Do I need to wear a White Wedding Dress?
The answer is NO! Tradition mandated that a wedding dress be white for purity and innocence. In the mid-90’s a revolution occurred in wedding dress colors where the manufacturers’ went against tradition and more with color draping which showed that white and silver are the two most difficult colors for the majority of women to wear.
When I got married, I broke tradition and I wore an ivory wedding dress. My mom was furious because back then, ivory was only worn for second marriages. We called it “refrigerator white” because it was so bright and blinding. Well, I am fair and when I tried on the white gowns, I looked so washed out and I would have to wear a lot of makeup which I don’t normally wear.
The modern Bride today is very fortunate to have a wide variety of color choices. Colors play an important role in the style of the wedding dress. Today, there are dresses in the line that are offered in white but minimal. Majority will be in ivory or different shades.
There are several factors to consider:
Remember that there is no longer “right” or “wrong”. I have brides who have a family already and want to wear white because they always dreamed of wearing white on their wedding day.
Have FUN while shopping for your wedding dress. Be open to try on different colors and different silhouettes to determine what is best for your figure shape and your complexion.