Actress Amanda Seyfried has made headlines with her latest declaration stating that she will NOT be wearing white at her upcoming wedding to Thomas Sadowski.
In a recent interview for Vogue Australia January edition, Amanda stated that she in fact will not be wearing a traditional white wedding gown when it comes to her nuptials. An already pregnant Amanda, does not want the traditional gown because she’s already worn a few in her career and is opting for something low key and coloured.
“I get to go to premieres and get dressed up all the time. I went to the Met Gala last year in a wedding gown designed by Riccardo Tisci; I’ve played a bride a billion times.”
This got me thinking, with the rise of fashion and creativity, is the white dress idea lost when it comes to modern wedding planning?
“I got married so many times in my life—onscreen!” she explained. “I don’t want a white dress! I’ve worn so many of them. You know what I mean? The fact is, that kind of stuff is less about the ceremony and more about the commitment.”
Perhaps this new shift will bring out a lot of colour for the years to come in the wedding industry, but it seems that history does in fact repeat itself because white was not always the colour of choice to begin with.
On the contrary, it seems white became popular 1840, when Queen Victoria married Albert of Saxe-Coburg. She chose a white gown as an option to incorporate some lace that she loved. This started a trend among onlookers, and voila! The colour white spread to brides and brides to be everywhere – because everyone wants to look like a queen on their wedding day, right?
What’s interesting is that prior to the Victorian era, brides were wed in a myriad of colours that even included black. So Amanda’s choice in varying dress colour options isn’t so new-age after-all. Initially, blue was the colour associated with virginity because of its connection to the Virgin Mother Mary images in the Catholic traditions. A typical wedding dress in today’s society are usually white or off-white which most attribute to the colour of virginity…
Perhaps we have it all wrong, should the colour of a wedding dress reflect your personal style like the Queen’s, or is the white tradition one that should live on regardless of historical facts?