Did you Know? History of the White Wedding.

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Everyone loves to attend a wedding ceremony, most especially a white one, though many of us do not know the origin of this act we are all eager to be a part of it.

Every young man/woman dream of being joined together in a beautiful church. The bride dressed in a luscious white gown with a bouquet and a train of beautiful ladies to boot, whilst the man is accompanied by young handsome lads in tuxedos looking elegant.

This has become a very important process of a nuptial ceremony for Africans of Christian descent. It is considered the full package coming after the traditional formality.

Now, lets us give you a brief summary of how the white wedding invented. A white wedding is a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Great Britain.


The term originates from the white color of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding. The term now also encapsulates the entire Western wedding routine, especially in the Christian religious tradition, which generally includes a ceremony during which the marriage begins, followed by a reception.

A different school of thought has it that Mary, Queen of Scots, wore a white wedding gown in 1559 when she married her first husband, Francis Dauphin of France, however, the tradition of a white wedding dress is commonly credited to Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white court dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

This became a well-known ethos commonly used by debutantes as a requirement for their first presentation at court, a “Drawing Room” where they were introduced to the queen for the first time.

Going forward and due to imperialism, this concept came into Africa and was merged with her own cultural way of joining two lovers in wedlock.

We know this has been helpful to many of us as often than not, we have had conversations encompassing the truth behind this act we imbibe. Hence the clarification to many who do not know that this was a borrowed culture, and our traditional wedding is all that used to be in ages past.

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