Originally, British royals wore gold colors at weddings. The marriage
of the white-clad Queen Victoria to Prince Albert changed all that, and the
tradition stuck. To this day, what we Americans call a "traditional
wedding" is called a "white wedding" in England.
This tradition has been changing in recent years,
usually representative of pureness. While tradition generally holds
that the bride wears white unless it is not her first marriage, today
weddings depend entirely on the individual. Many brides are simply
going with what they feel reflects themselves, or what represents what they
feel is right for their wedding.
Elaine chose to wear a white wedding dress for no
traditional reason. In fact, her reason for wearing white is pretty
simple: she thinks white wedding dresses are pretty. And just one look
at her wedding dress will tell you just how
pretty a white dress can be.
Long ago, it was believed a veil helped protect the bride from evil
spirits. Today, it represents purity. Elaine is choosing not to
wear a veil, strictly because she doesn't like them. David approves,
as he'd rather everyone, and he, have a clear view of her on that day.
Gloves were symbols of modesty and romance. An amusing bit of trivia
involves the referral of the gloves as, without the letter G, they were "a
pair of loves" and thus symbolic of the love. Today, they complement
very formal wedding dresses... but not Elaine's! She feels they would
be uncomfortable, not to mention they wouldn't allow her nicely manicured
and painted nails to be visible. David thinks it would be a challenge
to slide a wedding ring on over them!
grooms rent a tuxedo. David doesn't understand why. He used to work in a
tuxedo shop and watched grooms come and go by the hundreds. The general
consensus of grooms was, "Why the hell would I want to keep my tux?" Most
grooms seem to have a "SHE'S planning the wedding, I can't wait til it's
over" attitude. That just seems wrong! If the groom isn't as excited about
getting married as his bride is, maybe there shouldn't be a wedding.
As such, David bought his tuxedo... and like
Elaine and her dress, he might not ever wear it again; but he'll admire it
from time to time. Sentimental? Yeah, sure... why not?
Bridesmaids' dresses/groomsmen's tuxedoes.
The bridesmaids will be wearing light blue (see the
Wedding Colors page)
and the groomsmen will wear ties and vests to match. Check out the
bridesmaids' and groomsmen's attire on the
Wedding Party Outfits page!