Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bridal Trivia: Who first introduced the white wedding gown?

Why do brides wear white wedding gowns and where did this concept originate?

On February 10th, 1840, Queen Victoria debuted the first traditional white wedding gown. Queen Victoria recognized how special it could be to wear a pure white wedding gown.  The idea of a pure white wedding gown informs the spectator that the dress has never been worn before and does not have a very long life.  Before Queen Victoria, brides simply wore their best dresses.  Queen Victoria also donned a train that was so incredibly long that it took 12 train-bearers to guide her down the aisle.

We do not know whether or not Queen Victoria had a sweet tooth.  However, we do know that she had several cakes on her wedding day.  One of the cakes is said to have measured three yards around and weighed more than 300 lbs.  Boxes of cake were given to guests or sent to them as souvenirs.  Two boxes containing pieces of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding cakes are currently included in the exhibition with the Royal Collection.

Queen Victoria's wedding was the first royal wedding that took place after the advent of photography.  This monumental advancement in bridal wear gave brides all over the world something new to emulate with the white wedding gown, train, and lace.


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