History of the Wedding Dress

There are many traditions that go along with weddings. One of those traditions is the wedding dress. The colour and style of the wedding dress often depend on the culture and religion of the bride. That moment when the bride walks down the aisle to meet her groom is likely the most memorable moment of the entire wedding. One thing that immediately catches everyone’s eye, other than the happy bride, is that beautiful wedding dress. The wedding dress has a long, interesting history. Below are a few examples of how the wedding dress has changed in both Western and Eastern cultures.

Western CultureBack in the middle ages, arranged marriage was very common. People often married for political reasons or to elevate social status. Weddings were seen not only as a union between two people, but also as a union between two families. This practice was very common among royalty and the wealthy. The bride often wore a dress that was befitting of her social status. It was also an opportunity for the family to show off their wealth. Royal and wealthy brides wore dresses made of very vibrant colors and an enormous amount of fabric. Poor brides often just wore the best dress they owned and did not get a new dress for the occasion. White wedding dresses started showing up among royals in the 15th and 16th centuries when Phillipa of England and Mary queen of Scots wore white for their weddings. It wasn’t until the Victorian era that white wedding dresses began to catch on. After queen Victoria was married in a white wedding dress, brides in many western countries began choosing the color white for their wedding dresses.
Today, white is the most popular color for wedding dresses. Through the years, especially the 20th and 21st centuries, there have been many changes to the look and style of wedding dresses. They range from the traditional flowing dress that would be befitting for royalty to simple and classy. If looking for a wedding dress today, one would have many options to choose from. Though white is the most common color, there are many shades of white to choose from. Styles also vary from long to short and long-sleeved to strapless.

Eastern CultureEastern countries have many time-honored traditions. In countries such as China, India, and Taiwan, the traditional color for wedding dresses is red. Traditionally, most wedding dresses were made of red silk and ornately embroidered. It is considered good luck for the bride to wear red. Today, many Eastern women chose the color of their dress, but the style is more traditional. In India, brides often wear saris, which have been worn for centuries, though Colors do often vary. In Japan, many brides wear traditional white kimonos for a formal ceremony, as white is the color of purity. They may choose to wear a red kimono for celebrations following the wedding. Though there are many wedding traditions in Eastern countries that are still popular today, some Eastern women chose to wear more modern, western-inspired dresses.

Though there is much more to the vast history of wedding dresses, it is easy to see the diversity through the years as well as in different cultures. Style, colour, length and materials may have changed through the years, one constant is that the wedding dress continues to be a time-honoured tradition.

Weddings at the Waltons Hotel Nottingham

Why the Walton’s Hotel is great for Weddings
Truth be told the wedding is the most glamorous and amazing day in many couples life. Therefore the attention to detail, the choice of themes, colours, vendors, guests and even venues is carefully thought through.
In turn hotels, restaurants and parks have significantly altered their spaces to fit with the kid elegance, charm and the kind of finesse that creates this imperial wedding feeling. The Walton Hotel in Nottingham is one of those chic, civil and beautiful hotels with a culture, culinary choices and venues especially suited for weddings.
Set on the North Road in Nottingham, The Walton hotel is a beauteous place set in a 19th-century hunting lodge in the leafy Park District. The Walton’s place is a case of accidental convenience fortified by carefully cultivated hospitality and quality. While at the Walton Hotel venue you are just 15 minutes’ walk from numerous landmarks including Theater Royal Concert Hall, the tram spot and the intu Victoria Center.
The 28 rooms in the hotel are spacious and well-lit with a décor that date, not in an old fashioned way but in a classic, vintage manner that oozes a timeless feel with it. You can feel the touch of history and the outdoorsy personality that occupies every space in this hotel.
Each of the suites has the detailed conveniences of a typical adventurous, English hotel including coffee-making machine, Wi-Fi, canopy on beds, flat screen TVs and tea.
The magic of Walton hotel is that each room bares a unique identity to accommodate the diverse needs of the clientèle. You have family suites, double superior, King suites as well as an array of arrangements that can be modified if need be. If you have plans for an extended stay for a honeymoon you can take advantage of the allocated long-stay suites or the serviced apartments with reduced weekly rates. The facility offers full breakfast with assorted gourmet and la carte options.
Events and Conferences.
Given its outdoorsy, adventurous past as a hunting lodge the Walton still retains its capacity for event hosting, conferences, meetings and even casual tete-a-tete.
The venues are trendy with murals and chandeliers adorning the thick, sturdy walls. The wooden floors have a caramel wood paneling while others have purplish walls that beautifully contrast with the pearly white walls and intensely paneled windows. This makes it easy to mount a wedding decor.
The hotel still retains its minimal, artsy and stylish look of the yesteryears that have since been spruced up to accommodate a more homely and relaxed feel. The reception is delightful, the food is delicious and the hospitality is semi-formal in a non-officious way and heart-warming way.
Outdoors Events
For a wedding after party the Walton hotel has an outdoor terrace for drinking and dining the evening away. The genius of the Walton hotel is their ability to make use of different kinds of lighting particularly mauve, dandelion yellow and cinnamon.
This impressive blending of history and modernity with a touch of delicate beauty and English formalness is what makes the Walton unique for events, especially wedding events. You get to experience a touch of tradition and ceremonious trendiness at one venue.
One downside of hosting your wedding at the Waltons is the raggedy feel of the venue which narrows your theme options. Even then, this can be discounted by the existing blend of art and colors that reduce your need for extra decor in the venue.

The Waltons Hotel. 2 North Road, The Park Estate, Nottingham, England, NG7 1AG,

Ringwood Hall Hotel, Chesterfield. Weddings.


Ringwood Hall Hotel Wedding Chesterfield

Just before Christmas of 2015 we photographed the Wedding of Chris and Nicole at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Ringwood Rd, Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire  S43 1DQ. This is perhaps one of the most “wow” settings we have worked in to produce some of the most stunning images. The Grand Entrance Hall holds the fairytale Oak staircase which winds up to a gallery. As the Bride makes her entrance down the steps there are so many opportunities for your Wedding Photography. There are two large reception rooms one for afternoon tea and another with a real open log fire. From this room you can open the doors onto the terrace and the green. The ceremony room is again one of the largest halls to spoil your guests as they watch your proud moment. There are two bars so your guests won’t need to queue. More About Ringwood Hall.

DSC2937-2-300x200The Ringwood Hall Hotel

Are you looking for a lovely venue to hold your wedding? Do you want your wedding day to be held in a unique and luxurious setting? If so you may like to consider the Ringwood Hall Hotel in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. This hotel is a beautiful Georgian grade two listed manor house which has been lovingly restored to its former glory. It is set in six acres of gardens and is also surrounded by parkland and forests as it is at the edge of the peak district national park. It is within driving distance of Sheffield and Nottingham, allowing for easy access for your guests and wedding party.

Ringwood Hall hotel is a great back drop for your wedding celebrations as it’s a beautiful venue and is situated in a great location. The owners of this hotel offer customised wedding packages on a year round basis. This allows you to create a bespoke and unique wedding celebration.


Stunning wedding photography can be captured in the gardens whichever season you choose to hold your wedding. The gardens have been designed and planted out by a talented team of landscape gardeners in order to provide a variety of colour all year round. The only thing that is unpredictable is the British weather, but that is to be expected where ever you have your wedding.

Seasonal themes

Ringwood Hall hotel has come up with a variety of seasonal themes for weddings. Seasonal weddings can be booked with a fixed price arrangement and include table decorations and chair covers. You can also purchase extras to give your wedding a unique and interesting twist. Make your wedding a day to remember for yourselves as well as family and friends. You could add fireworks, a candy cart, live music or a photo booth to your package. Or why not take advantage of the canapés, chocolate favours or children’s gifts which can be provided by the hotel.

The hotel has created a great Christmas theme with festive decorations if you are planning a winter wedding.

Ringwood Hall Hotel Wedding Suppliers

Ringwood Hall hotel works closely with a range of professional wedding suppliers and will help you to plan everything you need to make your wedding a success, from beautiful flower arrangements to table dressings and photography. The hotels main wedding suppliers have lots of interesting advice and services which will help you create the wedding that you have always dreamed of. They also have many special deals and discounts available.

Special deals

If you book a mid week wedding for the seasonal arrangement you will receive further discounts and concessions. Making this great venue even more affordable. The Ringwood Hotel has created a download entitled “The Collection” which gives more details of their specific themes, options and price packages. If you would like to create a unique wedding in a beautiful location that will be remembered for years to come then look into this venue further. The Ringwood Hotel will be happy to provide you with any further information.


Weddings at Country Cottage Hotel, Ruddington.

We had the pleasure of recently photographing Fiona and Toms wedding at the Country Cottage Hotel, we respect their wishes to keep their galleries private but want to say what a charming couple they were and a little about what the venue has to offer. This is a family owned venue where they go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and nothing is too much trouble. There is a courtyard adjacent to the bar and gardens to the rear for the Wedding Photos. There are plenty of old nooks and crannies in the bar which boasts real heritage and some excellent photo opportunities.

Are you looking for a cosy and romantic wedding venue? Are you planning a wedding reception which can be held either inside or outside? If so you may consider the country cottage hotel as your wedding venue. This article will look at the venue in more detail.

The hotel

The Country Cottage Hotel is a beautifully restored and refurbished stone building which has been created from a collection of 17th Century Cottages. The cottages have been lovingly restored to their former glory. This makes it a very unique and interesting back drop to your wedding day. The hotel features a large airy Restaurant which has high ceilings.

The country cottage Hotel is a small, intimate venue as there are twenty two on suit bedrooms for your guests to stay in. All rooms are comfortable and well designed, they are boutique styled with nice furnishings and each room is unique.

This is great if you are planning a small, family wedding. However if you want a larger reception then the hotel is able to accommodate up to one hundred people. The hotel itself is located in Ruddington and is easily accessible.

The owners of this hotel, Julie and Andrew Sturt are very friendly and welcoming. They will do everything they can to ensure that your wedding runs smoothly and is organised in the way that you would like. There’s a team of friendly staff on hand to serve food and look after everyone. The hotel also employs a wedding coordinator to create a special day for you and your guests.


Delicious food can be ordered from the restaurant which overlooks a pretty courtyard filled with flowers. Roses and Honeysuckle climbs the walls, providing a lovely back drop to your photos. Children under the age of two can stay and eat at the hotel for free. For older children half the normal price will be charged. It is also possible to arrange a special menu for the children.

Walled Gardens

There is also a lovely walled garden and several secluded areas in the gardens for photos and relaxing. The hotel has outdoor seating which can be taken advantage of during a spring or summer wedding.

Winter Wonderland

The hotel has created a winter wonderland special offer. If you are planning to hold your wedding between October to December then a special package can be purchased. Turn your wedding into a magical day to remember with seasonal decorations.

If the country cottage hotel sounds like somewhere you would like to hold your wedding reception then you can look through the website for more information. A wedding brochure can also be ordered from the website. It is possible to arrange a viewing beforehand where you will be able to see the beautiful hotel, grounds and facilities that the hotel has to offer. One hundred people can be accommodated for an afternoon reception and up to two hundred if you would like to have an evening buffet reception.

For more information contact:

Contact details for the Venue:

The Country Cottage Hotel in Ruddington
Sutton Courtyeard
Easthorte Street
NG11 6LA

Tel : 0115 984 6882

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