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Non-Traditional Wedding Dresses

Does your wedding checklist include the item “wedding dresses not white?” If so, you’re in luck. As unconventional wedding dresses grow in popularity, you have more beautiful choices than ever.

The practice of brides wearing white is relatively new (relative when you take all of human civilization into account, that is). In ancient Rome, brides wore long, yellow veils meant to invoke the light and warmth of a flame. Athenian brides wore light-red or violet robes. In China, before the seventh century, brides wore black robes with red trim.

Non white wedding dresses

In western cultures, before the mid-1800s, most brides wore any color other than white. There is a very practical reason for this choice of color. Every bride, even wealthy royalty, continued to wear their wedding dresses at other formal events (often women just wore their best dress on their wedding day), and white clothes are very difficult to keep clean (just ask every white shirt I’ve ever owned).

The white wedding trend took off after Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The British populace was captivated by the nuptials, and illustrations of the event were widely distributed. Although the Queen’s dress was cream colored (it’s on view in the Royal Collection), it became lodged in the public consciousness as white (the Queen even referred to it as “a white satin dress” in her journal).

As the trend of wearing white caught on, the idea of white representing innocence, purity, and perfection blossomed, as well. Soon the idea of a bride in white became so ubiquitous that it began to feel like a long-standing tradition.

Non traditional wedding dress colors

Today, however, many brides are choosing to eschew the color white because they wish to make a personal statement and prefer unique wedding dresses with color and want to wear one on their wedding day. That’s why most bridal shops offer a wide selection of non traditional wedding dresses with color varieties. Here are some of the most popular non white wedding dresses.

Ivory (off white)

Ivory has a yellowish hue that softens the color, but, yes, it’s basically white. Ivory makes the list, though, because it is one of the most popular wedding dress colors. In fact, many women who want a “traditional” wedding elect to wear an ivory dress because white washes them out, and ivory looks better with their skin tone.

Blue

If you want to check off “something blue” from your list in a big way, you can’t do much better than wearing an entirely blue dress. Blue is often associated with calm and peacefulness because the color evokes thoughts of still water. Blue can also connote joy and gladness, such as the bluebird, which many cultures believe brings happiness.

Yellow

Yellow is another color associated with happiness and positivity due to its connection to sunshine and bright days. Yellow is worn by those with an adventurous spirit and witty intelligence. Outgoing brides who love being the center of attention (not just on their wedding days) are ideally suited to this shade because all eyes are drawn to their semi formal wedding attire.

Champagne (light gold)

Champagne is a bright, vivid color. Picture something that’s darker than ivory but brighter than beige. Like authentic gold and pricy champagne, this color is associated with wealth and elegance. A champagne dress is often overlaid with lace or tulle to make the color pop. A champagne wedding dress complements most skin tones.

Purple

Once, due to the outrageous cost of the dye, only the extremely wealthy could afford purple fabric and clothes. The dye came from a small mollusk living in a tiny region of the Mediterranean Sea. More than 9,000 mollusks were necessary to produce one gram (approximately 0.04 ounces) of dye. Purple is still associated with power and royalty to this day. It’s the right choice of wedding dress color for someone hoping to present an air of tasteful opulence.

Green

Green is the color of spring, new growth, and fresh beginnings, which makes it an ideal color for a wedding. Like a tree growing in a forest, a green wedding dress symbolizes the bride’s desire to establish roots. The color is also elegant and slightly idiosyncratic, suitable for a bride who takes pride in her individuality.

Red

For many cultures, red is a traditional wedding color. However, historically, you would only see a red wedding dress at an American wedding if the bride were about to marry Beetlejuice. While that’s no longer true today, red remains a bold choice of wedding dress color because it is associated with strong positive emotions, such as love and passion, but also negative ones, like caution and danger (also 🛑🚦 “stop,” which is the polar opposite of “I do”). Still, for a bold and passionate bride, a red wedding dress makes a powerful statement.

Pink

Pink is playful and childlike, just like your unique wedding entertainment ideas. Traditionally associated with young girls, pink has matured without losing its lighthearted quality. It’s also a great choice for the groom’s and groomsmen’s ties and cummerbunds since the color is now gender neutral (a fact that predates millennial pink by decades, as any 1980’s preppy or vice cop will tell you).

Black

When it comes to edgy wedding dresses, there may be none edgier than selecting one in black. While some black wedding dresses are completely dark, many are only partially black. The remainder of the dress is typically a shade of white or grey. Regardless, it’s a striking choice because, while black is associated with funerals, it is also the color of elegant, formal events (i.e., black tie). For brides looking for a sophisticated, modern look, a black wedding dress may be the ideal solution.

Alternative wedding dresses

Jumpsuits

It turns out that some of the best “unusual wedding dresses” aren’t dresses at all. Once upon a time, if a disco ball was near, the fashion landscape was filled with sweaty herds of psychedelic colored, paisley designed, polyester jumpsuits. Gradually, these herds thinned, and their clothing became the mainstay of consignment store discount bins.

However, after enough time passed, fashion did what it always does, rescue and revitalize a forgotten style. No longer constructed of impermeable woven plastic, today’s designers create jumpsuits using natural fabrics.

As fun and fashionable wedding jumpsuits gain popularity, we inch closer to designer Geoffrey Beene’s 1980s prediction that “the jumpsuit is the ballgown of the next century.”

Suits

If jumpsuits aren’t your thing (or you just don’t want to deal with the bathroom struggle on your wedding day), then a bridal suit may be the answer. Simultaneously stylish and relaxed, you can find a wedding suit to fit any style, from wide-legged bohemian to thinly tapered modern.

Sheer dresses

Sheer wedding dresses are a growing trend for (very) confident brides. Whether you opt for an outfit with a few peek-a-boo panels or an almost completely transparent gown, these sexy, unconventional wedding dresses are sure to turn heads as you walk down the aisle.

If you like the idea of edgy wedding dresses but dislike the thought of your grandmothers and aunts critiquing your lingerie, consider an illusion wedding dress instead. These lacy gowns are constructed of fabric matching your skin tone and covered with a sheer top layer that provides (some) modesty while maintaining the raciness of a sheer dress.

Mini dress

A mini is any dress where the hem hits above the knee. Once taboo at formal events, today minis are extremely popular alternative wedding dresses. However, we understand if above the knee seems just a little too mini. Instead, consider a midi dress where the length lands anywhere from below the knee to mid-calf.

As styles evolve and non traditional wedding dresses become traditional, the most important factor becomes seeing the bride’s personality in their dress. At DFW Celebrations, we can’t wait to see your choice of wedding dress and look forward to hosting your event. To discover how we can help make your wedding wonderful, please contact us here and schedule a tour of our Dallas wedding venues.