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Going Beyond the White Wedding Dress

Today the majority of brides all over the world follow the tradition of wearing a white gown on their wedding day. But where did the tradition originate and when did it become a staple of every wedding? Turns out it wasn't until late 19th century that white made an entrance as a color of choice. Prior to that it was customary to get dressed in bold, rich colors, embroidered with delicate needlework and adorned with jewels. Wedding dresses, for nobility especially, were worn to show off their wealth and status. Some noble brides' gowns were so heavy with jewels, the women had to be carried down the aisle. All of that changed in 1840 when Queen Victoria donned a simple, white frock trimmed with...

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