Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue—there are so many traditions and customs folded into weddings. But one thing remains the same: the white wedding dress. Right?
Well, not quite. First of all, the white wedding gown is more of a recent phenomenon, relatively speaking. (We know, mind blown.) The trend apparently really kicked into high gear when Queen Victoria wore white on her wedding day back in 1840. Before that, most people just wore the nicest garment they owned, even if it was black! But in many cultures, a white wedding has never really been part of any tradition. In India and China, for example, brides wear red or other colors that signify good luck, happiness and prosperity. In many African cultures, brides often wear patterns and colors that represent their roots.
So, while we love the stark beauty of a gorgeous white gown, we’re happy to see more and more “non-wedding-dress wedding dresses” popping up at fêtes and making photo ops a little more interesting.