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Why Do Brides Wear White?

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The white wedding gown has been worn for centuries. Egyptian brides wore layers of pleated white linen. In Rome and Greece white was worn because it was the color of celebration. But white wasn’t always an easy fabric to find. It was a difficult color to achieve before bleaching techniques and was very hard to maintain. Wealthy brides then wore white to exhibit their prosperity. So for many generations brides would just wear their best dresses.

On February 10th, 1840, Queen Victoria took weddings took the next level. Victoria’s train was so long it took twelve train-bearers to get her down the aisle, and her cake was said to be three yards around. She made the white wedding gown the dress to emulate, not because she was the first to wear one, but because hers was the first royal wedding to take place after the invention of photography. Brides all across England finally had a wedding dress to imitate after.

The Queen wasn’t necessarily known for her beauty, but was stunning on her wedding day. Her presence convinced the world that every bride can be breath-taking on her day.

How To Choose Your Bridal Party

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Selecting your bridal party is an essential role to your wedding. Consider popular choices like your sister, your fiance’s sister, close friends or family members. It’s also important to remember that it is your wedding day and although a friend might be upset for not being selected, your friends and family members will respect your choices.

The main thing to ask yourself when selecting your entourage is, who will be there for me throughout the whole process? Take in account that these women will have many responsibilities, and try and determine who you think will live up to your expectations.

Maid or Matron of Honor – Head support system and responsible for:

  • Throwing a bridal shower.
  • Getting the word out  as to where you’re registered.
  • In charge of making sure you’re properly corseted, zipped, buttoned, and all-around ready for your wedding day.
  • Making sure the rest of the bridal party is looking flawless, and has their appropriate flowers.
  • Holds the groom’s ring (if it is a double-ring ceremony) and your bouquet during ceremony.
  • Signs the marriage license as an official witness.
  • Offers a toast to the couple at the reception.

Bridesmaids – Have to be present at the wedding and prewedding events. Their responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with maid of honor and other bridesmaids in planning a shower.
  • On call for anything the bride needs.
  • Emotional support.

 

 

5 Elegant Alternative Bouquets

No bride is complete without her bouquet; so if you’re interested in a non-floral bouquet for your wedding there are many stunning options to choose from. Also  having a keepsake for years to come is an excellent perk to selecting  non-floral for your big day.

White Crystal Jewels

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Feathers

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Seashells

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Flowers made from Ribbon Fabric

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Paper Flowers

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History of Bridal Showers

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Bridal showers are gift-giving parties held for the bride-to-be in anticipation for her big day.

The custom of bridal showers dates back to the 1500’s-1600’s era in Holland. According to popular belief a young Dutch girl from a prominent family fell in love with a good hearted but penniless mill operator. The two decided to marry despite the fact that the girl’s father refused to give her dowry (money, goods, or estate that a women brings forth to the marriage). The community decided to come together and help the couple in need by “showering” them with gifts.

Over the years bridal showers have become a popular tradition that can range from a simple gathering to an elaborate party.