(Closed) Response to a CNN article: Brides buck tradition and ditch the white dress

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Traditional or non traditional with your wedding dress?
    Traditional white or ivory : (80 votes)
    62 %
    Traditional white or ivory with a splash of color : (16 votes)
    12 %
    Non traditional dress in white/off white/ ivory champaign etc : (22 votes)
    17 %
    Color with some traditional accents (like a veil, etc) : (4 votes)
    3 %
    Color with little to no traditional accents : (5 votes)
    4 %
    Other to explain : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    When I first started looking at wedding dresses on TheKnot, I came across this and really was considering going with a colored dress. Not necessarily this exact one, but this is the one that put the idea in my head.


    But I ended up going with a mermaid-style dress in the white-family of colors. I didn’t want to regret my choice in a couple years and wish I had just gotten a white dress. And I wanted my pictures to look like a wedding and not prom, which I feared a colored dress might do.

    Post # 4
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I definitely incorporated colour into my wedding day look. But I wanted to have a white dress!

    My dress was modern (traditional in shape but not in style) but then I added my personality with my hot pink crinoline and shoes.

    More and more brides are incorporating colour into their wedding day outfit (shoes etc.) and so I can see where the article is coming from.

    Post # 5
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would personally not go for a full fledged colored gown but I definitely plan to incorporate come color into my wedding day attire. For instance, I’ve been on the hunt for burnt orange shoes but can’t seem to find any that I absolutely love. 

    @FMM: I LOVE the pink crinoline! 

    Post # 7
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @UpstateCait: Thanks!

    Post # 8
    2829 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I actually haven’t decided if I am going to go with a’traditional’ white colour family dress, I am as pale as a ghost, so white, ivory etc etc etc doesn’t really compliment me in any way (except for making me look like a cadaver).

    I’m not sure I would be ‘brave’ enough to wear a fully coloured dress, but I have definitely considered it, and I’ve also considered a coloured crinoline. But again, no decisons made here yet, as I really cannot wrap my head around what it is I want.

    Post # 9
    1267 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve been thinking of a light lavendar or a very pale blue.  I am so pale, with red hair and blue eyes and I think a color would be so much prettier on me!  Plus, I’ve already done the big poofy white dress (hello 1997!) for my first wedding and would like this one to reflect who I am NOW.

    Post # 11
    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m really tempted to go with a colored gown (and/or a shorter one), but the fact of the matter is I am LAZY and there are way more full-length white dresses out there and I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised with how a lot of them look on me.

    I’ve been to 3 (if I am counting right) weddings where the bride did not wear white… I thought it was pretty awesome. 

    Post # 12
    3254 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I really like the idea of a white or ivory dress on my wedding day, but that’s just my opinion. I think anyone daring enough to pull off the colored gown should go for it! 🙂 To each her own!!

    Post # 13
    1235 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    For me, I think that there is only one day in my life that I can wear a white ball gown. I am sticking to tradition on this! I wore pretty colored dresses to prom and on my wedding day I am wearing white! Now, that isn’t to say I am not adding color in places. Teal shoes for sure. Maybe teal crinoline. I don’t see a problem with colored dresses. They just aren’t for me. (although I am planning on wearing diamond white rather than white white.) Something I think the article either failed to understand or mention in that red dresses have always been around. Pagan brides wear red. You are just now starting to see more and more formal bridal dresses in red because why can’t they have gorgeous dresses too?

    Post # 14
    7052 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I love your crinoline FMM!  Beautiful pic!

    While I’m a southern and very traditional gal, I was also an encore bride as well as a beach bride thus, I chose a white short dress, one shouldered with lots of crystals on it!

    So, I was somewhat kinda traditional, yet had a blast and was able to dance in my dress, say my vows on the beach to my Darling Husband and not sweat my butt off, and have my dress flowing in the wind!  Perfect for a summer beach wedding 🙂

    You do what makes you feel beautiful!  Also, not every bride looks their best in the traditional bridal white.  You need to pick what suits you and your complexion best.

    My other lifelong bff wore back in 1996 a gorgeous custom designed gown by Pat Kerr Tigrett in a light rum pink and WE, the bm’s wore white ball gowns with a rum pink train on the back.  It was the talk of our town (Memphis) that year and def the wedding of the year.

    Post # 15
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Is that OBB Ariel that they mention at the beginning of the article?

    Post # 16
    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Yes, it is Ariel from Offbeat Bride.

    As you can see from my avatar, I didn’t go traditional at all.  I got a Wai-ching dress.  I’ve always known that I would feel ridiculous in a white gown.  I don’t really think it’s a matter of if I’ll regret it or not.  Most wedding pictures will look dated in 20 years…just look at pics from the 70s and 80s.  THat’s part of the fun of it.  It will be fun to look back and remember how much I loved the dress.  And who knows, maybe I’ll show my future kids the pictures in 10 years and they’ll get a kick out of how weird mom was for not wearing white. 

    The topic ‘Response to a CNN article: Brides buck tradition and ditch the white dress’ is closed to new replies.

    Find Amazing Vendors