From colourful robes to royal white dresses: the history of white wedding gowns.

The origin of the long practiced white wedding dress trend.

Before the white colour trend spread, a bride was married in any colour and black being popular in Scandinavia.

White was recognized as a mourning colour eespecially for French queens. Brides mainly wore black, brown or such dark colours with few exceptions like green and yellow as were considered unlucky.

Blue later became the popular choice because of it’s connection to religion and virgin mary as it represents purity and piety.

In 1406, a princess wore a white dress for a royal wedding between her and Eric of Pomerania. She wore a tunic with a cloak in white silk bordered with grey squirrel and remind fur.

In 1559, Mary, Queen of Scots wore a white wedding dress when she married her first husband, Francis, the Dauphin of France. This is because white was her favourite colour.

In 1840, after the marriage of Queen Victoria and Albert of Saxe-Coburg on the 10th of February, where she wore a white heavy satin bustle style gown trimmed with honiton lace and a satin shoe. The illustrations were widely published and many brides opted to the queen’s choice.

It became a trend among royal brides and brides from wealthy home. The widows who remarried then didn’t wear white, they wore pure ivory, salmon, lavender, rose/voilet and satin dresses trimmed with ostrich feathers.

Queen Victoria has been accredited for the wide spread of the white wedding dress trend that is still in practice today.

In 1981, Princess Diana walked down the aisle in a grand ivory silk taffeta and lace gown.

Her wedding dress style has become the more acceptable than bustle style of Queen Victoria. This is what evolved into the ball gown style wedding dresses we see today.

Now,wedding dress colours are made white and all shades of white (eggshell, ecru and ivory), shades of blue, all shades of gold, grey, pink and even black; different colours and designs according to the bride’s choice.


The notion of white coloured wedding dress to signify purity is untrue.

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