White Vs Coloured Wedding Dress
White has been the traditional colour for brides to marry in since Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in February 1840. Prior to this, brides in England had been getting married wearing heavily embroidered dresses, often using a silver-coloured thread. At a similar time in Western Europe, red was the colour that brides were choosing to marry in, whereas in the U.S, brides were marrying in neutral colours such as greys and browns. When Queen Victoria got married wearing such a fashion statement of a dress, word quickly spread amongst the elite of Europe and America and soon she had managed to rewrite tradition so that white wedding dresses were considered the garment of choice until now.
Luckily there are additional options available to brides in the 21st century. Not all brides feel that they want to get married in a white dress. Some brides with a particularly pale complexion may not actually suit wearing such a pale colour. Even warmer alternatives such as ivory or gold, just don’t look right on everyone. If you’re concerned whether or not you will actually suit getting married in a traditional dress, try and think about your everyday wardrobe. Do you ever wear light-coloured garments such as pastels or do you look better in bolder colours?
There will be other brides who may suit wearing white, but may not want to. You may think that white wedding dresses have been done to death and wish to make more of a statement by choosing to wear a coloured wedding dress instead.
Also, there will be other brides who feel uncomfortable about the connotations associated with wearing a white wedding dress. White is a symbol of purity and suggests a sexual innocence. If this isn’t your first wedding or if you already have children then you may feel uncomfortable wearing white if you consider the colour of your dress to be symbolic. However, in this day and age it would be unusual for anyone to judge a bride’s personal history based on the colour of her wedding dress.
If you have come to the conclusion that you’ve like to consider wearing a coloured wedding dress, you should do your research before hitting the bridal shops. Have a look on the Internet and see what dresses you like the look of. Once you’ve found a particular dress or designer that you like, then you’ll need to start calling bridal shops to see if they stock the coloured wedding dress or range that you have your eye on.
After the traditional colour of white, ivory or similar, the most popular wedding dress is probably found in the colour of red. Most skin tones suit red wedding dresses, although red-haired girls may not feel that this the right look for them. Red dresses are particularly fantastic for winter weddings set against a snowy backdrop. The Hollywood Dreams collection has some stunning red dresses, as does designer Maggie Sottero. Another great colour for winter weddings is a silver or frosty blue look, although brides with a pale complexion may look slightly washed out in these colours. Other wedding dress colours on the market can be found in bridal stores in purples, greens and midnight blue.
Of course if you’re unable to find a wedding dress in the colour of your choice, you always have the option of getting a dress made for you. You could take along a design you like and ask for something similar to be made for you.
The most important thing when choosing your wedding dress is to be open to everything. Try on as many different styles and colours as possible. As well as having fun trying on huge meringues that you didn’t ever think would suit you, you might also be surprised that a dress you thought be hideous is actually perfect on you.