17 June 2010
Posted in WEDDING IDEAS
When we think of bridal wear in the West, we tend to think immediately of white, ivory and champagne, cool, creamy colours traditional for wedding wear. Nowadays however many brides are going for bolder, brighter shades for their wedding day, expressing their individuality like never before. So what way will you go?
White became the “traditional” colour for wedding dresses relatively recently. It all started when Queen Victoria got married to Albert in white, creating a trend amongst the nobility which, in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, soon became accessible to everyday people as well. It caught on as a fashion, and became a tradition because of the association with purity and virginity.
Previous to this, brides could get married in any colour, and in general they chose their best Sunday dress as most could not afford to spend money on an outfit to be worn just once. Some colours were, however, considered luckier than others according to this old rhyme:
“Married in white, you will have chosen all right. Married in grey, you will go far away. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. Married in green, ashamed to be seen. Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow. Married in brown, you’ll live out of town. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.”
Nowadays many brides refuse to let tradition or superstition get in the way of them expressing themselves to the max at their wedding, and if this means wearing a colourful dress then why not? Depending on your personality and what you want from your wedding day, you might choose different colours:
If you are a romantic... Then pastel shades will likely suit you. These are also the closest to the traditional white or ivory, meaning you still get that princess bride look. Try pale pink, lilac or lemon for a feminine, flirty look.
If you are feisty... Then bright, bold colours are perfect for your wedding dress! Bright scarlet is one of the most popular, and other options include hot pink, yellow and blue.
If you are quirky... Then surprise people with a completely unexpected colour such as green for an eco wedding, violet like Dita Von-Teese or even black if you are feeling super bold!
If you are classic... Then you might well go for white or ivory, but if you do feel you want to incorporate a bit of colour in your wedding outfit, the key word is “accessorise”! Sashes, shoes, fascinators, gloves or crinolines in bright colours will add colour while allowing you to maintain a clean, classic look.
Whatever you go for, be it something colourful or something more traditional, you will look beautiful, and the important thing is that it reflects who you really are. Happy dress hunting!