Bridal Club Magazine
What is in a Bridal Trousseau?
The word trousseau is a French
term, given to the clothing that a bride
assembles in preparation for her forthcoming marriage.
Traditionally called a 'hope chest' and made of cedar wood, it also
included bridal accessories, lingerie, toiletries, jewelry, make-up
and the Manchester items that she would be using in her new
In Victorian times, the measure of a young woman's
trousseau was a sign of the wealth status and social class of the
family she came from. It was also symbolic of transition,
leaving home, virginity and the domestic arts. Like today,
they consisted of brand-new clothing matched to see the bride
though her wedding, honeymoon and newlywed days. Mostly these
garments were handsewn by a mother, aunt, grandmother or the girl
Families of higher social status would hire the skills of
professionals to outfit the young bride for her trousseau.
So, is it necessary to have a trousseau
The cedar chests are still manufactured and sold but are used more
often than not, for storage purposes. Most brides receive an
abundance of necessary and unnecessary household items, for
showers, engagement and wedding presents. For this reason,
gift registries have become increasingly popular to save doubling
up on presents.
Cash gifts are also helpful and practical as it leaves the
couple free to purchase products that are relevant to their
What does that leave for the modern bride to put
in her own trousseau should she choose to follow through with this
Things that make sense for your lifestyle and the things that you
love. The things that define who you are, the person you want
yourself to be as you start your new life together. Choose
clothes that make you feel sexy, special and confident. Most
importantly, they should fit your shape, don't buy something you
have grand hopes of fitting into for that particular night or day.
Don't feel pressured by pushy sales people to look like
something you are not comfortable with. Remember that it's the sale
they are interested in.
Make your trousseau a 'treasure chest' of luxuries that
have meaning and celebrate you. Happy shopping.