It is common knowledge that almost every little girl spends years dreaming about her wedding day, planning it long before she actually meets the man who will win her hand in marriage. She can vividly picture the guests, the ceremony, the cake and flowers and invitations and gifts; but here I would like to address the centerpiece of this dream – the wedding dress.
Every woman is a princess on her wedding day, radiant and glorious. Her dress reflects the way she feels – long and white, flowing and feminine, the symbol of innocence, purity and virtue. She wears it for a holy, sacred moment when her hand and her heart are given to a man who promises to cherish and love and respect her - for the rest of their lives.
Ladies, how many of you attended weddings lately? Or perhaps went to find a wedding gown for you, or your sisters, friends, daughters? Did you, perhaps, notice something unexpected?
Brides are offered provocative, immodest styles. Such styles are becoming normal and popular. Wedding dresses, which for many centuries symbolized the purity and innocence of a bride, nowadays are often anything but innocent.
Some may say I shouldn't be surprised, considering the fashion we usually see these days. And of course, it's always important to dress modestly – not only on one's wedding day. However, even if it sounds like an exaggeration, I think inappropriate and provocative wedding dresses are an extraordinarily striking example of lost respect for the woman, her chastity, the holiness of a wedding ceremony and even marriage itself.
Think about it. Once, a bride would come to her new husband timid and blushing, and her lovely garments only enhanced the true beauty within, the beauty only one man was meant to see. Today, a woman can turn into a display of sexuality even on her wedding day. Divorce rates are climbing up; the difference between today and only a couple of decades ago is undeniable. I'm not saying it all boils down to a wedding dress. It is just a symbol of our society's standards.
This isn't really about slashes in a wedding dress; it is about breaks in the matrimonial stronghold. The bride's naked skin is a sad illustration of her submission to the worldly temptations, rather than to serving God and her family. Her wedding dress is so tight she hardly has room to breathe – or room for holy thoughts on this very special occasion.
So ladies, especially those who are planning their wedding, let's make it a truly beautiful day. This is the most special day in our life, a day we have awaited, a day on which we start a new family union, blessed with love and hope. Let's rejoice in pure thoughts and endless love we feel towards God and our new husbands. Let's dedicate ourselves to our husbands on this wonderful day, to be their faithful helpers and companions. And let's dress in a beautiful, dignified way, in awe and honor of this glorious moment, so that all who set their eye upon us can happily say: "Here comes the bride!"