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Is part of topic 20th Century New Zealand history resources

Wedding dresses

Weddings are usually occasions for celebration, and bring families and communities together. Brides typically wear a beautiful dress that is usually custom-made from fine materials specifically for the occasion. The dress is often only worn once, then carefully packed away to remind the owner of her wedding day. For many families, such dresses sometimes become heirlooms that are handed down from generation to generation.


Wedding dress colour

White became increasingly fashionable as the colour of wedding dresses in the early 19th century. In 1840, the tradition was sealed when Queen Victoria chose to wear a white satin dress with a veil and an orange blossom wreath for her head.


However, brides may wear whatever colour and style they choose, as long as they feel like a ‘queen for a day’. The white wedding dress was particularly challenged in the second half of the 20th century as bright colours and mini dresses (among others) entered the mix.

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