Here’s Why Wedding Dresses Are Typically White

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing your wedding dress, but making it white is usually a given, no?

But why is that? So that the bride looks ‘pure’ and ‘virginal’? Well, whilst this has long been the assumption of most, that actually has nothing to do with how the tradition of the white wedding dress started. Ooh.

Back in the day, a bride’s wedding dress was simply the best thing in her wardrobe, and could be any colour – black included.

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Over time, red became popular as the colour du jour for a wedding dress (who would have thought?!), as it was considered to be the most romantic colour a woman could wear.

In fact, white was not even on the radar as an appopriate wedding hue, and was much more likely to be associated with funerals – Mary Queen of Scots was slammed in a big way when she bucked the trend and wore white on her wedding day back in 1558.

Even worse, when her husband then died a few years later, she was accused cursing him with her ‘funeral frock.’ Crikey.



White only became associated with the bridal gown thanks to Queen Victoria, who wore a pale gown trimmed in pretty orange blossoms on her wedding day to Prince Albert back in 1840. From then on, white became a symbol of the innocence of girlhood and a sign of a pure heart. Aw.

If you think about it, most wedding gowns aren’t even white these days, with colours like ivory and ecru having taken over as the most desirable hues for a bridal frock.

But at least we have Queen Vic to thank for the fact that we aren’t all gliding down the aisle in crimson, eh?