Post # 1
I headed out wedding dress shopping last weekend and was psyched to find several I loved at the very first stop. We’re having a very casual outdoor wedding in a park, so I’m looking at tea-length bridesmaid dresses rather than formal long wedding dresses…something that will be somewhat sundressy. The boy will probably wear a light linen suit of some sort.
Here’s my dilemma, though: the store sells samples and they actually had one that fit perfectly—except that it’s blue! Now, I have no particular commitment to white versus any other color, but I’m wondering if a colored wedding dress is going to seem too strange to more conservative guests. (We’re already going super low-key and people attending know that, but that could be an argument for going either way on this—white to reinforce “this really is a wedding!” or blue because we’re already in alterna-wedding mode, so why not really mix it up!)
Just curious to hear feedback from others who have thought about colored dresses or other less formal looks. We won’t have a bridal party so no colors to match there, and are on a pretty tight budget, which is a vote in its favor. On the other hand, we could definitely swing the higher cost of ordering the dress if need be. The sample is light blue with a cream crepe trim so it’s still pretty light and summery….but I can order it in any color I like (silver, ivory, white, etc.) Just not sure it’s worth it at three times the price!
Post # 3
Well when you think of your wedding day, do you envision yourself in white/ivory/silver? If you just envision yourself in a beautiful dress, that you feel glam in! I say get the blue! I am always so fond, of unique dresses, colored or what not! I say get the blue, if saving money is more a priority!
You will look amazing either way!
Post # 4
i like untraditonal things therefore think blue is a cool idea.
Post # 5
I think blue is a lovely idea!! It is your wedding and you should pick what you love. I am sure your guests will like seeing a non-traditional wedding dress!
My dress is pink. As a color, it works best on my skin-tone and it doesn’t hurt that I love pink in the first place1
Post # 6
Sometimes, that’s just the kind of dress that speaks to you! Read this and look at this phenominal bride in a colored dress…
Post # 7
@laboroflove-i love that dress in the link you posted!
Post # 8
i think it just depends on what you want. i’m also having an informal, outdoor wedding and i’m wearing a short dress. i saw a light pink dress that i loved, but the more that i thought about it, i realized that i just really wanted an ivory dress for my wedding. that’s not to say a colored dress wouldn’t be awesome for someone else, it’s just not right for me.
Post # 9
Thanks all! I think I’m going to go back and try the blue on again and see how I’m feeling after mulling it over for a few days….they’re holding it for right now. But seems like it might be a fun way to go if I still like it as much then!
Post # 10
Well, it’s not that i don’t like blue dresses (it’s my favorite color!) but this is your big chance to wear white as a bride! I vote for not giving that up. Wear a blue headband or flower in your hair if you love it so much! But ultimately you have to feel beautiful and ‘bridal’ so if this dress makes you feel that way, go for it!!
Post # 11
I love colored wedding dresses! There was one particularly cool wedding (on green wedding shoes, I think) where the bride wore blue and the BMs wore white. So cute and such a fun take on things.
I say go with what expresses you best. People should look at your wedding dress and say, “Awww, it’s so beautiful and it’s so her”.
Post # 12
If you like the blue dress go for it. Nothing is written in stone that you have to wear white or ivory. It is your wedding day and I think you should wear whatever color you want to. Don’t worry about what others might think.
Post # 13
If you need support in numbers: I am also wearing a blue dress! It looks better on me than white or ivory, and i will cut it short and wear it again in the future.
As for what your guests will think: in my circles, it would raise no eyebrows. My last friend to get married wore a short red dress. But only you can judge how conservative your guest list is. I’m sure there are some peope in the world who would be taken aback, but I don’t know if you’ve invited any of them to your wedding. And keep in mind that not everyone who will be surprised will also be judgmental – they may decide they like it even if it wasn’t what they expected.
Post # 14
My wedding gown is a blush pink color. Never in my wildest of dreams have thought I would fall in love with a wedding dress in any other color then white! But when I tried on the dress sample I felt so beautiful. The sample was blush pink so I didn’t give it a second thought to order it in any other color.
Post # 15
Colored wedding dresses have been around since the dawn of time. It’s only been since the early 1900s (it took awhile to catch on after Queen Victoria introduced the color in the mid 1800s – as a symbol of wealth, not purity as many people don’t realize or care) that the white wedding dress has been in existence. In many cultures, white for a wedding dress is very taboo as it is a color for mourning. Blue has represented purity for several millenia. Red symbolizes love and passion, which is why it is common in Asian weddings. Don’t let anyone talk you out of your choice, whatever color you have decided on. If someone doesn’t like it, they can stay home and wear the color they prefer when it is their turn.
Post # 16
I agree- I think that different colors are making a comeback. I bought an Ian Stuart gown, if anyone has seen these gowns in person, they are very stunning… very haute couture to wear a color. Check out this video of some of them on the Milan runway, many dif colors…. some too over the top for me but most dreamy!
http://www.ianstuart-bride.com is the website- lots of blues and honey, pinks etc.