Most brides will opt for a white wedding dress to get married in. Whether if she chooses a traditional catholic ceremony or a civil union, or even if it's a second o third marriage, a dress in a white shade is by far the most common color. But do you know when and how this all started? You might think that this tradition goes back many centuries. This is only partially true. Many people also assume and that white symbolizes purity and virginity, but that was not the original intention. It was the marriage of Queen Victoria to her cousin Albert of Saxe- Coburg in 1840 that really influenced the tradition of marrying in white. Long before that, white was a popular color to get married in among the higher classes. Wealthy brides often wore white to demonstrate their money, not their purity. However, the fabric was more important than the color to express the wealth, and many other colors were also commonly used: For example, blue was the color originally connected to purity, piety, faithfulness, and black was used a lot Scandinavia. White was not a widespread trend yet. Margaret Murray-Prior, in her wedding dress, 1882But after Queen Victoria's wedding, elites in Europe and across the Atlantic quickly followed her lead. Portrait of Queen Victoria in her lace trimmed wedding dress. (by Winterhalter, 1842) The middle classes adopted this color only after Word War II, when media became more accessible and Hollywood started to portray white weddings in movies. In 1981 a three-quarter billion people watched Prince Charles marry Diana; this wedding is considered the most influential white wedding of the 20th century. It's hard not to remember Diana's white taffeta dress with [...]
Over the years, we have shared laughter and tears with our favorite TV characters getting married on screen. Funny moments, romantic moments and moments when we just wanted to scream: "Stop! Don't say I do!" Here are some of our favorite TV weddings. Friends An all time favorite show with so many memorable weddings. It all started with Rachel running away from her own wedding. Then Carol and Susan, Mike and Phoebe, and of course Monica and Chandler. But the funniest moment was probably when Ross said the wrong name when he wanted to marry Emily. Grey's Anatomy We loved Izzie's and Alex's wedding (too bad it didn't last too long) and Callie's and Arizona's. Although our favorite moment was when Derek and Meredith got married on a post-it. Desperate Housewives Susan's and Mike's storyline was always very complicated, they even got married twice. But we will never forget the series's finale, when Renee married her Aussie. Sex and the City Charlotte had one perfect wedding that didn't last and one disaster wedding where she married her true love. We loved Miranda's and Steve's simple wedding.But we had to wait for the movie to see the wedding we all have been waiting for so long: After uncountable on and offs and a memorable Vivienne Westwood wedding dress that didn't make it to the altar, Carrie and Big finally said "I do". Glee Sue Sylvester marrying herself in that track-suit wedding dress must have been one of the most original TV weddings ever. Would you wear this kind of dress to your wedding? Tell us: What was your favorite TV wedding?
Since 1917, on March 8th we celebrate International Women's Day around the globe. The United Nations has been organizing this day since 1977, every year under a different theme. This year it's ” A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End violence Against Women”. Sadly, we still hear horrific news about violence against women, and numerous organizations and programs worldwide are fighting to stop these incidents for good. Let's all stand together and fight for the rights and freedom of women worldwide. To all the amazing women: Happy International Women's Day, from Eddy K. Here are a few links where you can read more about International Women's Day: http://www.internationalwomensday.com http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/