I’ve been getting stuck into finishing up writing my business plan but got a little distracted whilst I was doing some research on the industry and the history behind wedding dresses. Let me share. Contrary to popular belief wedding dresses aren’t white to represent purity (or maybe it was just me that thought this). They are white purely because of fashion trends with-in the western world. It actually began with Queen Victoria in 1840! Yes, there were white wedding dresses seen occasionally on royalty as early as the 1500’s but it wasn’t until Victoria walked down the isle in ivory white that regular women started to opt for it! Then in the 1920’s Coco Chanel came out with a short wedding dress that was also white, and that just cemented the now tradition of the white wedding dress.
It is actually blue in a dress that traditionally represents purity. Which is why the virgin Mary is often depicted in a blue robe. This made me think of that little tradition some women like to follow…that she must wear ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’. So I looked up this saying, and discovered that blue actually does represent purity, fidelity, love and modesty.
Each item in this poem represents some kind of good-luck token. “Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. “Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead. “Something borrowed” is an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. “Something Blue” is for love, modesty, fidelity and purity And the saying actually finishes off with “and a sixpence in her shoe” for wealth and finical security
I’ll be sure to share this with the brides I’m making dresses for, we can never have too much good luck!