Jessica Biel’s done it, Gwen Stefani’s done it, and even Marylin Monroe’s done it. We are, of course, talking about coloured wedding dresses. With the alternative wedding marching its way into mainstream, wedding dresses are becoming less about the white and lacy, and more about the bride inside. They are the perfect place to show off your trademark character, so if you’re not into white, why not splash some colour on your day.
Designers are getting behind this trend too, with Vera Wang serving up a colourful collection and a lot of designers slipping a couple of blush or grey numbers in, or a flash of black here and there.
Don’t forget, couture designers can tailor-make your gown in any colour under the sun. So get creative! Here’s my top five favourites… but the possibilities are endless!
I adore this Raven gown. Claire is well known for her intricate designs and floral embellishments, and I love the combination of layered dark-over-light fabrics and the addition of bright florals. A gorgeous way to incorporate florals into your dress.
Vera Wang’s Spring 2019 collection was a vision in technicolour. With layers of different tones twisting and cascading together, the dresses had all the vibrancy of a rainbow, with the elegance of a bride. I love the deep purple layers of this one.
How about a splash of colour over white? If you’re hankering after a traditional gown, but want a hit of a hue, Monique Lhuillier’s pretty Westwood gown has embroidered blooms winding round the bodice and down the skirt.
In a sweet amethyst shade, this long sleeve gown is so romantic, and such a sweet alternative to blush. The beaded bodice creates some sparkle, and the cathedral train adds drama. Gorgeous!
The wild card
Black wedding dresses can be sleek, chic and a fabulous alternative to traditional white. Contrast your white flowers against a black dress for a really dramatic look, like this Chantal Mallett creation. But take it one step further with a full sequin dress. You get all the black tie glamour with a sparkling surprise.