The Black Wedding Dresses Of Spanish Brides
Queen Victoria was the first royal bride to wear all white to her wedding ceremony in 1842, sparking the tradition of the "white wedding." Before this wedding in Europe, brides wore whatever color they pleased on their wedding day. However, traditional Roman Catholic brides in Spanish cultures wore black wedding dresses for a slightly morbid reason—to symbolize their devotion to marriage until death.
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Key Facts In This Video
Queen Victoria began the "white wedding" trend when she married in 1842. (0:08)
Traditional Irish brides wear blue dresses, which symbolize purity. (0:44)
Traditional brides in China wear red gowns to symbolize good luck. (1:39)