Coloured wedding dress dilema – how to make it look bridal?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Midnight sounds beautiful with your colouring and I think if you accessorize the dress and try to find a less evening gown and more bridal shape (it doesn’t have to be ballgown) you’ll be fine. It’s what you’ll feel beautiful in so that’s what matters.

Also, just a suggestion, but quite a few designers have come out with light blue wedding dresses. I know you were considering a darker dress, but it may be worthwile trying. 

Post # 3
1862 posts
Buzzing bee

Have you actually tried on any dresses? I could be wrong, but it sounds like you’re ruling out lots of options because they seem like they won’t work, not because you’ve actually tried them and you know they won’t.

There are lots of Bees who are teeny-tiny and look fabulous in ball gowns. Have you looked at informal wedding dress collections? You can get a quality wedding dress for around $400-$500 dollars from informal wedding dress collections like Voyage by Mori Lee or Venus Bridal. 

Anyway, a black wedding dress is a great idea. There was actually a trend around the late 1800s/early 1900s, I think, where brides wore black dresses with white veils. The look is actually very nice and bridal. Any color dress will look look plenty bridal as long as you have a good hairstyle, good accessories, and a pretty bouquet. A dress with a mermaid or trumpet silhouette will look very bridal as well. 

Post # 4
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

As a fellow pale pale person, I feel your dilemma. That being said, I think super pale brides look fabulous. It’s all how you look at it. Instead of “ill”, think “ethereal,” “English rose,” etc. In fact, I loved how I looked in white over ivory.

I ended up in a black dress, and I felt very bridal. Once you have the veil (which you can wear during the reception if you want!), the bouquet, etc. My dress was lace and I added a bolero with long lace sleeves. Lace, to me, made me “feel” bridal. I also had a train. (you can see pics on some of my other posts).

However, I do think, as a PP suggested, that you need to actually try some dresses on. You may look fab. Lots of short brides can pull off ballgowns, and brides with hips often look the best in form-fitted dresses! (Mermaids are made to show off hips!). You might be surprised by what you like.

If you are looking for a colored dress, check out Tadashi Shoji. He does a fair amount of lace, which may give you that bridal feel.


Post # 5
932 posts
Busy bee

Im constantly thinking this about me! I’m the same foundation shades but I’m blonde / blue eyes etc and I just look ridiculous in white /ivory etc. I’m tempted by blush though or a half coloured dress. 

I think black wedding dresses can look AMAZING, as well as Navy and Emerald green! You can wear whatever you want dress wise and maybe alter the wedding to fit you e.g more oscars / ballgown or cocktail party than white wedding style. You could even theme the wedding to be more hollywood glam than wedding. With a great hairstyle and accessories you will still stand out as the bride. 

 I would love to wear something like this at my wedding :


Post # 7
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think you need to go to a bridal salon and start trying on dresses. See what works and what doesn’t. Your figure sounds similar to mine, and I ended up getting an A-line. I didn’t think that’s what I was going to like at all, but short, curvier brides do not look good in mermaid, trumpet, ball gowns, or dropped waists. I found out you have to be tall for those styles regardless of body shape. As far as color goes, I have a few questions for you. What is the undertone of your skin? Is your skin tone warm or cool? They do have the right “white” to go with any skin tone. Are you dismissing white and thinking of a colored gown only because of your skin? Do you like the idea of a colored dress, or are you talking yourself into it? You need to keep your options open, go to a bridal salon, and try them on. You might be surprised and find a shade of white you like. And you said gown on a budget, but I have no idea what that means. For some brides, a cheap gown is $2,000, and for others, it’s $500. You can probably find a gown in any budget. If you want to go really cheap, you could get a really nice bridesmaids dress for around $250/300, and in the right color, no one would know. 

Post # 9
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

SavannahJ051212:  OMG I love the ones near the end with all the tiers and pinks and whites. They say wedding dress without being white for sure!

Post # 10
2106 posts
Buzzing bee


I think a color wedding dress can be very bridal and you can make it look even more so with the right accessories. Also I think doing an overly dramatic dress in a color will also make you stand out from any guests who might be wearing a similar shade.

I would however still encourage you try on Ivory or Blush (I agree I would not do white) wedding gowns. You won’t really know how it looks until you try some on, and even if you don’t like at least you know 100% you will have no regrets about it. You may even surprise yourself. And like a fellow bee said before knowing how to dress fair skin so it looks porcelain not pasty will give you a very ethereal look.


  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  llussier.
Post # 11
1377 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Black dresses can look very bridal – you’ll be the most eye catching person there! 😉 I think it would look gorgeous with the coloring you’ve described. 


What about these?

Post # 15
2038 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

You said red is one of your good colors. Red is very bridal, especially in India and China. I would go that direction, as you would stand out, for sure!

I didn’t think I could wear a white or ivory dress either. Once I put some on, I felt soooo pretty. There’s just something about it. Definitely give some bridal gowns a try, you might surprise yourself.

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