Wedding dress has always been an important part of the wedding. Perhaps therefore the change of shape, color and accessories many times over the centuries. Read about the traditions behind the wedding dress here.
Bridal gown is one of the most important in most brides eyes, and there are many things to consider: should the dress be long or short? Cut tight or with lots of length? Should there be an abundance of lace and other decorations or should it rather be quite simple? Should there be veil or hat?
There is, furthermore quite a few superstitions of the bride equipment and dress color. However, all agree on the color of the wedding dress. It should be white or possibly cream if you are brave. But it was not always so. In fact, the white wedding dress no more than about 100 years old.
Red or gold wedding dress
Back in the Middle Ages was the wedding dress is usually red because it was felt that the red color kept evil away. And to keep evil away was always important in life’s major transitions such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. Some especially princes and others with their wallets in order, however, had a golden wedding dress. Just to show one’s status and wealth.
This was true, for example, Margrethe. 1, whose golden wedding dress can still be seen in Uppsala Domkyrka in Sweden, to which it was brought by the Swedish forces by Sweden in 1658 had conquered Skåne, Halland and Blekinge from Denmark.
Later changed the wedding dress itself. Throughout the Renaissance had not traditional for the bride dresses had a certain kind of color or style.
They married in her finest dress, and it was for the nobles and royals often a very sumptuous dress laden with pearls and gold, while the peasant girls were their folk costume. Poor people made do with what they had once.
Empire wedding dresses and 1800s veil
Around the 1800s, as they facilitate empire dresses broke through, changed bride dresses also in society’s highest echelons.
The overloaded dresses in heavy fabrics like brocade and velvet adorned with gold and precious stones were replaced by light wedding dresses in light fabrics and bright pastel colors as sky blue, lime green, pale-pink, vanilla-yellow and lilac. But almost never white, at least in the beginning. Later, however, the egg yellow and there is also the white. And although the dresses were given more weight again later retained often the lightweight fabrics.
Thereto was small flowers in the hair, and eventually a veil, which was perceived as something very romantic. The bridal bouquet also keeps its appearance here, in the beginning, however, as a breast or belt bouquet. But from the late 1800s to the handheld bouquet, we also know today.
1800 is the Romantic time, and you could not get it picturesque and peasant-like enough. That peasant girls so never really had been in gauzy robes with veil and flower bouquets were contemporary bridal indifferent. The style fit into the biedermeieragtige idyll that had as ideal.
The little black dress is always available, even in church
At the peasants on the land changed wedding mature also. But not to the same degree. For many centuries, married to in her national costume if you had one. Otherwise just the nicest dress that could be procured.
So it was in the 1800s, where the vast majority of Danish brides married in the simple black dress that they had made for the occasion and for the most part to hold the rest of his life as one great party dress.
Here comes the bridal veil
The veil will also first enter the 17- and 18-century. At the start of the aristocratic and bourgeois circles as a romantic addition to the gauzy empire dresses. Along with blurred one could then look like the Greek and Roman goddesses that had as ideal.
In the countryside comes the veil in the late 1800s, and there are a number of wedding photos of peasant girls in black dress and white veil. It seems a bit odd out today, but it was most brides all dressed for only 100 years ago.
Today there is virtually no brides who do not wear a white or a cream-colored wedding dress. In addition, most still trailing but hats or flowers are also selected as the main decoration.