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Why white wedding dresses became popular in the Western World
610 years ago since this time of writing, Philippa of England broke new ground. In her marriage to Eric of Pomerania, she wore a white wedding dress made of white silk, a tunic, and cloak. This was topped with a grey squirrel and ermine collar. Little did we know, 610 years later, that white wedding dresses would become a popular choice.
Then, in 1559, Mary, Queen of Scots married Francis Dauphin of France. On marrying her first husband, she opted for a white wedding dress, as white was her favourite colour. There was only one problem: white, a la France, was a colour of mourning for French queens. At the time, not a good choice.
Before 1840, the bride wore the smartest dress she could find. Colour didn’t matter. This was down to the bride’s preferences (and she could have had pink with yellow spots, if available in 1754). Then came the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. On the 10 February 1840, Queen Victoria tied the knot with a white dress. She had a piece of fine lace that she wanted to add to the dress. Hence the fact she opted for white.
Shortly after her wedding, the white wedding dress became de rigeur in the Western World. In later years, white was associated with purity, though blue had previously been connected with piety, faithfulness, and the Virgin Mary. With the Royal Family being a source of interest among Victorian households in the UK, they also captured the zeitgeist in the fashions of the day. To a smaller extent, this remains the case; for instance with the Duchess of Cambridge’s personal wardrobe.
Sometimes, the white dresses could be as ice cold as the Elsa character in Frozen. Wedding white can also be off white. For example, in shades like eggshell, ecru, and ivory.
Mint green, peach, and shades of blue have been offered as alternatives to the usual white. Before Victorian times, black was a popular wedding dress colour in Scandinavia. In Far Eastern countries, red is the colour of choice. Red is seen as a colour of good luck in China, Pakistan, India, and Vietnam. White is seen as a funeral colour.
Eden Manor Bridal, 07 November 2016.
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Had a great experience from the moment we arrived, great selection of dresses, treated really well & Hilda is amazing at what she does. Definitely worth a visit....
From the very beginning, I had a great experience with Hilda in Eden Manor. She made me feel comfortable, she was so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Fantastic selection of dresses and her shop setting is amazing.. make sure you pay her a visit. Thanks so much Hilda.
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I said yes to my amazing dress about 3 weeks ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since! Hilda is amazing at what she does and made me feel at ease. Couldn’t recommend Eden Manor enough and can’t wait for the day I get to wear my dress again 😍
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We went to eden manor this eve to hire a suit not knowing what we wanted.met Tom and what can I say top man lovely friendly and looked after us well.we really appreciate all your help!
I bought my wedding dress here and absolutely loved it. Hilda was so helpful and friendly. My husband, the groomsmen etc all got suits here too and they were fab. Would recommend Eden Manor to anyone. Would love to have the day all over again so I could wear the dress again
What a fantastic experience. My sister is looking for a wedding dress and we couldn't have picked a nicer, friendlier, experienced boutique to start. Thank you Caroline, loved every minute
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I just picked up my dress today and to say i love it is an understatement! The girls where amazing and took the time to show me different styles. Would defiantly recommend ��
Fantastic experience from start to finish.......the entrance, the ambiance, the selection of dresses! The whole process was a dream. It’s a must visit!!
From the moment you walk through the door you are greeted and treated like a true princess. I said yes to the dress 👗 here back in May. I had such a wonderful time the girls were truly amazing thank you so much.
I would definitely recommend Eden Manor for bridal dress shopping! They honestly have such a wide range to suit everyone’s taste. The ladies are lovely and very helpful. They understood what I was looking for and I left with a gorgeous dress, super comfy and elegant. To top it up, the place is so beautiful that it makes the whole experience that bit extra special.
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I couldn't recommend this bridal shop and Hilda enough, from the moment I walked in the door I knew I was in good hands. Hildas professionalism and expertise made the experience of picking my wedding dress so easy and enjoyable. I can't thank her enough. Id whole heartedly recommend Eden Manor to future brides.
Hilda was absolutely brilliant! She knew exactly what would suit me, I absolutely loved wearing my dress!!
Had an amazing experience with Hilda at Eden bridal. From the moment I arrived the entrance and showroom are fabulous. And when I met Hilda she sat down with us and I went through what I liked and did not like from trying on dresses and from all the shops we visited, hilda was the only person to ask tea coffee or bubbly. The range of dresses Hilda has and there all in immaculate condition is impressive . Hilda knew what dresses to pick what I wanted and what looked really well on . I said yes to the dress. Would highly recommend Eden bridal best bridal shop I visited. 5 stars 🌟
Hilda provides a stellar 5* service. She knows dresses! The location is beautiful and the range of dresses fantastic. I went to Eden Manor following a recommendation from a friend. I was frustrated with dress shopping at that stage and was getting too much conflicting information. I explained my vision to Hilda and she just 'got it' and kept me on track until I achieved what I wanted. I would highly recommend Eden Manor to any future brides, you will not only find the dress you love, but the one that flatters you the most, all while having the loveliest experience.
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Top class customer service - nothing is too much effort - in a beautiful setting. Very professional and experienced - highly recommend.
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Hilda was recommended to me by family and the experience was phenomenal from start to finish! The place she has is stunning and Hilda herself is flawless in her knowledge and experience of bridal gowns. Her collection of gowns are broad and current, she has an abundance of absolutely sensational pieces! I can’t thank her enough, she put me at ease, kept me focused and found me the perfect dress. If you’re looking for a top quality experience and a beautiful collection of bridal gowns then come to Eden Manor Bridal.
I said Yes to the dress today at Eden Manor Bridal. Thanks to Mairead and Hilda, true professionals, who helped me find the the most perfect dress. By far the best bridal shop and experience I've had. Highly recommend.
I had a great experience with Hilda in her fabulous shop. Hilda was very helpful and understood what i was looking for. Although the dress i wanted was not in her store Hilda went above and beyond and found the dress i wanted in a store in Dublin for me! Thanks so much for your help Hilda it is much appreciated! I now have my dream dress !
I had a great experience in Eden Manor Bridal. She was very helpful. They offer a great service and would highly recommend...
What can I say the pictures of the dress I think say enough :) I just fell in love with this dress the moment I put it on, it was completely different to what i had in mind but thanks to Hilda I found the dress of my dreams! 💕 From the moment I walked into Eden Manor and spoke to Hilda I knew she was the lady to find me the perfect dress. The way she approached everything from the way she had myself and my mother choose different style dresses that I liked to the fun challenges given to us . My bridal party and I really enjoyed the experience (it was like a bonding experience) ha ha Hilda was so helpful and honest about each dress I tried on knowing the moment i tried it on how I exactly felt. I could not thank her enough for all her help and expertise as if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have found my perfect dress that day!
I saw a 'pin' on Pinterest and was set on the kind of dress I wanted. I tried endless bridal boutiques but couldn't find what I had in mind anywhere. Hilda managed to track it down for me and was able to order it in even though it wasn't one of her current sample dresses. Thank you Hilda for making my dream dress a reality!
Renting the suits here for our wedding, fantastic customer service, great range of suits which are amazing quality and very reasonably priced, highly recommend!
What an experience entering Eden Manor. We were treated like royalty from the minute we stepped through the door. Hilda is amazing. It was definitely worth the trip.
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