Victorian era has been considered as the most popular and prosperous era of Britain. This Golden period lasted from June 1837 to January 1901 under the reign of Queen Victoria and exhibited/showcased peace, economic, and industrial consolidation/ improvement, political changes and liberalization of policies. The women of the Victorian era paid a lot of attention to their clothing-which is the reason for the Victorian clothes for being so popular even nowadays.
A wedding is one of the most important events that takes place in the life of a person. Every bride wishes to look beautiful and gorgeous on her wedding day and the wedding dress plays a major role in making the bride look stunning! The Victorian day wedding dresses are still very much in vogue and almost all the brides-to-be want to wear it on that “special day.”
The Victorian wedding gown had plenty of layered fabric and was big on modesty! The Victorian wedding dress was very elegant and simple-often made of ivory as compared to the traditional white. It was not possible for people to afford a white colored wedding dress and so most of the girls were married in a regular dress of the time than anything else. The neckline of the dress was bordered with a handmade lace, arranged in a rumple for adding an extra elegance to the dress.
In spite of the layers beneath the wedding gown, a Victorian bride usually looked slim and tender. This was possible because many of the dresses had a black bodice cinched tightly with a corset worn under it. Open or low-cut bodices were also worn during those days, but the church weddings typically had more concealing bodices. Lace was also an important item of the wedding dress but was really expensive and hence, it was used very rarely or on the dress of wealthy girls.
The jewelry was kept to a minimum during those days unless the bride was presented a jewel piece or gift by the groom. On the other hand, many brides adorned their hair and bodies with orange blossoms (the real orange blossoms were quite expensive) as well-which was an indication of the wealth of the bridal family or the extra efforts being out in. The brides also used to wear gloves that either had a seam split on the finger or arranged in a manner that the gloves might be easily taken-off for putting the ring on!
If you want to buy a Victorian gown for your wedding, then you may purchase one at the “Vintage Wedding” store or get it designed from a designer. The “Vintage Wedding” shop offers wedding gowns, veils and sewing patterns also, so that you can make your wedding dress personalized in your own manner. Some of the area boutiques may also offer vintage gowns or clothing’s, which may match up to your expectation. So, make sure that you check them out as well!
So, you can see that a Victorian wedding dress exhibited class and elegance! I am sure that a Victorian wedding dress worn by you in your wedding day would certainly set you apart from others!