I just said this to Liz but I think it’s interesting so I’m gonna make a post.
Emma’s dress in tonight’s episode is a silvery white. It could have been literally any other color. Why white?
Sure, theories that it was Charming hallucinating Emma’s wedding day were wrong but. Think about this. What happens to princesses when they go to balls? Why do people HOLD balls in fairy tales?
Oh. To find BRIDES. To get MARRIED.
That’s why they hold a ball for Cinderella’s prince. She goes to the ball and ends up married to the prince shortly after. In The Swan Princess, Prince Derek’s mother organizes a ball…for the purpose of finding him a BRIDE.