ORIGIN OF THE WHITE WEDDING DRESS
Author: Omokore Tolulope
Before the 19th century, it was the custom for a bride to wear the best dress on her wedding day and it was not restricted to any colour, the richer the bride, the more fanciful the dress. The white colour has been associated with purity, but that has not always been the case. Back in 1700’s and 1800’s white was associated with mourning and no bride wanted to be reminded of grief on their wedding day. Originally, it was blue that was connected to purity, piety and faithfulness.
HOW THE WHITE WEDDING DRESS STARTED
The first white wedding dress was worn by Phillipa of England in 1406 when she got married to Eric of Pomerania. However, it did not become popular until 1840 when Queen Victoria of England got married to Prince Albert. It was a highly publicized wedding and it contributed largely to the massive popularity of white wedding dresses.
WHITE WEDDING DRESS IN NIGERIA
In pre colonial times, white wedding dress was non existent in Nigeria as the various tribes had their respective traditional attires used for wedding ceremonies. The Christian Missionaries however brought with them the white wedding also known as church wedding, thereafter Christians began to embrace the white wedding dress for the church wedding as it was believed that white represented purity and chastity.
WHITE WEDDING DRESS IN PRESENT TIME
It is surprising that the white wedding dress is still trendy and fashionable despite the fact that the trend started many years ago. In fact, anyone who wears a different colour in recent times is considered to be weird. Queen Victoria made the white wedding dress very popular, who will be bold enough to make another colour of wedding dress trend? Do you want to stick to the white wedding dress or you want to be adventurous?
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