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A white wed­ding is a tra­di­tion­al for­mal or semi-for­mal wed­ding orig­i­nat­ing in Britain. The term orig­i­nates from the white colour of the wed­ding dress, which first became pop­u­lar with Vic­to­ri­an era elites after Queen Vic­to­ria wore a white lace dress at her wed­ding. How­ev­er, the term now also encap­su­lates the entire West­ern wed­ding rou­tine, espe­cial­ly in the Chris­t­ian reli­gious tra­di­tion, which gen­er­al­ly includes a cer­e­mo­ny dur­ing which the mar­riage begins, fol­lowed by a reception.