Bridal

Why do we marry in white?

March 14, 2011

Ever wonder why brides wear a white wedding dress? Most would guess it’s because white represents a pure, clean, virgin. Hence why the bride would be given away to her groom in white. However this is not the reason.

In fact, did you know the choice of color back in the day was blue? I kid you not. You see it was blue that in fact use to represent a “pure, clean, virgin” because the virgin Mary is always depicted wearing blue. This made blue a more popular choice to be married in however, brides wore other colors as well. Here is an old poem about how the color of your wedding dress would influence your future:


“Married in white, you will have chosen all right.

Married ingrey , you will go far away.

Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead.
Married in blue, your love will always be true.
Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl.
Married in green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow.
Married in brown, you’ll live out of town.

Married in pink, your spirits will sink.”

That’s why we carry on the “something blue” tradition so that your “love will always be true.” Most people don’t know this.

So when did white replace blue for the color of choice? It was in 1840 when Queen Victoria married her cousin Albert of Saxe-Coburg. This one women had an effect that would last forever.

Queen Victoria on her wedding day.

I am grateful to Queen Victoria for starting the white wedding dress craze and I am grateful that it has continued on today. I do however love that the “something blue” tradition has held on so that we can have a little bit of past traditions in the present. What color would you wear if white wasn’t the choice color today? I know I would have done white, or maybe black. Typical Taylor Morgan to love black and white!

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