There are myriad factors that come into play when choosing your wedding gown—the dress silhouette, length, fabric… Oh my! So forgive us for throwing yet another consideration into the mix—we couldn’t help but wonder… Have you considered breaking the mold with a non-white gown?
Read on to see which other colors you can wear on your big day!
1. Nudes and Tans
The perfect in-between if you want to ditch all-white but prefer to keep with a classic neutral, a nude or tan dress will add just the right amount of warmth to your gown. When matched with your skin tone, these linings make your lace pop!
Pastel colors allow you to get the best of both worlds because you get to break away from white while wearing a hue that is just as soft and romantic (and technically, a pastel color is a tint which means it has white in it!).
Stephanie topped her romantic, peachy dress (Bellini) with sheer, laced long sleeves. Photo: Cupcakes Photography
If a summer sorbet and a wedding dress got married, this is what you would get. It’s a warmer take on the blush, with golden undertones that make it perfect for a midsummer wedding.
4. Blushing Bride
Maria glowed in her blush-tinted Anomalie design.
It’s the epitome of romance and charm. Become a blushing bride (quite literally!) in a blush dress with feminine accents for a result that is unapologetically princess-like. Celebrity brides such as Anna Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Biel have worn wedding dresses with pink tulle.
5. Vintage Rose
Reny’s gown in Vintage Rose has become a viral hit on Pinterest.
Vintage Rose is softer and more muted than it’s Blushing Bride counterpart, making it one of our most popular options!
6. Stone Grey
Anomalie bride, Sabina, designed her gown with a Stone Grey lining. Photo: Luis & Clarissa
This moody, yet sophisticated-chic option is perfect for fall/winter weddings. Because grey is a neutral, it pairs well with almost all florals and bridesmaids dresses.
7. Blue Belle
Anomalie Bride Octavia
First off, it’s your “something blue”—a clearly convenient aspect that’s impossible to ignore! But a light blue dress is also much more than that; it’s unexpected, collected, and awfully cool (like, winter-wedding-level cool).
Brittany went with a lovely lilac for her long-sleeved lace dress. Photo: Lenny & Melissa
Torn between blush and light blue? You might just be a lilac kind of gal. Infuse your wedding look with this refined tint and say yes to all the spring-forward vibes it brings.
Anomalie Bride Tarayn
This purple doesn’t skimp on elegance or charm. This richer shade walks the fine line of femme and bold and it’s ideal if you want to make a stronger statement with your gown. In addition, this color is perfect for a romantic, outdoor wedding!
This one is for the gals who have always walked on the path less traveled. Bold, black elements on a wedding gown definitely bring drama and demand attention. See more inspiration for black wedding dresses here.
Read below for answers to commonly-asked questions about colorful wedding dresses!
Which celebrity brides have worn black wedding dresses?
Black wedding dresses have become a popular choice for the daring bride. Avril Lavigne, Shenae Grimes, and Sarah Jessica Parker have all opted for black wedding dresses.
Get inspiration from their dresses, as well as black wedding dresses here.
How do I choose the right fabrics and laces for my color wedding dress?
The color of your wedding dress depends on the hue you desire. Colored lace on white tulle is also a possibility if you don’t wish to choose a fully colored gown.
Brides who want a more subtle pop of color should opt for shades such as blush, lilac, or light blue. Brides with a preference for a more extravagant color shade can choose black wedding dresses, colored laces on white, or even metallic laces!
Check out Anomalie’s fabric library and lace library, which has a variety of colored options available.
What wedding theme works for my colored wedding dress?
For more formal occasions, the silhouette of the gown plays a large role! Many brides can therefore choose any variety of colors. Brides with romantic wedding themes often choose blush pink for their wedding gowns. For more casual occasions, brides often choose short wedding dresses or more boho-style wedding dresses. Brides with beach weddings often choose pale blue dresses. On the other hand, brides with winter weddings may opt for light blue wedding dresses or stone grey wedding dresses.
How should I match my veil to my wedding dress?
Your veil should complement the shade of your wedding dress. Though you do not necessarily need an exact shade match, it is often easier to coordinate in this way. For example, brides with blush pink wedding dresses may choose a blush pink or white wedding veil. The embellishments and detailing of your dress should also match the veil you choose.
Etsy has a variety of colored wedding veils to choose from as well!
How should I ensure that wedding guests don’t wear a similar shade to my wedding dress?
Traditionally, the cardinal rule for wedding guests is not to wear white. If you are choosing a colorful shade, it will still be clear who the bride is, but taking note of a dress code may help make things less awkward and confusing for all parties. Whether you choose to leave a dress code in your wedding invitations or turn towards your bridal party for help in spreading the word about the correct dress code, both options will help alleviate any confusion.
Can I add colored long sleeves to my colorful wedding dress?
Yes! If you are looking for colorful long sleeves, you can check Etsy or ask the bridal boutique for alterations. Detachable colorful long sleeves are also an option. You can also directly go custom with Anomalie, an online wedding dress retailer who creates custom wedding dresses. Anomalie will help you create a colored wedding dress with colored long sleeves at one cost.
Where should I purchase a colored wedding dress?
There are several designers that create colorful wedding dresses, such as Monique Lhuillier, Hayley Paige, Maggie Sottero, and Lazaro. These gowns sell at various bridal boutiques and sell for several thousand dollars. At most wedding boutiques, dresses can start at $2,000 and reach a much higher price.
Brides wanting to spend below $1,000 on a short wedding dress should look towards David’s Bridal – David’s Bridal has a large selection of discounted short wedding gowns. Another option in the bridal market, BHLDN, is one of the few chain stores with dresses ranging between $800 and $2,000.
If you are a plus size bride unable to find the perfect colorful wedding dress with all of your favorite design elements, going custom may be the right choice for you! Anomalie is the #1 ranked online wedding retailer on WeddingWire. Read here for reviews from WeddingWire and learn more about the company’s size-inclusive process.
Pro-Stylist Tip: So what do you think? Are you ready to follow the colored-gown road? Talk to a Stylist today to see how to add color to your dress!
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