Wedding Dress Trivia; Facts & Lesser Known Titbits

In the West brides often wear a white wedding dress, which was made popular by Queen Victoria as recently as 1840. Prior to this women generally simply wore their best dress. Victoria is also noted for having a 300lb wedding cake.

Queen Victoria
A 175 year old slice of Queen Victoria’s 300lb wedding cake.

In the East brides often wear red which is seen as a symbol of auspiciousness. The notable Eastern exception is in Japan, where white was always the colour of choice for bridal dresses—long before Queen Victoria popularized it in the West. The first known case of a princess wearing a white wedding gown for a royal wedding is that of Philippa of England in 1406. Mary, Queen of Scots, wore a white wedding gown in 1559 when she married her first husband because it was her favourite colour.

Wedding Dresses
Wedding Dresses in the West are now generally white or near white.

Interesting facts about wedding dresses; weddings & associated events:

  • 75 percent of wedding dresses are strapless dresses or sleeveless.
  • Ever wonder why engagement rings worn on the left ring finger? It was believed that a vein ran from that finger directly to the heart. That is its another tradition based on mass ignorance.
  • According to one 2012 study Brides decide on their wedding dresses about 11 months prior to the wedding on average.
  • Fully 61% of brides use Pinterest to find ideas for their wedding dress.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 brides buy their dresses online.
  • 1 in 3 brides buys their dress from a national bridal chain store.
  • More than half of brides buy their dresses at an independent bridal salon.
  • The average price of a wedding dress is around £1,000.
  • The length of the world’s longest wedding gown train was 2.977 km long.

    world's longest wedding gown train
    World’s longest wedding gown train: Just plain stupid.
  • 1 in 7 brides wear a non-white (and non-off white) wedding dress.
  • 1 in 5 brides have more than one wedding dress (ie. a second dress – or more).
  • Hair & make up is the single largest non-wedding dress expense for 2 out of 3 brides surveyed.
  • Only 1 in 20 brides wouldn’t have a problem with their bridesmaids wearing white.
  • Surprisingly, only 2 out of 3 brides insist on their bridesmaids wearing matching dresses.
  • 1 out of 7 grooms get to see the wedding dress before the wedding.
  • Just under half of brides say they intend to keep their wedding dress for their children or grandchildren to wear.
  • Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
  • Egyptians believe it’s good luck to pinch the bride on her wedding day.

    Egyptian Wedding
    Egyptian Wedding: Do Pinch The Bride..
  • Silhouettes include A-line, above-the-knee, column, empire, meringue, mermaid, princess, and trumpet. Necklines include asymmetric, bateau, halter, jewel, off-the-shoulder, portrait, scoop, sheer, square, strapless, sweetheart, and v-neck.
  • Wedding Gown lengths come in – Ankle; Floor; Knee; Mini; Short & Tea.
  • Stag parties were invented by ancient Spartan soldiers. A final goodbye to bachelor days with a huge party.

    Spartan soldiers
    Spartan soldiers: “Let’s get pissed!”
  • Green is a taboo colour at Scottish weddings because it’s the colour of fairies and revenge.
  • 15,422.1 kg of Gold is burned into wedding rings each year in the United States alone.
  • Moroccan brides are known to take milk baths to purify themselves before the wedding ceremony.
    Moroccan brides
    Moroccan bride in a bath of milk.


  • A Slice of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1947 wedding cake sold at auction for £500.

    Queen Elizabeth II: Slice of monarch's 1947 wedding cake sold at auction for £500
    Queen Elizabeth II: Slice of monarch’s 1947 wedding cake sold at auction for £500 – looks a bit off to me.