The wedding dress has been a focal point of almost any wedding for almost four hundred years. Besides being a design that would make the bride look pure and angelic, the wedding dress was often more than just a beautiful decoration when you consider the superstitions that surround it.
Initially, the bridal gown was a symbol of the bride’s purity and suitability as a wife and bearer of the groom’s children. The union of two people was often considered a union of two families for economic reasons or to build political strength. With those underlying motivations and the superstitions around almost every aspect of the bride’s wedding gown, most weddings conducted in some early ceremonies from a few centuries back were strictly crafted to accomplish much more than joining two people in love.
Queen Victoria is largely responsible for the popularity of the white wedding gown. When she married Prince Albert in 1840, she wore the first white wedding dress and started a tradition that endures today. A few years later, Empress Eugenie married Napoleon III and created worldwide style with her high fashion and love of regal finery. The elegant and high-style wedding gowns worn today can be traced back to Empress Eugenie.
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