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Why wedding dresses are white?

In the 19th century, most women got married in a dress they could re-use for other occasions. Fantasies of white weddings were later fueled by happily-ever-after Hollywood movies, but traditionally, only wealthy families could afford to buy a white dress. Only in the 1950s did middle-class people begin copying the look thanks to the development of cheaper materials during the boom in prosperity after the war.