July 17, 2016
Changes of Bridal Wear
An overwhelming number of weddings in the Caribbean have embraced the concept of the bridal gown, particularly popular in North America and Europe. Other than that, not much has changed in terms of cultural ceremonies. It all started approximately 180 years ago when Queen Victoria wore a gown of her favourite colour, white, when she married Prince Albert in 1840. She thought that white should symbolize purity or virginity. It is said that it’s the main reason many choose white outfits for their wedding since. Over a century ago, brides in the Caribbean wore simple dresses, or their traditional wear. Another reason could be the fact that white cloth was said to be expensive and difficult to preserve. It was also considered a wealthy man’s commodity. But times have changed and while white continues to be seen as a symbol of purity and virtue, it is not only for the wealthy. Blue was a popular colour before Queen Victoria’s marriage. It was worn to conceal stains but more importantly it was considered a pure colour associated with Mary, who was Jesus’ mother as per Christians’ belief.
In many eastern cultures, the colour red or a combination of red and white is popular. Red is said to bring good luck and well-being. Japanese brides are known to wear colourful dresses throughout the wedding ceremony and at the celebrations that follow. Today, brides have an array of colours, fabrics and styles to choose from. These can be embellished pearls, sequins and rhinestones or trimmed with lace. But perhaps the most daring trend is the most recent, ‘naked dress’, which covers only parts of the body, which they do not wish to reveal. The sheer and barely-there look is popular among brides looking for the non-traditional route. White is no longer viewed as a symbol of wealth but instead as purity and virtue.