The white wedding dress hasn't always been the first choice for a bride. In ancient times, brides dressed in brilliant colors, especially red or yellow. In biblical times, the color of choice was blue because it symbolized purity.

Until the 1900's most brides did not have a special dress for their wedding day. They simply wore their best dress. The following traditional rhyme offered advice on what dress color to choose: Married in white, you have chosen right Married in blue, your love will always be true Married in pearl, you will live in a whirl Married in brown, you will live in town Married in red, you will wish yourself dead Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow Married in green, ashamed to be seen Married in pink, your spirit will sink Married in gray, you will go far away Married in black, you will wish yourself back.

A green dress is thought unlucky, unless the bride is Irish. The old expression that a woman has a 'green gown' implied loose morals, because the green symbolized grass stains from rolling in grassy fields.

White, or a variation of white, was a sign of purity and innocence. The first known white wedding dress was worn by Ann of Brittany to her marriage to Louis XII of France in 1499. However, it was not a practical color. Cloth was very expensive to bleach and if one wanted a white dress, it would require more than one bleaching. It was believed that the whiter the cloth, the more affluent the person. So when the rich wed, they chose a white dress to show off their wealth.