Would You Wear a Red (or Pink or Yellow) Wedding Dress? Too Daring or Just Right?

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Bold Use Of Color In Wedding Dresses

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Jill Case
Online Editor, Sew Daily
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Once upon a perfect night, unclouded and still, there came the face of a pale and beautiful lady. The tresses of her hair reached out to make the constellations, and the dewy vapours of her gown fell soft upon the land.
– Kit Williams


I am quite happy with my wedding dress, I blogged about it here. But, I still love looking at wedding dresses and think what I would do differently if I were to have/want that experience again.

I love looking at the different color trends of wedding dresses. I think it takes a certain kind of woman to choose a dress color beyond white and off-white. Vera Wang is well known for her show stopping wedding dresses, every year she interprets the wedding gown in beautiful ways. I like how she gives us a look at interesting colors beyond the white colorway.

Here is a red wedding gown which, I think would look amazing in a fall or winter wedding.

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 Again, Vera Wang. She gives us the opposite on the white color spectrum black, browns and greys.
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                                                                                                             I love the soft mauve color.

                                                                                                            This is from Ian Stuart.

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Look at this lovely shade of yellow.
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Wedding dresses from other cultures and countries are rarely white. Pakastani and Indian wedding garments are know for their vibrant displays of color.

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 So what about you? What was your wedding dress like? Would you ever think of using another color than white or off-white? Would you sew and design your own wedding dress? Let me know at the Sew Daily Blog!

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16 thoughts on “Would You Wear a Red (or Pink or Yellow) Wedding Dress? Too Daring or Just Right?

  1. My great-grandmother married in white or off-white in 1917, but my grandmother married in burgundy velvet in the 1930’s. I chose ivory in 1986, sewing it myself from a combination of 3 patterns. I did look at several beautiful RTW gowns available in ice pink and ice blue at the time. You have to strike a balance of what suits you, what suits your groom, and what suits your family and style.

  2. I was married in 1982 and wore an apricot and antique white “GunnySax” dress. It was a sales sample and I paid $25.00 for it. I just wanted something comfortable, flattering, and inexpensive – and the wedding was just 6 weeks away. Did not matter that it was not white.

    They also had a really pretty off-white dress was too small. Even though my Matron of Honor was (is) a tailor, more than capable of making the adjustments needed……… I opted to not put her through that stress.

  3. I was married in 1982 and wore an apricot and antique white “GunnySax” dress. It was a sales sample and I paid $25.00 for it. I just wanted something comfortable, flattering, and inexpensive – and the wedding was just 6 weeks away. Did not matter that it was not white.

    They also had a really pretty off-white dress was too small. Even though my Matron of Honor was (is) a tailor, more than capable of making the adjustments needed……… I opted to not put her through that stress.

  4. My wedding dress was a dark blue velvet, with a quilted and laced bodice beaded in pearls and gold and red beads. The sleeves were ivory crepe. I had a cap that matched the bodice and matching jewelry.

  5. My wedding dress was a dark blue velvet, with a quilted and laced bodice beaded in pearls and gold and red beads. The sleeves were ivory crepe. I had a cap that matched the bodice and matching jewelry.

  6. I would never even think of getting married again. But if I did, I wouldn’t wear a white wedding dress – I think that that old tradition has got to go. It dates back to the days when a bride was supposed to be a virgin, and, worse yet, she was owned by her father, who gave her or sold her to the groom. That’s not very relevant in this day and age.

  7. I made my dress for my wedding of over 27 years ago. It was made of turquoise satin under dress with a full skirt and sundress type top, and an ivory organza over dress with long sleeves, lots of buttons on the sleeves and down the back and a lace collar.
    instead of a veil, I wore a large hat with fabric from the dress making the band and cascading ribbon behind. My maid of honor chose a beautiful purple and turquoise print in a lovely shirt waist dress and we made ties to match for the groom and his best man.

  8. I made my dress for my wedding of over 27 years ago. It was made of turquoise satin under dress with a full skirt and sundress type top, and an ivory organza over dress with long sleeves, lots of buttons on the sleeves and down the back and a lace collar.
    instead of a veil, I wore a large hat with fabric from the dress making the band and cascading ribbon behind. My maid of honor chose a beautiful purple and turquoise print in a lovely shirt waist dress and we made ties to match for the groom and his best man.

  9. I bought some beautiful embroidered off-white silk even befor I had a prospective groom – and it’s still waiting for my guy to decide the time is right…

    But I once made a wedding dress for a Goth bride who was, naturally, getting married on Halloween. It was a medium gray taffeta, and we trimmed it with black lace, black pearls, and black crystals. She had a black tulle veil with gray ribbon flowers (that I made, matching the taffeta) as a headpiece. Perfectly traditional except for the color, and it turned out quite stunning. The bridesmaids, incidentally, were in a dark red (not -quite- burgundy), and the guys in ordinary black tuxes with not-quite-burgundy ties and pocket squares. And I made the ring bearer’s pillow from a scrap of the dress fabric.

  10. I’m a divorced lady, and if I should be so richly blessed to marry again I think I’d wear green. If white is about purity and newness, then green is about rebirth, new grass and new leaves after winter, life that prevails.

  11. For my Handfasting/wedding dress on Summer Solstice 2014, I wore a sky blue, gold, and white Medieval style overdress of Satin over a white cotton underdress. My husband wore a kilt. I made my own dress. For a traditional Celtic handfasting, we had my mother-in-law drape a tartan shawl over me to welcome into the family. We used ribbons of the colors taken from his kilt, my dress, and my favorite color pink. It was a wonderful day.

  12. My step-daughter’s young man told her that she couldn’t wear white because she wasn’t a virgin. [I never liked him.} She wasn’t born in the U.S. I told her that white stands for the purity of the love and commitment, and that some brides look best in pure white while others choose ivory for flattery. But since she’d had three kids, maybe hot pink would be nice, with a little jacket. My dress in 1983 was pure white and a square-neck Renaissance style with Juliet sleeves. If I would be marrying again, for summer I have a white hand-crocheted dress. For winter, I have a glorious dressy dirndl dress made of silk/wool jacquard fabric my mom bought in Salzburg for me. From a distance it looks black. It’s royal blue and black in a diamond pattern with pink roses and green leaves in the diamonds. It is princess cut, has a mandarin collar, jet buttons down the front, long sleeves, and a pink slubbed silk apron with silver ribbon trim over a full gathered skirt. I would put my hair up. If neither of these dresses seemed right, having had one white wedding, I would make or buy something bright turquoise. By the way, to me it’s “wedding gown” — not wedding dress. Just sounds better. And it’s “Too Daring” — not “To Daring”! I think you know this, Jill, but somebody doesn’t! I love your blogs!

  13. To Mimi,

    Yes, to vs too. Argh. I write these so fast, but no excuses. Good thing is, is there will be a dedicated editor for the newsletters.

    But, thank you for being nice about it!

  14. Yay for choices! Yay for being able to choose something you feel beautiful in and not pressured to wear white because of misguided notions of “tradition”. Let the de rigueur white dress/gown “tradition” (Western Euro) fade into the background and more colourful options be worn once again.

    The “tradition” of a white gown was largely fueled by Queen Victoria wearing one for her wedding in 1840. Until then, most brides wore either their best dress or bought/made a new dress that would then become her best dress for the next year or so. White was hugely impractical for daily life unless one was very wealthy and/or did little or nothing to get dirty. It wasn’t a symbol of purity or advertising the bride’s bodily condition (that would have been considered really tasteless), it was a display of wealth and leisure. Very much like the white day/tea dresses of the upper classes that were so popular in the early 1900s. Of course, those ladies didn’t wear the same dress all day long. They dressed for breakfast, the day’s activity, perhaps changed for luncheon, then dressed for dinner. Not many of us do that today!

  15. mine was silver lace & white and for reception its white with red lace…i’m from Asia (specifically in from Malaysia) we usually wear white on solemnization then wear colorful color on our reception day 🙂

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