Origin of the White Wedding Tradition

White has been a traditional wedding color for hundreds of years.  Queen Victoria, who reined from 1837-1901, is believed to be the one who made the white wedding dress fashionable when she wore one in her wedding with Prince Albert.  She wore a pale gown trimmed with orange blossoms.  Before that, the bride wore her best dress; the color did not really matter.

White has been a symbol of joyous celebration since the early Roman times.  White is a color that is commonly associated with purity.  Since weddings are a religious rite, it is said that white was used as a symbol of God’s holiness.  The white aisle runner was used to signify walking on holy ground.

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