That’s today’s most pertinent bridal question, thanks to a host of celebrities suddenly walking down the aisle in – shock horror! – non white dresses. The latest is American reality TV star Adriana de Moura who married this weekend in a dove grey embellished gown. (The bridesmaids were in white).
You might not have heard of Adriana (we hadn’t either but FYI she’s from The Real Housewives of Miami show) but her non-white wedding gown falls hot on the heels of 90210 star Shenae Grimes who chose a black Vera Wang creation for her wedding only last week. Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway also bucked tradition with their pink gowns last year and the trend’s even been taken up by the hippest of hip, movie director Sofia Coppola who chose a lilac Alaia dress for her French nuptials.
Oscar de la Renta pastel wedding dresses
Turns out these celebrity examples are representative of what us normal, civilian-brides if you like, are doing too. According to a recent survey, more than a quarter of young brides would not get married in white – with one in ten opting for a red wedding dress. Pink was the next most popular option and four per cent said they were choosing a blue wedding dress.
It’s perhaps why designers too are moving away from showing all-white collections of bridalwear on the catwalk. Vera Wang’s latest wedding show had touches of monochrome throughout – and experimented with fabrics as “un-wedding-like” as leather.
Vera Wang monochrome wedding dresses
OK, so 85% of brides would and will still get married in white but I reckon it’s refreshing to see and read about at least some people bucking the trend. As women are starting to get married later, it feels like brides have more financial control and more confidence to do what they want – and do something different. The plethora of “alternative” bridal blogs and Pinterest has helped democratize the wedding planning process, too. And that’s got to be a good thing. Whether it’s choosing a coloured wedding dress or, aka Keira Knightley shunning big numbers for your big day, it’s nice to witness this Bridechilla movement. Saying that, I think I’m still opting to wear white on my big day because it’s the only day you can get away with a long white number unless you have a lifetime of red carpets to walk in Cannes, right? But sugared almond favours at every table? Forget about it!