It was Queen Victoria who was ultimately responsible for today’s fashion of wearing a white wedding dress. Before her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840 a bride would simply wear the best dress she had in her wardrobe. It didn’t matter at all what colour it was and sometimes she would wear layers of silk and velvet on top of her dress simply to impress her groom and convince him she was rich.
Once word got round that the Queen had married in a pale dress everyone wanted to copy and we have never looked back.
by Jacqui Dunster
Source: Jenn Thompson - http://mentalfloss.com/article/18915/bizarre-origins-8-wedding-traditions#ixzz2bhB2jIlS