Color Wedding Dresses For Tasteful Accents

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If you feel that opting for color wedding dresses on your special day is going to make you stand out and feel beautiful, then go for it! 

This is the chance of your lifetime to make your wedding fantasy become a reality.  If you prefer something other than white, you can explore a variety of ways to put color into play for your dream-come-true dress.

The tradition of the white or ivory wedding gown really doesn't date back that far.  Throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance years, most gowns were blue, worn to symbolize the bride's purity of body and soul.  The first time a white wedding gown was worn was the doleful 1558 marriage of Mary Queen of Scots, age 17, to 15-year-old Francis II of France.  White was the color of mourning in those days, and she wore it to demonstrate her displeasure in the choice of her groom.

It was not until 1840 when white again graced a queen on her wedding day.  Twenty-year-old Queen Victoria wore it to coordinate with lace trimmings that she wanted to showcase for the occasion, and after that, with young ladies of fashion throughout England and America avidly copying the popular queen, white became the color de rigueur that we recognize today.   

There is no reason to stick with white if you prefer something else.

Many women have skin tones that just don't look well with it.  Wearing ecru, oyster, or some other off-white shade has become associated with admission of one's sexual experience, but in this day and age it does not necessarily hold true. Any color from white through to black can be your choice. It is more important that you like it and that it a color that’s suit you.  

So your first step to color wedding dresses is to consider what shades of color rank high among your personal preferences-and then which of them look well with your skin and hair colors.  You'll hear lots of talk about warm or cool skin tones, but here's a better way to decide:  Before you even try on anything, visit a fabric store with a friend or relative and hold up lengths of your favorite colors across your shoulders.  Look in the mirror and ask your companions: What colors look best on you? 

Next, you should keep in mind that each season of the year carries its own distinctive colorations.  To wear wedding dresses with color against those seasonal palettes might convey an uncomfortable feeling that you just lack fashion sense...for instance, you rarely see light, fluttery yellow in deep December.

  Here's our take on seasonal color selections:
  • Spring: Go for pastels, such as pale lemon, aqua, soft pink, mint green.

  • Summer: Bolder colors match the Sun's strength in the sky. Take your cues from, lavender, sky blue to turquoise, chartreuse, lime green, coral, apricot, or periwinkle.

  • Autumn: As the year cools down you will see gold, russet, orange, and varying brown shades from buff to chocolate. Expect anything that coordinates with autumn flowers, from marigold yellow to crushed berries or flushed crimson, to violet and cyan.

  • Winter: At this time of the year you will choose for color wedding dresses deep maroon or burgundy, emerald or forest greens, royal blue or purple shades, deep coffee colors, and gold or mustard tones strong enough to stand up to the weather.

Would you prefer to wear some color wedding dresses without overdoing it? Many women decide to stay with a white or off-white gown but utilize colorful accents. There are many ways to incorporate them:

Some dresses with added color using embroidery, lace and fabric.

  • Accent your white gown with colorful lace or satin edging.

  • Use beads or sequins for glittering, colorful touches.

  • Embroidery provides graceful emphasis against a white background. Gold embroidery on ivory perhaps on a v neck, the sash or the hem of the gown

  • Wear a white gown but employ panel inserts of your chosen color. They are popular descending from the back of the gown and rendering the train, or as panels that flow down from the bodice or waist on the front of the dress.

  • Wear a white gown, but overlay it with pale colorful chiffon or lace.

  • Lay translucent lace of dark color over a lighter-hued gown.

  • Use flowers to carry out the color accents you've incorporated into your gown.

  • Black offers interesting alternatives, ranging from Gothic to sophisticated. Wear a gown that's primarily black, with white accents, in cooler seasons. When the year is warmer, try a white or light-colored gown with black accents.

Any of these ideas about color wedding dresses can be inverted to suite your tastes.

How about a red satin dress with white lace emphasis and a white petticoat peeking out beneath it? Or wear a white gown, but with ribbons or a sash to display the colors of your cultural background.

As a bride in the second decade of the Twenty-First Century, just remember that you can do whatever you want. You don't have to be royalty to have your way!

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Use color wedding dresses to make your own statement... and you will feel like a queen on your wedding day.

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