It is widely believed that a white wedding dress symbolizes purity and virginity, thought to be the main reasons as to why brides wear white on their wedding day. However, that could not be farther from the truth.
A Bit of Nuptial History
Contrary to popular belief prior to February 10th, 1840, the day in which Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; most brides would wear red wedding gowns on their wedding day.
Back then vibrant colors were very popular, especially for a happy celebration such as a wedding. Although Queen Victoria was not the first royal to wear white on their wedding day, her stunning heavy silk satin, Honiton lace wedding dress captured the attention of royals and “commoners” alike, making wearing white a wide-spread wedding tradition to this day.
For accuracy sake however, it is imperative to point out that as per Chabad.org, Jewish brides as well as grooms have been wearing white for at least over 700 years, pre-dating Queen Victoria’s wedding “fashion statement” by at least 500 years.
The groom wearing a kittle (robe) or tallit usually under his coat, represents all good deeds done here on earth, while the wedding day (compared to Yom Kippur a day of cleansing, one of the holiest days in Judaism), reminds us of the world to come and serves as a good omen for the couple to stay together until death.