Medieval Wedding Dress & Ceremony

May 1st, 201011:52 am

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Medieval Wedding Dress & Ceremony

A medieval wedding dress is classy and romantic. For those of you planning a medieval wedding, you’re among a select few people opting to have this ceremony steeped in tradition.

Getting a medieval wedding dress and getting set for the ceremony:

Decide on the specific them you’re both shooting for before purchasing/renting the medieval wedding dress and the groom’s clothing. The two of you may wish to be royal figures, peasants, or a mixture of the two — then again something completely between the lines. That’s the beauty of going medieval, you can really go with a traditional royal wedding, or something totally out of the normal spectrum.

Royal is what most people tend to add to their fantasy wedding theme: In this case men would be adorned with doublets, hosiery, and be outfitted with breeches. Women would be wearing a “Juliet” style medieval wedding dress, or something completely different. You see, your going medieval — there are no rules. You can buy a cheap $20 dress that would work perfectly as a royal garb from the middle ages.

Take a look around for online vendors, as that will be your least difficult way to get your renaissance medieval wedding dress. You can find online stores that will make your dress to your specifications, and make sure your looking like royalty, or a mere peasant on your big day. Bridal shops may also be able to provide you with options also, though you may end up paying a hefty price, as this style wedding isn’t particularly common (no pun intended.) For peasant dresses, you may not be able to get much of anything worthwhile out of your local bridal store.

If you are searching for something truly medieval, stay far away from white fabrics. Why? Many people confuse white with some sort of symbol for purity. This is an urban myth that has arisen in the last few centuries — blue was thought to represent purity in medieval wedding dress designs. While you may not find an “all blue” dress that you like, try to mix as much blue into your white dress as you can. A traditional medieval wedding dress was blue, complimented with white trim.

After the wedding

Once you’ve had your medieval wedding, and made use of your medieval wedding dress…presumably you and your guests will want to eat. Whether you’ve chosen to go “royal”, “peasant”, or “other” it’s important to have a good meal. Even peasants combined their resources back in tough times for the newly married. While this theme of wedding is again…very flexible in its presentation — traditional after wedding banquets featured partridge, quail, turtledove, boar/pig, goose, peacock, fish, cheese, nuts of all kinds, milk, fruit, etc. The meals were quite hearty and so to should yours be. Ales, wines, and beer of all varieties are also historically significant to medieval times.

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