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White Weddings and Black Funerals… Why Is That?

By Natalie Brady, Jr. Assistant Editor

Imagine… as you walk down the aisle, you smile with a veil covering your face. You see your soon-to-be-husband only a few paces away from you, and you glance down. You look beautiful: your hair is braided and up in a bun, with a blue hair-clip holding it all together. Your wedding dress was designed by the best, and just how you wanted it – simple, V-cut, and white. Then, the question strikes you… why white? Well, because that’s the color most wedding dresses are, of course! However, why is that? Why do most brides wear white on their wedding days?

The tradition of the bride wearing a white dress on their wedding day is said to be because white symbolizes purity and wealth. Although this is what white represents to some people today, this is not why most brides wear this color on their wedding day. Wearing a white bridal dress on the wedding day was actually started by Queen Victoria in 1850. When Queen Victoria chose to wear a white gown on her wedding day, it was not to flaunt her wealth. It was, in fact, actually because white was one of the most easiest colors to keep clean. Instead of hassling with dyes and extravagant fabrics, Queen Victoria wanted something simple. She wanted to represent youth and simplicity with the white wedding dress, not purity and wealth. Since that day in 1850, it has become a tradition in some countries to wear a white wedding dress.

While wearing white on the wedding day is a tradition, wearing black to a funeral is also a tradition. Queen Victoria also started the tradition of wearing black to a funeral. In England, black symbolized dignity, respect, and spiritual reflection. Queen Victoria believed wearing black to a funeral showed you held respect for the person who had passed, and that it also represented you were experiencing a loss. Every funeral Queen Victoria attended she wore black, as did her peers and followers. Since then, it has also become a tradition to wear all black to a funeral in some countries.