Wedding trends come and go, and recent years have seen plenty of shifts in different types of weddings. There has been a resurgence of barn and rustic weddings, with burlap and lace adorning nearly every surface while southern cocktails are served in mason jars. Coffee and mimosa bars have shown up on every Pinterest page for the increasingly-popular brunch wedding that’s seemed to take off for those wanting a more intimate gathering. Cake has been replaced by self-serve candy stations, individual pies, and popcorn bars.
With more couples opting to make their weddings a creative reflection of themselves, is there any such thing as a “traditional” wedding anymore?
Getting cake smashed in your face and trying to blindly toss a bunch of flowers over your shoulder can seem like such silly things to do when you could be dancing and otherwise enjoying one of the biggest parties of your life. That being said, most never dream of breaking one cardinal rule: wearing white on your wedding day.
Although it’s been a bit slower to take hold, there has been an increasing shift away from strictly white weddings. Brides today embrace color. Celebrities have always been known for bucking tradition, and many notable stars have ditched the white lace in favor of something a little more exciting.
Shades of pink have been a popular choice for celebs, including Gwen Stefani’s ombre dress, Reese Witherspoon’s soft blush, and Jessica Biel’s pretty pink ball gown worn to tie the knot with Justin Timberlake.
Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton in a sunny yellow, and who could forget Dita Von Tesse’s deep purple gown or Sarah Jessica Parker’s show stopping black wedding dress
Many designers have also been showcasing colored wedding dresses on the runways, including
Vera Wang (who released an entire line of pink-hued dresses for Fall 2014), Oscar de la Renta, and Monique Lhuillier. We all know runway trends don’t necessarily translate well into the “real world,” but both Zac Posen and Vera Wang have colorful options in their collections at David’s Bridal that are very wearable (and affordable) for the everyday woman.
If you want to add some color to your wedding look, but aren’t ready to make your dress your “something blue,” there are options to incorporate color in striking ways that still fall in line with tradition. Many bridal stores, like Anya Bridal, offer dresses with colored sashes that can match your bridesmaid’s dresses or wedding color palette, as well as gowns with colorful accents and details.
Wedding fashion, just like the rest of the fashion world, will always see trends come and go, and then come back again. It’s safe to say that white will likely always be the dominant wedding dress color for many brides, but colorful dress may continue to rise in popularity over the next couple of years. Whether you just dip your toes into the water or embrace the trend fully is up to you, but women looking to add some color on their special day will soon find more retailers stocking dresses and accents of every shade.