The Wedding day is one of the biggest events a women will remember for a lifetime. Bearing this in mind, it is not uncommon that the bride-to-be is under great amount of pressure, as she wants everything to be perfect. Amongst all this pressure is the high expectation of having the perfect wedding dress that everyone will love. It is interesting how wedding dresses have evolved over time and differ from one culture to another.

During the Middle Ages weddings were often more than just a union between two people. They could be a union between two families, two businesses or even two countries. Many weddings were a matter of politics than love, particularly among the nobility and the high social classes. Brides therefore were expected to showcase the family’s wealth and status by often wearing bold colours and layers of fur, velvet and silk. However, economic downturn of many monarchies brought different fashion – wedding dresses became more modest, often made out of white or ivory lace. Briefly, during the first half of the twentieth century, it was popular to wear shorter wedding gowns, a trend which has obviously returned.

Wedding dresses do not vary only in length, but they also differ when it comes to their texture and colour. While most people who originate from Western cultures associate wedding dresses with the colour white, it is not the case with Eastern cultures. Red is one of the most common choices for brides in China, Japan, or Taiwan. When it comes to Native Americans, their traditions largely differ from tribe to tribe. However there is one, which especially caught our eye – in the Hopi tribe a wedding dress was made by the groom himself. We have seen that previous fashion trends are returning, but will this one too come alive again?