When it comes to weddings, people often think of hundreds of guests, expensive wedding rings, layered cakes and, of course, the holy white wedding dress. It seems that without these elements it would not be a traditional, formal wedding.
Cassie Werber's German grandmother, editor of QUARTZ, a website in the us, disagrees, arguing that the fancy stuff is nothing like "tradition" and that in September 1942 she and her husband registered for marriage in London and went home to dinner with their parents.
British actress Jean Gillie and husband Jack Bernhard were married in 1944.
1931 patriarch bertolde of baden's grand duke married Greek princess theodora.
So the modern understanding of wedding, especially the focus of wedding: how did the white wedding dress achieve such a supreme status? Cassie Werber makes an incisive examination of the problem:
Nowadays, most people believe that the white wedding dress for western weddings is a kind of historical inheritance. White has always been a symbol of the purity and loyalty of the bride. Of course, with the development of The Times, nowadays, marriage pays more attention to keeping promises and magnifies the importance of "the first time". But even so, white is still the mainstream color of wedding dresses. In fact, the white wedding dress did not become the public's first choice until the 18th century
Edwina Ehrman, director of the V&A museum of textiles and fashion in London, last year curated a large bridal show for the museum (below), which featured a collection of classic bridal gowns and, of course, stories related to them.
Historically, white dresses have been chosen by brides for their wedding veil, but it wasn't until the 18th century that white wedding dresses became the public's first choice and became a status symbol, Ehrman said. "White is a very expensive color and many people can't afford white dresses," she said. So white is unique and has a high reputation. Then, the white shuttle woven with wire became the mainstream choice of wedding dress. In 1840, queen Victoria married prince Albert in a white dress, which was still unique. Many royal princesses followed in her footsteps and chose white. Queen Victoria made white wedding dresses really popular, and the word "chaste" has been used to refer to white wedding dresses since then.
Although white soon became the dominant wedding color desired by women, it still did not dominate. According to the Ehrman, the more common colors seen at weddings in the 1920s were gold, shellfish, silver, and Snow White lace or other cool colors. Choosing a white wedding dress is more about spiritual power
Ehrman says she has asked many people why they wear white wedding dresses. "I didn't mean to wear the white dress, but I thought I'd try it," she was told. And when they tried it on, it was incredibly consistent, they felt like they were instantly transformed and given the identity of the bride.
So they (and indeed we all) carried on, not so much for practical reasons as for spiritual magic.