White Wedding Dress

People like to entail profound meanings to the colors of wedding gowns. There is an old poem about how the color of your wedding dress will influence your future: “Married in white, you will have chosen all right. Married in grey, you will go far away. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. Married in green, ashamed to be seen, Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow. Married in brown, you’ll live out of town. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.” To some extent, the white wedding dress symbolize you have a perfect love with your Mr. Right.

I have been told a joke about white wedding dress. It goes like this: a fresh-faced lad on the eve of his wedding night asks his mother, “Mom, why are wedding dresses white?” The mother looks at her son and replies, “Son, white wedding dress shows the town that your bride is pure.” The son thanks his mom, and then seeks his father opinion, “Dad, why are wedding dresses white?” The father looks at his son in surprise and says, “Son, all household appliances come in white.” Of course, this is just a joke to amuse. But it really initials a wonder why the bride often wears white wedding dress.

Millions of girls and women that dream of the perfect marriage with a white wedding dress in their minds. But why white is preferred? Where did this tradition come from? Historically speaking, white has long been accepted as the traditional color of the wedding dress, which became popular in the Victorian era, after Queen Victoria wore a white wedding dress at her wedding. Though brides continued to wear in gowns of different colors, white was now set as the color of choice for weddings and has continued ever since. Various theories for the meaning of this color choice have been put forward, from an appreciation of color symbolism, to represent purity of heart and the innocence of childhood. Later, it was mistakenly believed that the color white symbolized virginity and should be worn only by a virgin bride.In Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1849, white wedding dress is mentioned once again. He said: “Custom has decided, from the earliest ages, that white is the most fitting hue, whatever may be the material. It is an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood, and the unsullied heart she now yields to the chosen one.”

In the past, Chinese think the color of white shows sadness and usually wear white dress in the funeral ceremony and for the wedding Chinese are in favor of the color of red, the traditional color of good luck. Nowadays, in modern Chinese weddings, particularly in Western countries, the bride usually opts for the white Western dress or changes from a white wedding dress to a red gown later in the day and sometimes a gold colored gown later on.


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