Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part I, Facts

For centuries, it has been a tradition for Norwegian Brides to wear a Crown on their wedding day:

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The Bridal Crown Tradition never died, although the wearing of traditional folk costumes called ‘Bunad’ plummeted drastically during the 1800s. Bunad was still worn in rural areas. Hulda Garborg was instrumental in reviving the Bunad tradition in the late 1880s, she was considered a rebell for challenging the elite of the era and thus the union with Sweden. By the culture radicals, wearing the Bunad became a symbol of the true Norwegian identity. Hulda Garborg took elements from old pieces of clothing and designed the first Bunad as we know them today. She was especially inspired by richly embroidered folk garments from Sunnmøre, the region of Western Norway were I currently live.

Wings of Whimsy: Hulda Garborg

Hulda Garborg – Bunad Rebell

Every region of Norway has their own Bunad today, based on elements from local clothing, furniture or building. Most Norwegian women, and many men own a Bunad, and will typically wear them to festive occasions, such as Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day of May 17th) weddings and gala dinners, even at the Royal Castle!

Although most brides in Norway today choose classical white gowns, some are still proudly donning full traditional Bridal Costumes, Crown and all:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Sunnmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Sunnmøre

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Hallingdal

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Hallingdal

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Rogaland

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Rogaland

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Vest Agder

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Vest Agder

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Voss

Here are some head shots:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Nordmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Nordmøre

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Sunnmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Sunnmøre

I have included the full figure Norwegian Traditional Brides on a collage sheet:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Brides

Find your high quality copy, free for your personal use and enjoyment in the download folder below 🙂 

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I have plans for several more posts about Norwegian Bridal Crowns, Bunad traditions and other Norwegian traditions. I’ll be sharing these special posts on Sundays, so stay tuned for more Norwegian Sundays to come 😀 Coming up next Sunday is Bridal Crowns Family Experience.

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Sources for the images of this post:

Bridal Crown

Hulda Garborg – Digitalt Museum

Traditional Brides: Norsk Flid Husfliden

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10 thoughts on “Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part I, Facts

  1. How beautiful! I especially like the Sunnmore costume with all that brightly colored embroidery. Wonderful to know that some are keeping traditions alive.

    • Bunad is a big thing here in Norway, and has grown largely in popularity over the last 30 years. Sadly the use of Bridal attires with the crowns has declined, so a Crowned Bride is rare to see today. Personally, I love the Bridal Crowns and think they are the most beautiful part of the Bunad tradition 🙂 xoxoxo

  2. Gorgeous! Love all the wedding dress they are beautiful. When my sister got married she didn’t chose the traditional white wedding gown that was so popular in the ’70’s here in the US. She loved the Victorian Era and actually is renowned for her knowledge and collection. Instead she went for a beautiful pink blush, heavy with imported lace and woven with a darker pink antique velvet ribbon. It was just amazing.

    • The dresses in these images are actually the “regular” bunad with extra decorations and the crowns. Stay tuned for this coming Sunday, for a closer look at a complete Traditional Bridal Attire, were also the dress is unique from the normal Bunad 😉

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