When a bride wore brown

THE joys and pitfalls of marriage will be explored in a display to celebrate the impending royal wedding.

West Yorkshire Archive Service is marking Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s happy day with an exhibition at its offices at Halifax Central Library this month.

It illustrates weddings in past times and reveals white was not always the traditional colour.

Yellow became popular in the 18th century, pink was popular because of its association with girlhood and innocence, green was considered unlucky by some because of its association with fairies, and brown was associated with rural weddings.

Queen Victoria wore a white silk, setting a precedent for all brides.