Why Do Brides Wear White? And Other Questions

Why Do Brides Wear White? And Other Questions
Why Do Brides Wear White?

Why Do Brides Wear White?  It was only until Queen Victoria chose an ivory lace style in 1840, for white wedding dresses to become the fashion. Before then red was the favoured colour for wedding gowns, in fact white was actually the colour worn for mourning. Mary Queen of Scots' white wedding dress was a bit of a scandal back in the day and deemed as inappropriate. But the reason behind the now traditional 'bridal white'? Brides wear white because it symbolises purity and innocence - adorable.

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Why Do Brides Wear Garters?

Although the 'tossing of the garter' trend has fallen out of favour with modern brides, the garter tradition dates back to the dark ages, where the wedding guests would follow the newlyweds to their chambers (we've all seen the bedding ceremony on Game of Thrones). While helping the couple undress, it would be lucky to get a piece of the bride's wedding dress - and that's why brides wear a garter.

Why Do Brides Carry Flowers?

This is an ancient tradition, where brides would carry potent smelling herbs and spices to ward off bad spirits. Then in Roman times, both the bride and groom would wear flower garlands signifying new life and hope for fertility. But it's thought the main reason for a bridal bouquet was for the sweet smell (as bathing was far less frequent back when the tradition began).

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Why Do Brides Wear A Veil?

The reason behind a woman wearing a veil on her wedding day isn't exactly crystal clear. In Roman times, a red veil would cover the bride to protect her from evil spirits - the idea was if the demons couldn't see the brides face, they would be confused... White veils are also said to symbolise the purity of the bride, when lifted by the groom, the marriage is then symbolically consummated. And in Jewish faith, the veil is worn to show the groom wants to marry his bride, not just for her looks (we like this one!).

Why Do Brides Have Something Blue?

We're all familiar with the old English rhyme - 'Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.' But why do brides have to wear something blue? While the old stands for continuity, the something new represents optimism for the future, the borrowed item is said to bring borrowed happiness and the blue symbolises purity, love and fidelity.

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Why Do Brides Throw The Bouquet?

So now we know the history behind the bouquet, but where did the toss tradition come from? Similar to the garter idea, guests would be grabbing at the dress for any piece of luck they could get their hands on (literally). So to distract guests from ripping their dress to shreds, brides would throw the bouquet, so the guests bee-lined for that instead.

Why Do The Bride's Parents' Pay?

Back in olden times (aka before women could provide for themselves), the brides family would pay a dowry to the groom; as he would then be the provider for the bride. But obviously times have changed and now both sides of the family traditionally pay for different parts of the day. The grooms side traditionally cover the marriage licence, boutonnieres, the bride's bouquet, groomsmen gifts, liquor, and the musical entertainment. The bride's side cover everything else, including the dress and veil, photographer, all other flowers and decorations and the food.

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Why Do Chinese Brides Wear Red?

Red is one of the luckiest colours to wear in China because is represents joy, love and prosperity - so of course perfect for weddings. This colour is also associated with success, loyalty, honour and fertility, so not only the brides dress, but most of the decorations are red too, teamed with gold - the colour that portrays wealth and fortune.

Why Do Wedding Invitation Replies Go To The Mother Of The Bride?

While we're now clear on  wedding invite etiquette, but why is the RSVP sent to the brides mother? It's usually because the parents are paying for or organising the event. Before wedding planners, it was mum who would be keeping track of guests, seating and all of the organising!

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Why One Bride Decided To Design Her Own Engagement Ring

Why One Bride Decided To Design Her Own Engagement Ring

In a world full of solitaire styles, writer and bride-to-be Lexxi Davis wanted to own a rock that was 100% her.  It's kind of important to love the one piece of jewellery you're going to be wearing EVERY day for the rest of your life, right? After being with my boyfriend for around three and bit years, I knew 'the question' was close to being popped. We'd moved in together after just 6 months dating, had always talked about getting married and I knew pretty much from day one he was The One. And, although he knows me better than anyone else, I just couldn't trust him to guess my style (who really can?). So before any proposal plans got into his head, I told him about how the ring thing was going to work. This is the story of how I designed my own engagement ring.

The Initial Fear

I'm a typical Libra - fiercely independent, but crazy indecisive. Not a great combo when you're trying to describe the perfect piece of jewellery to your other half... So, rather than being terrified of opening a box containing a mystery stone, I bookmarked a rose gold and tiny diamond style from Monica Vinader and told him this is what I wanted, if he was going to ask to me to marry him. Then we would shop for the 'real one', together.

The Proposal

The down-on-one knee moment didn't come as a surprise, which I didn't really mind as at least I was prepared with nice nails! So after being presented with my stand-in-ring, (and a bucket loads of celebratory prosecco) we started to discuss what the actual ring would be like. (At this point, I had NO idea).

Deciding On Style

We booked in some appointments at jewellers to try on some styles and inevitably, I fell in love with a pinky-coloured pear shaped diamond ring by Jessica McCormack. A rare stone that was, of course, crazy expensive. I could have downsized the style to a slightly more affordable fee, but by this point I was really sold on having a 1ct diamond (minimum). To have the ring in the size I wanted was just in another realm of budget. When a friend's beautiful bespoke engagement ring came back from the jeweller, I was hell bent on designing my own ring.

A Pretty Price

The best option financially was to get an engagement ring made. I love the Jessica McCormack pear, but I also wanted a 1ct diamond and the two didn't add up. After chatting with Lindsay she explained the different between old cut and new diamonds and I fell in love with the idea of an antique stone. This made the diamond harder to find, but all the most sweetly satisfying when we found The One. My fiancé even managed to haggle with the Hatton Garden pawnbroker.

From Stone To Ring

Once we had the actual diamond to work with (a 1.35ct pear shaped stone dating from 1915), we could start playing around with ideas - both on Pinterest and paper. Designing it with a jeweller made the whole process really special. From choosing the material and thickness of the band (I went for 1.8mm rose gold with platinum top), to getting through the technical drawings where I saw the shape take form for the first time, I loved every moment. 

Making An Heirloom

It was really important to me that we created a piece of jewellery that could be passed down as an heirloom. We don't have any rocks in the family, so I wanted to create something special that wasn't just for me (ok mainly for me), and could be a nice jewel to give to future generations to come.

The Final Thing

I'm still waiting to be presented with the final piece, but I've tried on the nearly finished version and I cannot wait. It's been nearly a year since we got engaged and around 10 months since taking the first design steps, so excitement is an understatement. The finished ring will be given to Ben when it's ready, so hopefully this time I'll get a surprise proposal - but thankfully without the fear of wondering what the ring will look like.

Now all I need to do is plan the actual wedding. Oh, and design the wedding ring of course...

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