the quality and stones.
They used massive amounts of the most expensive material to be found, especially velvet, satin, silk with gold and silver thread and sometimes fur. Remember in them times all materials were hand woven and dyed if needed. They used strong and rich colours, knowing that only the very rich could afford such colours, as they were difficult to find unlike the natural vegetable based shades. The dresses were embellished with many precious stones like diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies not forgetting precious pearls. This sometimes caused problems; like it did for Margaret of Flanders in the fifteenth century when her wedding dress was so heavy she had problems walking in her robes and had to be carried by two gentlemen into the church. How bad is that? I wouldn’t say that was classy, perhaps she was drunk. It was popular for the wedding dress trains to be several metres in length.
We all know not every bride in the past was a princess and most could not afford a fancy extravagant wedding dress. The brides of normal families wore copies of the royal wedding dresses or of ladies of a higher social class. Sounds no different than what happens today in our modern world. A woman of noble status would get lower standard gems and fabrics, but would look just as good without the same expense as the super wealthy. She was sure to impress her family and friends.
Going downhill now to the poor bride sounds more like me. The poor bride would have a wedding dress made from linen or in some cases fine wool. I am feeling itchy now!
An ordinary girl in the old days (this is me) would wear a sparingly cut dress, but decent with long flowing sleeves and a long train as this was a status symbol to uphold. Today in our modern times a symbol of the bride with a long train has lost its original meaning, but has become a tradition and most girls’ still want one, the longer the better.