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  • Writer's pictureMaureen Kragt


The 100 year journey through of history of conjugal bliss - for a bit of fun & trivia

There are no words to expression how this dress makes me feel. Every women should experience this, even for a short while, return to when we were little girls and daydream.

My favourite Disney princess was always Cinderella, and naturally I singled out the ones which look the most like it. It was only after did I find out that this particular dress was called 'the Cinderella dress'. Clearly, it was destiny.

DISNES PRINCESS WEDDING DRESS BY GALIA LAHAV Updated: Jan 31, 2019 There are no words to expression how this dress makes me feel. Every women should experience this, even for a short while, return to when we were little girls and daydream. My favourite Disney princess was always Cinderella, and naturally I singled out the ones which look the most like it. It was only after did I find out that this particular dress was 'the Cinderella dress'. it was destiny. A BRIEF HISTORY Weddings performed during and immediately following the Middle Ages were often more than just a union between two people, seldom did the union have much to do with love, many young members of the family were used as chess pieces by their parents . They could be a union between two families, two businesses or even two countries. Many weddings were more a matter of politics than love, particularly among the nobility and the higher social classes. Brides were therefore expected to dress in a manner that cast their families in the most favorable light, for they were not representing only themselves during the ceremony. Brides from wealthy families often wore rich colors and exclusive fabrics. It was common to see them wearing bold colors and layers of furs, velvet and silk. THE TRENDSETTER White did not become a popular option until 1840, after the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg. The official wedding portrait photograph was widely published, and many other brides opted for white in accordance with the Queen's choice. Color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown can depend on the religion and culture of the wedding participants. Most brides choose a dress of white to symbolize purity of the soul. However white in some cultures like Japan, white symbolizes death, therefore the bride will often have two outfit changes, the first being white and the second dress of the color red, symbolizing Rebirth into her husband's family. DID YOU KNOW?  The rite of a white wedding dress came from the princes' palaces and it was only from the 1817 that the ritual spread slowly through society. Only at the beginning of the 1920's white wedding fashion represents the bourgeois-churchly moral, the virginity of the bride which equates purity. The lifting of the veil symbolizes the groom taking possession of the wife or the revelation of the bride by her parents to the groom for his approval. An opulent veil was supposed to enwrap the bride like a precious present. Galia Lahav's version of Cinderella makes our little girl dream come true. 

This 'cinderella' dress is actually from the bridal collection. I always to do a little historical research to learn something new. Let's embark on a 100-year journey through the history of nuptials.... Plenty you didn't know!

1910 - Though it's a major faux pas to dress like the bride today, it was quite common at the time for bridemaids to wear white gowns and veils. They all look like they are about to say

'I do'

1912 - it was customary for the bride to wear a specially made corset featuring materials like velvet or silk. It was designed to give the bride a popular hourglass shape.

1915 - Greenery and florals were often incorporated into a bride's wedding look in 1915. This bride from Minneapolis embraced the trend by wearing a flower crown with garlands framing her veil.

1918 - Queen Victoria kicked off the tradition of wearing white on your wedding day in 1840, and by the early 20th century the chaste hue was the color of choice for society brides. However, the trend didn't take off with middle-class brides until after World War II ended and laundry techniques became more advanced.

1919 - The year the role of wedding planners were born. After World War I, formal weddings became more popular, those without full-time social secretaries realized they needed help wrangling the caterer, the invitation printer, the florist, and the seamstress. Hello wedding planners…

1920 - Did you know?  F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre exchanged vows in front of just eight guests on April 3, 1920 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

1924 - The black-and-white silent film Troubles of a Bride, produced in 1924, apparently sought to answer the question "At what age should a girl marry?" (No word on what the final answer was, though the median age for a woman's first marriage in 1920 was 21.2.

1927 - Marshall Field's invented the wedding registry in 1924, and the idea quickly caught on at other department stores in the following years as a way for couples to let their friends and family know which china, silver, and crystal patterns they preferred. Here, a collection of wedding gifts sits on display in 1927.

1931 - Sin city has been luring lovebirds , Las Vegas County issued its first gambling license in 1931—and weddings have been a mainstay ever since.

1932 - Proof that couples have been doing crazy things since the beginning of times, creative couples attempting unique and quirky weddings for decades: This couple seals the deal with a kiss on a surfboard on December 3, 1932, just off Catalina Island, California.

1934 - The first issue of Brides magazine hit newsstands in 1934 under the title So You're Going to Be Married, before being renamed.

1938 - At Grosvenor House in London, a model shows off a luxury gown made of 48 yards of satin and 22 yards of tulle. On average, 1930s brides paid $1,092 in today's dollars for their dresses.

1944 - Wartime weddings, such as this English couple's town hall ceremony, often saw the groom wearing his military uniform, while the bride wore her best dress in lieu of a gown.

1947 - Engagement rings haven't always held sparkly rocks. The trend took off in the late '40s, when a copywriter working for De Beers wrote the famous slogan, "A Diamond is Forever," dramatically shifting public view of diamonds, from tokens of individual relationships to family heirlooms.

1954 - The popular CBS daytime series Bride and Groom featured real-life couples who would get married on air. Bet you didn't realize that reality shows were popular long before The Bachelor!

1960 - Etta James recorded her version of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren's 1941 tune "At Last," changing wedding playlists forevermore.

1970 - In the 1970s, wedding trends were all over the map, with brides wearing everything from traditional gowns to pantsuits. This was the decade when men started sporting colored tuxedos, too.

1974 - Weddings were starting to move out of churches, and the concept of having a destination wedding took off.

1978 In the '70s, the bohemian trend extended to bridal fashion. Princess Caroline of Monaco sparked an interest in bell sleeves and headpieces for brides after her 1978 wedding.

1983 - This year marked the first time couples could capture their wedding on film, with Sony's release of the consumer camcorder. The rise of wedding videography, combined with brides wanting to replicate Diana's extravagant wedding, meant the cost of weddings soared.

1990 - Vera Wang introduced her first bridal collection in 1990 and opened her flagship bridal salon in New York City, instantly cementing herself as an icon in the bridal fashion industry.


- PRINT Magazine, The Bride Wore Chartreuse: Why (Most) Wedding Dresses are White by Jude Stewart

- The History of Matrimony "Royal Weddings 1840 - 1947: From Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II" History of the Wedding Dress

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