Most people think that a bride wears white to represent purity and innocence. This is true, however, it is not the reason brides started wearing white. Queen Victoria is credited with the reason brides wear white. In 1840 when she wed Prince Albert she wore a plain white dress and a trend was started. Why did she wear white? Simple, she liked it. Before the white trend started brides wore any nice dress they had.
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The veil can be traced back to Roman Times. The Roman Brides were swaddled head to toe in a flammeum, flame colored veil, to scare off evil spirits. In the 19th century veils covering the hair and face represented the brides modesty. The lifiting of the veil symbolized the bride becoming the groom’s.
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