(Closed) I hate white wedding dresses!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1925 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m wearing an ivory dress, but I’ve loved looking at dreses that are other light colors–have you considered blush (the color, not the makeup)?  I’ve seen some beautiful dresses in that color!  Gray would also be nice.  But yeah, try to stay with the lighter shades, since your Fiance probably wants to see you in something resembling white 🙂

Post # 7
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@TwoCityBride:  My dress is “oyster”. Its champagne/blush in most lighting. Sometimes it looks a little gold or ivory. It only looks white if you take pictures with flash. Its La Sposa’s Fanal. La Sposa and Pronovias make a lot of dresses this color that aren’t white, but will probably be bridal enough for your mother. There are also quite a few white dresses out there with black details. I just googled “white wedding dresses with black” and got a ton of images: http://www.google.com/search?q=white+wedding+dress+with+black&hl=en&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS445US445&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=IKlbT6ftK8GugQf4rOGhCw&ved=0CGsQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=643

Post # 8
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@TwoCityBride:  Your welcome.  If I had stumbled across Wai Ching before I had purchased my (suprisingly very traditional) dress, I would of been so tempted by these

Post # 11
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What about blush pink, ice blue, or tea green?  All of these colors are light enough that they still read as “bridal,” but they are also definitely not white.

Pink:  http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/spinoff-pink-dress-brides

Blue:  http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/has-anyone-out-there-shunned-the-white-dress

Green (also check out the rest of the slide show): 

Post # 12
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@TwoCityBride:  Thanks! There are also a lot of lace dresses out there where the top layer is white, but the bottom layer is champagne.

Post # 13
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Oooh I love the look of non-white VW dresses, but they weren’t for me.  Post pictures of what you try on when you go!

Post # 14
1348 posts
Bumble bee

If you don’t want a white dress you can look at the formal sections of high end department stores- Bloomingdales, Barneys, Saks, and Neiman Marcus- goregous designer dresses that run in the same range (sometimes cheaper) as wedding gowns.


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Post # 15
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m not married yet, so I can’t speak for myself, and I’ll likely opt for a white dress (though probably something cheaper, simpler, and more modest, at least from the waist up, than most of what’s available on your average bridal/formalwear rack). Having said that, my mom got married in a nonwhite dress in 2001 when she married my now stepdad. She wore a blue denim dress with a floral neckline. Stepdad wore what looked like brand new blue jeans, a burgundy open-collared shirt, a brown blazer, and cowboy boots. The color scheme for the wedding was burgundy red and denim blue if that tells you anything.

Have you picked out your color scheme yet? If so, have you considered looking into seeing about a dress in one of your scheme colors as another possible alternative to white? (Besides, if I remember correctly, Queen Victoria was the one that started the white tend, but up until then, the bride basically just wore her best dress.)

As I have been typing this, I just now came up with an idea. The color scheme I’ve got in mind for my wedding is pink and dark blue (mine and FI’s respective favorite colors). I’m thinking that if worse comes to worse and I can’t find a white dress that I like and is feasible to buy or have made, I might wear a dark blue “formal” one that I have that I’ve worn twice (once as a Halloween costume and another time a little over a week later when my mom and stepdad–whom I still technically live with–were out of town and I had Fiance over for dinner), but since it’s a bit long for me to move around in in flats or less (ie reaches the floor which could cause me to trip), I’d probably need to either wear some heels or platforms or arrange to have it hemmed to wear it reaches my ankles at most.

Post # 16
2949 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@TwoCityBride:  I’m not married or engaged (my SO and I are still in the process of saving for my ring and his watch) but I feel the same as you. I honestly cannot stomach the thought of wearing a white dress – and frankly everytime I envision giving into traditional expectation of what bridal is and what a bride should look like by wearing white, ivory, etc. I want to cry. My mother wants me in something traditional but I’m slowly wearing her down and my SO loves the idea of me in a black lace dress.

Since you described yourself as “the Woman in Black”, have you thought about getting a dress with black lace on top and a different coloured fabric underneath so it’s not completely black? Otherwise, as the other Bees have mentioned, there is a wide spectrum of other colours and choices. I definitely second Offbeat Bride as a great inspiration for coloured gowns. And if you search WB for coloured or non-white gowns, a lot of relevant threads will pop up with the pics of the Bees who did not wear white.

And if you do end up going to Vera Wang and get to take pics of you trying on the nude/tan dresses, please please post them as I would love to see real life pics of them

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