The first Turkish woman known to have been married in a white wedding dress is Naime Sultan, the daughter of sultan Abdülhamid the second, who married in 1898.
The traditional Turkish wedding dress was in bold colors, like purple or red, richly embroidered in gold thread. This dress varied from region to region, often from village to village, and very often the head covering of the bride was red. Therefore…poppy = little bride.
Now every girl that can afford a wedding dress marries in white, but the traditional wedding dresses with their enormous variety and richness of design are not forgotten. They are used the night before the wedding, during henna night, a beautiful ceremony to mark the separation of the girl from her father’s house and the entering of her new life as married woman.