Wedding dresses have changed much throughout the years, the colors and styles of modern times are different from ancient times and medieval times. However, there is one thing that never changed is that all brides will dress in their best for the occasion.
In ancient times, many weddings were economic unions rather than the
joining of two people in love. However, ancient brides still chose to
symbolize their happiness by wearing brightly colored wedding garments.
The wedding kiss was considered legally binding and represented
acceptance of the contract of marriage by the bride and groom.
During Medieval times, the wedding was still more than just a union
between two people. It often represented a union between two families,
two businesses and even two countries. Weddings were often arranged and
more a matter of politics than love. A bride had to dress in a manner
which cast her family in the most favorable light, since she wasn’t only
Medieval brides of an elevated social standing wore rich colors, expensive fabrics and often had gems sewn into the bridal wedding dresses.
It was common to see well-to-do brides wearing boldly colored layers of
furs, velvet and silk. Those of a lower social standing wore fabrics
that weren’t as rich, though they copied the elegant styles as best they
could. They sometimes chose simple wedding dresses which were cheaper.