Choosing a wedding dress, is the biggest decision of all. White is traditionally what brides go for but do you know why?
Different colours have different meanings when it comes to getting married. There’s a little rhyme to remind us of what each colour means:
Married in white, you have chosen right,
Married in grey, you will go far away,
Married in black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in blue, you will always be true,
Married in pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in yellow, you’re ashamed of your fellow,
Married in brown, you will live in town,
Married in pink, your spirit will sink.
Source: The Book of Love, K.C. Jones
Now, some of these seem quite morbid really, so I am glad to see that more and more brides are choosing brighter coloured options. However, did you know that it hasn’t always been tradition to wear white? Before Queen Victoria was married the popular colour for a wedding dress was black!
In China and several other countries, it is traditional for brides to wear red. Red is considered to be a colour of good luck and auspiciousness. In Japan, the tradition is to wear a pure white outfit to symbolise purity.
Nowadays the ‘wedding white’ dress symbolises virginity, so you see many shades of white, including ivory and eggshell. The current trend is to wear sleeveless or strapless dresses in white or ‘off white’. However I think you should be able to wear whatever style or colour you like. Whatever makes you feel comfortable or matches the flowers or groom’s outfits.
Remember, the photos and memories from your wedding day will be with you for years. Choose wisely!