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A Not-So-White Wedding

The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis fields this week's wedding questions. Today: A Not-So-White Wedding

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Carol asks: “My daughter is getting married and has told me that she wants her bridesmaids and maid of honor to wear black. I’m surprised, because I thought that black was a no-no, just as white is reserved for the bride.”

Dear Carol: Times they are a-changing! Once black was "forbidden" as a color choice for bridesmaids. Today, many brides opt for that color in deference to their bridesmaids who may be able to wear their gowns more than just once. As for white being only for the bride, this tradition too has stepped aside as black and white weddings, all black, or all white weddings become more and more popular.

Lisa asks: “When and how did the tradition of a bride wearing a white wedding gown begin?”

Dear Lisa: The earliest record of a white wedding gown appears in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Early Egyptians believed that white was a color that symbolized both celebration and virginity. In more “modern” times, Queen Victoria broke from Middle Age custom and wore a white wedding gown.

For more dress-color queries, read “A Not-So-White Wedding (Part Two).”

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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