How to Make a Coloured Wedding Dress Work for You

Navy Blue Wedding Dress{Photo source: Love My Dress }

The traditional colour for a wedding dress is white, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t be creative with colour when it comes to the gown that you wear on your special day. Many brides think outside the box and wear a gorgeous wedding dress in a totally different shade.

Where Did the White Dress Tradition Come From Anyway?

The white wedding dress tradition was started by Queen Victoria, when she was married to Prince Albert in 1840. Royal brides at the time didn’t wear white, as they would usually wear heavy gowns with red brocade, silver thread and white accents. Brides in Europe and America at the time wore colours like brown, gray, black, yellow and blue – because they would be married in the nicest gown they owned regardless of colour.

However, Queen Victoria’s stunning white dress made a big impression and brides all over America and Europe followed her lead. At this time, white dresses were much more expensive and difficult to launder and maintain, so owning one was a sign of prestige.

 Black Wedding Dress{Photo credit: BP }

Coloured Dresses Making a Comeback

While the white wedding dress has been a popular choice for almost 175 years, the coloured dress is beginning to make a comeback. Perhaps you don’t like the way you look in white, you want to make a creative statement or you want to be able to wear your gown again at a different occasion? Whatever the reason, there’s nothing wrong with having a little colour in your wedding ensemble. You might get a few questions and strange looks from the more traditionally minded people in your wedding party, but if you wear your coloured gown with elegance and charm you can win them over.

Celebrity Brides Bringing Colour into Their Weddings

There have been a few famous brides who have rocked the coloured wedding dress look and have really made a bold style statement. When Jessica Biel married Justin Timberlake at a luxurious ceremony in southern Italy, she wore a gorgeous custom made petal pink gown designed by Giambattista Vali.

Celebrity Wedding Gown in Purple{Photo course: Wedding Ideas Mag}

Of course, when Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese were married, no one expected them to have an ordinary wedding. Dita Von Teese made a stunning entrance in a beautiful purple taffeta gown that was designed by Vivienne Westwood, as she walked down the aisle of Gurteen Castle in Ireland.

Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne also made a stir when she wore a black gown while marrying Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger in Cannes, France.

Tips for Wearing a Coloured Wedding Dress

If you are considering wearing a coloured wedding dress, here are some helpful style tips:

Green Wedding Dress

{Photo source: Chic Vintage Brides}

  • When you are shopping, you don’t have to stick to the bridal boutiques. You can widen your search to the more affordable high street stores or online shops. You can check out the latest wedding dresses here to get your shopping started.
  • Consider your skin tone and the colours that would suit you best. Consult a stylist to figure out if you have warm or cool skin tones, then figure out which shades will compliment you.
  • If you are somewhat uneasy with the thought of wearing a bride shade, but you still want to add some colour, you can consider wearing a gown in a pale pastel shade such as light pink or blue.
  • Rather than an entirely coloured gown, you could choose a white gown with coloured embellishments such as embroidery, lace or gemstones.
  • For a luxurious look, why not go for accents of gold and silver?
  • If you find a design of a white wedding gown that you love, see if you can get the designer to make you a version in fabric of your preferred colour.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind so that you can make a bold impression with your coloured wedding gown.


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