We all know about the tradition of brides wearing white. It’s said that before 1840 brides used to wear colors and their dress was often one they would wear again and again.
What happened in 1840? Queen Victoria got married. She wore white. Suddenly it was the trend.
It’s not 1840 anymore. And I’m pretty sure Queen Victoria won’t come back to yell at you for doing what feels right for you. White was an uncommon color to choose for a wedding dress when she chose it, but she didn't care.
There are cultural practices that can call for something beyond white too. Tradition doesn’t have to apply to what you wear though. Your wedding day is a celebration of you and the one you love. You should be comfortable. You should feel beautiful. You should feel free to show your own sense of style.
Of course off-white, antique white, eggshell, and champagne have been around as dress options for a while. They’re close to the color white but a little different. Some people will not even be able to tell the difference.
Below you’ll find some other colors to consider if you want to branch out even further. These can go with bridesmaid dresses in a darker tone or a complimentary color. As a bonus, these colors can photograph well with suits that are black, gray, or navy.
Often associated as being romantic and feminine, a soft pink can be a touch of color that brings a bit of warmth to your look. In general you can usually easily find a soft pink that looks good with your skin tone.
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Gold is regal. It can look ethereal or down-right fancy depending on the fabric/finish/texture you choose.
Maybe gold isn’t your style. A bit more on the trendy side currently, rose gold can combine the aforementioned soft pink and gold. Bronze or copper is another warm option. It’s a little more difficult to pair with a gray suit but copper looks great with brunette hair. If you favor cool tones, try silver.
Here’s a way to combine white with a color. A gradual change from either the top or the bottom along with a bit of texture can make for something that looks sophisticated and modern.
Opt for a simple bouquet (or none at all) and wear the flowers on your wedding dress. You can go with a subtle or bold design with a localized or an all-over print.
Follow Queen Victoria’s lead if you’d like, but remember – it’s not the only option. Choosing a wedding dress with some color could even lead you to a dress you'll wear again for an anniversary, party, fancy dinner, vow renewal or gala. And whether you wear it ten times or just once, you'll know when you put it on you're celebrating in a gown that makes you feel like your best you.
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