Our first TWS Bride Guide feature is lace. Lace has become almost synonymous with wedding dresses, especially white lace. Historically, however, many laces were not made in white, instead made in black for wear during mourning periods. White lace, and white wedding dresses themselves, were popularized not because of an implication of purity, but rather as an indication of wealth. A white dress, particularly one of all lace, would be easily dirtied, and difficult to clean. Wealthy women wore white lace for their weddings during the 18th and 19th century, showing that they could afford to own a dress they would only wear once, and became fully popularized by Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert in 1840 (see more here in this lovely little BBC piece from 2014). Below are some photos and descriptions of common laces found in the bridal universe, but the varieties are endless and these are merely a glimpse of the laces available.