On your wedding day, you probably want to feel like a princess. So why not indulge that feeling with a Cinderella-style wedding. Not only can you arrive in a horse drawn carriage but you can wear a ball down style dress and have as many attendants as you desire. You probably won’t be able to find glass slippers, but you can find appropriate invitations, such as Cinderella’s Castlecards.
However, before you begin planning your own Cinderella wedding, you might be interested to learn a bit more about the surprising history of her story.
The Familiar Cinderella Tale
The Cinderella story most of us are familiar with was written by French author Charles Perrault. In the story, Cinderella’s father remarries a woman who forces his daughter to do all of the housework while her two daughters do nothing all day. After an invitation arrives for all the women to attend a ball thrown by the Prince, Cinderella helps dress her stepsisters and later cries because she is not allowed to attend.
Cinderella’s fairy godmother arrives and works her magic so Cinderella can attend the dance. The Prince is immediately taken with her. She attends the dance a second night, but as she leaves her glass slippers falls off. The Prince uses the slipper to finally track down Cinderella who he marries. Kindly, she forgives her stepmother and stepsisters for everything they did to her.
The Cinderella story is actually much older than Perrault’s version. The oldest was recorded by Strabo, a Greek historian writing during the first century B. C. In the story, Rhodopis is cleaning clothes in a stream when her slipper is grabbed by a bird and dropped in the lap of the pharaoh who seeks out its owner. When he finds her, they fall in love and are married.
A Chinese version of the story was written down during the 9th century. The Cinderella-character is named Ye Xian. She makes friends with a fish that is killed by her stepmother, but Ye Xian keeps the bone and their magic dresses her for a festival. At the festival, she loses a shoe which is found by a king who ends up falling in love with her.
In the German version of the tale, the results are a little less happy for the stepsisters. At the urging of both their mother and stepfather, they cut off pieces of their feet in order to make the glass slipper fit. Each time, the prince is only temporarily fooled and eventually he finds the real owner of the shoe.