With wedding season upon us, brides to be can take a break from planning their own ceremonies to see “Tying the Knot,” an exhibit of wedding apparel in the Avenue Museum Gallery on Colorado State University’s campus.

Wedding apparel is preserved and passed down from generation to generation in every culture. When bridal gowns enter a museum’s collection, they tell stories of apparel artistry, from humble country weddings to lavish society affairs.

Though most of us think of white as the color for a wedding gown, this exhibit proves that brides liked to dress in all colors and fashions.

White was the color adopted after the Middle ages when weddings were more than a union between two people — they were unions between families, businesses or even countries — so brides were expected to dress in a way that portrayed their families in the most favorable light. The first documented occasion of a princess wearing white for a royal wedding ceremony is that of Philippa of England in 1406.

“Tying the Knot” is on display through August 11 at Colorado State University’s Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at the University Center. On-street parking is available in the neighborhoods surrounding the the museum.

The self-guided exhibit is free and open to the public. Museum hours are from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.