A white wedding is a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding that originated from Britain. The term originates from the white colour of the wedding dress. The term encapsulates the entire wedding routine especially in a particular religious belief.
White in many traditions and customs symbolises perfection, purity and innocence.
The veil that is adorned on the dress symbolises that the
Would-be bride is cultured, modest and well behaved.
The portrayal of weddings in Hollywood movies helped crystalise and homogenise the white wedding into normative form.
In Nigeria, along with the traditional wedding is also the white wedding which involves going to places of worship to be blessed before God and the congregation, this is mostly done after the traditional marriage rites have been observed.
White weddings also include a wedding party of groom’s men, bride’s maids, flower girl, ring bearer and of cause the guests.
White weddings are always done on Saturdays, although, according to an English folklore, it is an unlucky day for weddings, but in Nigeria, it is a perfect day for a wedding.
Some other superstition about white weddings and weddings generally are;
-Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck according to Hindu tradition.
-For good luck, Egyptians pinch the bride on her wedding day.
-Rings are always worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
-A pearl ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.
-In catholic tradition, there is ‘posting of banns’ to announce a marriage, this originates as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.
White weddings are beautiful and photos of it are always breath taking.