When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840 while wearing a white dress, she ended up making it the official color to be worn by women in Western weddings and thus was born the white wedding tradition. Gone were the best Sunday dresses of women that used to serve as their wedding dresses as well. The standard set by royalty was to be observed by many women up to the present time.
The white wedding tradition brought with it several symbols that will be seen over and over again in weddings. The white wedding dress, the rings, the flowers, the candles, and the doves are just some of the many symbolism that will forever be identified with such type of a wedding. It would be worthy therefore to understand the white wedding symbols and how they are used in today’s setting.
The Wedding Dress
It is said that the trendsetting queens’s choice of white represented extravagance and purity. The color still holds the meaning of purity now although many modern brides opt not to have their’s in pure white, choosing either to accentuate the white dress with their chosen color or choosing a different color altogether.
The ring symbolizes unending circles of commitment and faithfulness. The use of diamonds relates to romance and love.
Brides of yesteryears carried flowers for a particular meaning like rose means love or lavander means devotion. Modern brides now do not only concern themselves with meanings but also in how the physical appearance of flowers go with the overall theme.
The candle represents unity and it still does up to now as well as the resolve of both bride and groom to leave the past and face a new future together.
Doves represent peace, love and devotion to the promise to stay true forever.
Historically, wedding cakes were white and represented fertility, purity, and loyalty. Today, the cake is the centerpiece in the traditional cutting of the cake by the bride and groom which represents their desire to take care of one another.
There are many other trappings that come with holding a traditional white wedding such as the processional music, invitations, entourage, and many others. What is especially noteworthy in today’s modern weddings is that marrying couples are getting more and more adventurous in their choices and there is much emphasis in creating a truly unique wedding. This practice has resulted to the emergence of wedding planners who undertake to manage the preparations involved in a white wedding ceremony. It would not be at all surprising that women have dream weddings set in their minds even before they even meet their dream men. The white wedding symbols may have varying looks through time but their meanings will never change.