White is recognized as the traditional colour of wedding dresses. However, in recent times a new trend has been emerging: coloured wedding dresses! From red to orange to rainbow to black (yes, black!!), modern day brides are transforming the bridal scene. Well known designer Vera Wang even released a bridal collection in 2011 of predominantly black wedding gowns. Her 2014 collection also includes shades such as pink and coral. This new trend is sure to have traditionalists shaking in their graves.
As one author notes, a black wedding gown is quite a statement for brides who are not traditional. This same author provides some tips to brides who want to join this latest fad: avoid long sleeves, choose something close fitting and equip the dress with simple, yet elegant jewellery. Below are some of the black wedding dresses making waves around the world.
While black may be the hottest wedding dress hue at the moment, non traditional brides are choosing other colours to wear on their wedding day. Chrysten Cloud-Forrest chose beige on her wedding day and her mother was less than thrilled about her choice. She noted that her guests reacted positively to her non traditional choice but she did acknowledge that it is unlikely anyone would question the bride to her face about her choice of gown on her wedding day! Another bride who chose to wear a non traditional colour (red) as her wedding gown noted that she cannot remember that there were too many looks of surprise when she arrived in her red gown. Some of the comments from guests who attended weddings where the bride wore non traditional colours include:
I went to a wedding a few years ago – a couple in their late 30s/early 40s, first marriage for both – where the bride wore a spectacular emerald green dress. Everyone was surprised, but it was gorgeous and expressed her personality. – Virginia Postrel
I love wedding dresses in non-traditional colours. As long as they are glamorous! I can’t stand wedding dresses that are so minimalist and sleek they just look like any other dress. If you’re going to be a bride you should at least stand out from your guests and look like a bride! – chillax •
Everyone to their own but black brings such a dark energy to the photos & looks like the person is in mourning going to a funeral. I’m dumbfounded how brides can find it attractive when it doesn’t display the character or lines of the dress. The whole point of white was to celebrate a new beginning with a fresh & clean start but black gives the impression of hiding the dirt or stains in the dress & personal life! – Matthew
Below are some pictures of some uniquely coloured wedding gowns:
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