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We thought the reason a bride wears white on her wedding day was about being 'pure' and 'virginal', right? That's a done deal. Wrong!
The truth is, it was Queen Victoria that started the white wedding dress trend - before she wore white, brides wore red.
That's right, you heard us correctly: red.
Just over 176 years ago, red was considered the most romantic colour - white was often associated with death. Or at least it was until Queen Victoria boldly told tradition to get stuffed and chose white when she married Prince Albert.
Despite receiving criticism from the court, her white lace gown featuring an orange blossom wreath around her head was a huge hit and many other women adopted the trend. And well, it's stuck.
A few years after her big day, popular women's magazine the Godey's Lady Book announced that 'custom has decided, from the earliest ages, that white is the most fitting hue, whatever may be the material.
'It is an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood, and the unsullied heart she now yields to the chosen one.’
So that's why women wear white on their wedding day. Do you think when Queen Victoria chose her wedding dress, she knew women would be copying the trend almost two centuries later?
Of course she did. What a woman.
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