We taped a wedding and reception yesterday. Interesting, because half the people didn’t speak English and I don’t speak Polish. The bride and groom stood in the middle of the reception room and toasted each other. The bride was reading her toast, and after she’d spoken for a bit and thanked people (in English and Polish), the DJ sneaked in some music. Then she broke into song, surprising her new husband who didn’t know what she had planned. It was very sweet, and very neat.
Anyway… What ‘era’ are bridal gowns from? Hm. That’s not very clear. What I mean is this: If you see a man wearing an elaborate frock coat, ruffled shirt, and breeches; and if he has a tri-corner hat, you may suspect his clothing style is from the 18th Century. A tuxedo jacket with tails, accompanied by a tophat suggests the early-20th Century. Bridal gowns? The traditional white gown kind-of (to me) suggests 18th C. But they also suggest a Disney rendition of a ‘medieval’ princess. What little I know of actual medieval dress doesn’t quite match. It seems that Renaissance dresses were… something. Heavier? More involved? I don’t know.
So where did the style of the traditional wedding gown come from?