Wedding dresses haven’t always been white. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria married Prince Albert on February 10, 1840, that white wedding dresses became fashion. Since then, dresses became a sign of purity and love the bride had for her husband. It did help that society changed and there were more marriages for love rather than power. Marriages were no longer business deals, as much, between families.
Before Queen Victoria set the trend for white wedding dresses, they were something fancy that the brides got to wear. They meant nothing in particular, especially for lower class families. They were simply a way for the bride’s family to set a standard for their wealth and show off their own position of power and authority.