Bride Told She Can’t Wear White To Her Own Wedding By Her Future Husband

A bride was told by her fiancé and his family that she could not wear white on their wedding day.
Credit: Alamy

A woman was told by her fiancé and his family that she could not wear white on their wedding day.

Interestingly, the Western tradition of brides wearing white was actually started by Queen Victoria at her 1840 wedding to Prince Albert.

Now, white typically remains for brides as it symbolises purity and innocence.

Traditionally, brides also wear this colour as a display of the innocence of girlhood.

But one man tried to stop his future wife from donning a white dress to her wedding – and it hasn’t gone down well.

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The bride-to-be, who detailed her experience on Reddit, says that the issue started when she and her future mother-in-law went dress shopping. 

Her fiancé’s family hold a tradition of women wearing ‘blush’ dresses on their wedding days – but she had ‘respectfully’ told them that she would wear whatever colour her ‘perfect dress’ was. 

Upon finding that perfect dress – things started to go south. 

She explains: “Once I finally found it, it was white. 

“My mother-in-law asked me to ask if they could alter it to make it blush or to find a new dress if they couldn’t. 

“I said that I would ask, but if they couldn’t, then that was that.

“Long story short, they couldn’t, and I showed up to my wedding in a white dress. 

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“All through the ceremony, my mother-in-law was seething. 

“During the reception, she pulled me aside and asked why my dress was white. 

“I told her that I didn’t want to find a new dress and they couldn’t alter it. 

“She said it was a tradition, and she was disappointed that I had broken it. 

“My husband also said that he was ‘disappointed’ when I walked down the aisle in a white dress.”

She noted that aside from the dress fiasco, she and her partner had enjoyed the ‘perfect wedding’, and described her new husband as the ‘love of my life’.

Wedding ring on finger.
The bride was told by her fiancé and his family that she could not wear white on their wedding day. Credit: Alamy

In the comments on her post, the vast majority of users sided with the bride.

One person writes: “I don’t understand why the emphasis wasn’t on her finding a dress she felt absolutely beautiful and lovely in.

“Something where she walks down that aisle entering her next chapter glowing and beaming with happiness.

“This is so sad that they turned around and made this moment about them and their wishes, instead of her feeling great on her special day. What a shame.”

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Another adds: “That is the kind of tradition that should, at MOST, be for the women of the family.

“And even then, it shouldn’t be mandatory. Bride’s choice, PERIOD.

“Trying to forcibly impose that on a woman marrying INTO the family is just BEYOND bull****. And then harassing her at the wedding? Yeah, no thanks.”

“This tradition can’t be more than one or two generations old,” writes a third.

“Maybe in the 1980s, blush dresses were in, but a 60s bride would have been stretching to find a blush dress, and a post-war bride wore what she could find.

“Seriously, if the groom sees his beautiful bride walking down the aisle and feels disappointment because her dress isn’t blush, this relationship has already run its course.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.