8 things every bride should wear on her wedding day.
Updated: Jan 6, 2022
Much is said about the elements that a bride should wear on the big day, but do you know what their meaning is? In this blog we will explain what each of them means.
The first thing you will need is the wedding dress. Obviously! But where does the belief that a bride's dress should be white come from?
Back in the 1700s and 1800s, white was associated with mourning and no brides wanted to be reminded of grief on their wedding day. While some daring brides, like Mary Queen of Scots in 1558, made bold fashion statements by wearing white, it was certainly not the color most brides preferred. Instead, in early church weddings, brides were more likely to wear—brace yourself—red when they tied the knot. Wealthy brides (mostly from the aristocracy) would have jewel-toned dresses edged in fur and embroidered in gold and silver to make a splash as they formed their unions. When Margaret of York tried to walk into the church in her wedding dress, it was so laden with heirloom jewels that she had to be carried into the sanctuary. Dresses were displays of wealth, brilliantly colored and decorated to the extreme.
That all changed with Queen Victoria. When Victoria was getting married to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840, she was just 20 years old. She reportedly wanted her subjects to know that she took the job of queen seriously and would be prudent and sensible. She decided that the best way to convey that message was through a sensible and prudent wedding gown.
The other reason was less pragmatic and more romantic: She wanted to marry Prince Albert not as a queen, but as a woman who loved the man she was about to marry, and the dress did that by reflecting her purity, innocence, and good sense.
A veil is a romantic addition to any wedding dress. It's usually a piece of tulle fabric that complements the dress, but it does not have to be. Whether your style skews ball gown or tea-lenght, it adds the perfect finishing touch.
The veil is the oldest part of the bridal ensemble. It dates back to ancient times when people “wrapped brides from head to toe to represent the delivery of a modest and untouched maiden.” Added benefits: The veil also “hid her away from evil spirits who might want to thwart her happiness.”
Today, the wedding veil is used as more of a simple accessory than a means of warding off evil spirits. Some brides choose to wear one over their face, but more often than not it's draped over the back of their hair and dress.
The bridal bouquet is a collection of flowers held by the bride as she walks down the aisle. It's meant to be a complementary addition to the overall theme of the wedding and the style of her dress.
But why do brides carry flowers? More than just something to keep a bride's hands busy when she walks down the aisle, the bridal bouquet ties all of a wedding's design and decor together. It’s an accessory, a focal point, and one of the first peeks guests get into a celebration. So if you're a bride-to-be, deciding what you'll carry as you make your way to the altar is actually pretty important.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
This wedding dress tradition that many brides participate in comes from an Old English rhyme: Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe. This tradition states that these 5 items must be things the Bride will either give herself or important people in her life will gift to her. The objects worn are the brides’ good luck charm when walking down the aisle.
This saying represents continuity in the bride’s family and ancestry or it could simply mean something from the past that brings back good memories. Many brides have used a picture of a loved one who passed away and incorporated that into their bouquet. Your something old can also be something to wear under your wedding dress.
Continuing in the “something old, something new tradition”, new represents optimism for the future. Your ‘new’ could simply be your wedding dress. A trend right now is that brides will purchase a new perfume that their soon to be husband has never smelled before. This way that particular scent will bring back amazing memories of your big day.
This addition to your wedding attire symbolizes borrowed happiness. This could be jewelry that your grandmother wore to her wedding or the veil your mother wore down the aisle.
The stands for purity, love, and fidelity. Incorporating blue is a great and chic way to have a pop of color on your wedding, Wear blue earrings or shoes during your wedding day! Want to be subtle? Try stitching your new initials into your dress… of course, the blue is a must.
A sixpence in your shoe
The sixpence wedding tradition represents a wish for good fortune and prosperity. This is mainly a Europe custom, that is rarely used nowadays because sixpences are no longer a currency. There are places to go online to purchase one if you want to stick to the sixpence dress tradition. When deciding on what shoes to wear with wedding dress consider if you want to place a lucky sixpence inside them.
And although they do not have a specific meaning, you can not miss to contemplate:
• Bride shoes
• Earrings and choker
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By Veronica Rodriguez