Post # 17
Actually, white might be considered the “biblical” color now, but it originally started out as a popular trend after Queen Victoria wore white for her wedding. Up until then, white wasn’t a common color (especially outside of nobility). I would say blue is more biblical since it is the color often given the Virgin Mary.
However, I didn’t pick out a blue dress for religious reasons. I just really like the color. And anyway it’s all just symbolism.
I’d say go for it for the red reception dress.
Post # 18
@Foolhardy, that is correct. If anyone wanted to flaunt their virginity, blue was the color to do so with. Red throughout history has always symbolized love and passion, which is why it is so common in other countries for the bride’s dress.
White is very new since the days of Queen Victoria and was introduced as a color to symbolize wealth, no matter what anyone else may try to tell you along the way. The average person could not afford a white dress or anything that would not be practical for everyday wear. That is why colored dresses were so common, because they would either be something that the bride already owned or that would become part of her everyday wardrobe. In the cultures that embrace a red wedding dress, white is typically considered symbolic of death and mourning, and thus not worn.
But considering that you only get to wear the dress a few hours out of a single day in your life, and as expensive as they are, a separate wedding dress for the reception does not make alot of sense, especially with the economy the way it is now and couples being so budget conscious. Plus the fact that most brides say they wish they could wear their dress as long as possible instead of changing out of it at any time during the festivities.
Post # 19
I wanted to wear a colored one but I caved to the pressure because I simply ran out of time. It seemed like there were so many more varieties in ivory/white.
I think, though, if you were looking for a colored dress, you could go for a bridesmaid dress — the highest end Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are substantially cheaper for the quality you would get for something called a “wedding dress.” I don’t know your style, but other options are those beautiful quincenera dresses (sorry if I misspelled) or a ball-gown or cocktail dress.
It’ll be hard to convince the ladies in shops who want you to “look like a bride” to pull something colored out for you … so just don’t tell them what it’s for 🙂
oh, also think about if you want a veil and in what color since that could change the look a lot
Post # 20
Great responses everyone! And you are right on about the white dress history. I had many reasons why I chose red, including that I look terrible in light colors and it didn’t fit my personality. FH actually specifically requested that I don’t wear white becuase he hates white too (there’s more than one reason I love him!)
To the girls out there considering the colroed dresses don’t forget about custom made dresses from ebay or etsy! My dress was $300 with free shipping, TONS of gorgeous embroidery and its heavy nice satin with a chapel length train! You aren’t limited to bridesmaid and prom gowns! i know its scary to try to imagine buying a dress that you’ve never seen but its sooooo worth it! I went and tried on gowns to see what looked good on me but I hated the look of the white and never had any of those “moments”. The day I got my dress I cried, and when I tried it on I was speechless. So. Worth. It. I recommend jeffliu8000 on ebay. Someday I’ll figure out why I can’t post my pics lol…but my dress is awesome!
Oh here, check out my blog post on offbeat bride-its the dress and ebay buying experience documented with tons of pics!
Post # 21
You can also get a dress custom made to your liking by a local seamstress inexpensively. You don’t have to pay shipping that way and you get to try it on in person before the final product is finished to make sure that it fits just right.
Post # 22
While I contemplaited a colored dress — something that would have made my mum super happy actually, as she (not so) secretly was hoping I’d go for a colored dress heh, it had been her own dream to get married in a colored dress but my granny was against that and since she was the one to sew the dress it was a no-go.. and mum in the end decided to get married in a mini-dress instead hah! — but in the end fell in love with an ivory dress instead. I have seen some awesome colored dresses out there though and secretly admire and envy those girls who opted for a non-traditional dress 🙂 I think I just wasn’t daring enough! I am sure you’ll look most stunning in your red dress! I hope you’ll be able to post pics of it some time – I would love to see 🙂
Post # 23
A friend of mine wore a light gold wedding dress and it looked amazing! Personally though my skin tone is complemented more by an ivory dress so that’s what I went with.
Post # 24
I agree with blue and red being biblical colors! I tried that!!! lol. Oh well…The red reception dress I like is less than $200 on Ebay so its not a budget-buster…. This isnt the one but its a similar one…
Post # 25
kimmyray: Have you bought it yet? That exact dress (well, its a knock off I’m sure) is on Ebay (same model in the picture and everything) for under 200.00 and you can it altered locally… Save some dough….Just search red wedding dress…
I bought mine online and I am thrilled with it…
Post # 26
I seriously seriously considered red and I really had a hard time deciding but in the end I went for white. I decided I’d rather regret wearing red than regret wearing white. Plus my Mum is one of the most supportive people I know. She’s very conservative and I am not in anyway but she’s never flinched through all our wacky ideas or even through the choices I’ve made in my life, she’s just been there so I thought, even though she really seemed fine with a red dress, I knew she wanted me to wear white so I decided to go for it for her as well!
Post # 27
My dress is blush pink. I love it! I always wanted to wear a colored dress.
Shot of the dress on the model:
Me in the dress (taken sneakily with a cell phone cam)
Post # 28
Is that a convertible, colored dress? What a great idea! Where is it from?
Post # 29
Yes it is!! It’s a Martina Liana dress. She has a few convertable dresses! They’re all gorgeous.
Post # 30
Ah! I saw you post this convertible dress in another thread and I LOVE the idea of it. Did you always know that was what you were looking for or did you stumble on it? Are there a lot of options out there for convertible dresses (obviously, you probably only know if you were looking for one and did some research first…)
It looks great on you! Love it!
Post # 31
I chose “other” because I am not sure what I’ll end up doing. I originally set out to ABSOLUTELY find and wear a pale blue dress. I look good in that color and I’d read that it was traditionally Irish to wear blue to marry so I liked that as well. Besides, I’ve never been a fan of white or any variations. In the past I’d fantasized about purple, red, and green dresses but then settled on pale blue because it would feel “bridal” to me without being white.
Then I started looking and got very frustrated VERY quickly. Nothing matched my dreams of “bridal” AND blue.
So I started thinking I could embrace white IF there was a lot of gorgeous lace involved. Now, I have actually found a dress (found online anyway) that is shown in pink, but comes in an option of French Blue with white lace. It has a lot of the features I was hoping for (except it’s strapless which I do NOT like but can alter or modify)… and I think it would be gorgeous in blue/white. I am just trying to find it local to try on which is proving very difficult.
I did want to say, for those considering red, black, pink… check out designer Sherri Hill. She makes some OMG lovely luscious dresses marketed as “prom” but just way beyond that and drool-worthy, but reasonably priced.
I will add pics to make my point (the first ones are Sherri Hill, the last one is the one I hope to get with blue instead of pink taffeta):