Pearls for a Spring Wedding

Another sunshine day in London and spring has truly arrived with daffodils and blossom filling the parks. The month of April also marks the start of the spring wedding season for most brides and groom, with about 7 in 10 of all marriages in the UK taking place annually between April and September. In the next hopefully sunny months, brides will be wearing all white, with a white dress, perhaps with a veil and a white pearl necklace matched with a set of pearl earrings.

The tradition of a white wedding is believed to have originated in Europe. Its popularity is often credited to Queen Victoria as she wed Prince Albert in 1840 wearing a white lace dress. At the time crisp white attire was a sign of wealth as well as purity. Today the modern bride in the UK, and many cultures across the world, continues to favour a white wedding dress.

This season the colour white is also in fashion on the catwalk as well as the wedding aisle. The Spring/Summer 2012 collections of Celine, Chloe, Jenny Packham, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney are abundant with thoroughly white designs that range from sharply cut, almost architectural cottons to silk embroidery and pretty feminine lace.

So how should a white dress qualify as a wedding dress? The presence of a long train on a white dress or a groom close by is usually a giveaway clue. But more traditionally a bride will also accessorise her wedding dress with a veil, a tiara or a bouquet of seasonal flowers to complete her attire elegantly. White pearls are traditionally the bride's gem of choice for the prettiest of wedding jewellery and matching pearl and diamond earrings.

Last year was quite exquisite for beautiful weddings of the rich, famous and royal. Most memorably, Prince William wed Kate Middleton as she was wearing a stunning white dress created by Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton. The design with its intricate white lace and sleeves was reminiscent of the dress of another iconic princess, Grace Kelly, as she married the Prince of Monaco, Ranier II, in 1956.

If you are getting married this year, we hope the spring wedding season of 2012 will bring many more beautiful and happy weddings and memories.