The moment you decide to tie the knot, it’s time to check out bridal shops and wedding gowns! No matter how near or far the date is, shopping for your gown and tux should be first on your list. And why not, your wedding day is your day for fulfilling wishes. And a bride usually wants a wedding gown custom made just for her. This is not a time for easy fixes and “It would do.”. Most brides are eyeing for a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Which is why choosing the best one that most suits the couple is important.
Most bridal shops have their own line of dresses that they recommend. Their collections can include dresses of varying styles, colours, shades, necklines, skirt lengths and accessories to match the dress. Most accessories serve more than being a match set for the gown. They have their own meanings and origins which can be a surprise for most people.
Myths, traditions and superstitions about weddings, brides and the whole nine yards still pervades to this day. Some of it, though, is perpetuated by wedding planners and the like incorporating it not out of fear but as tradition and even for festivities sake.
The myth of the veil - The veil was originally part of the myth of protecting the bride from evil spirits. A masquerade mask can also be used for the same reason. A more practical use for the veil is for a time when arranged marriages were popular and unions are more a business deal than a love match. The veil is to keep the bride's face hidden from the groom until the vows are binding thus preventing the groom from backing out.
Bridesmaids - Bridesmaids are attendants usually relatives or friends on the bride’s side. They were dressed the same way as the bride to confuse those who have bad intentions. Sometimes evil spirits, sometimes admirers or ex-lovers that might try to snatch away the bride on her wedding day.
Even the bridal gown is not spared from myths. Here is a Victorian rhyme about choosing the right colour for the bride’s wedding dress :
Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Blue, your love will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Brown, you will live in town,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.
There is a favourable day and month for nuptials. According to ancient Roman traditions, May is the most unfavourable month as “...marry in May, you will rue the day…”, Thursday to Saturdays will result in losses and crosses. While June, July and Wednesdays are the more auspicious months and day for tying the knot.
Today, very few people adhere to these myths and traditions. People are more practical and have stopped believing in superstition. Still, having these little nuggets of stories of old while in bridal shops checking out wedding gowns makes anticipating the ceremony even more precious.
Tying the knot? Off to the bridal shops we go! Find out traditional favourable days and months for your wedding. Will bridesmaids dresses match the wedding gown? Why or why not?