Many couples planning their weddings today want a unique, authentic, and personalized wedding. When a wedding is no longer cookie-cutter, why should the dress be? When telling their story, expressing their personal fashion style is one way; however, it’s playing more of a role in helping to thread the wedding altogether. It seems fashion designers in the wedding industry are evolving as quickly as technology and for salons, it’s quite honestly hard to keep up.
Just as everything comes full circle, color’s initial entrée into bridal gowns started in the 1960s as a trend. But here is the catch. In the 1960s and early 1970s, color dresses were reserved for second marriages. These short dresses were usually in the color of Light Blue, Light Pink or Blush, Light yellow or Mind Green. Designed with some sort of jacket, it was accessorized with a matching colored pill hat and short veil, pearl earrings, and necklace. Shoes were white or in a matching color with white gloves and flowers were in a matching color – Go Figure! Now you know why in the late 1990s and early 2000s so many brides marrying for the second time were puzzled why they could wear white.
So let’s get started, what is your style? Traditional, Boho, Beachy Destination, Casual, Courthouse, Free Spirit, or the new Sophisticated Sexy. Well, now designers are ushering in color on hand-painted silk, jumpers, and evening wear which can lend a nod to prom. How the designers are keeping up with it all is beyond us since they only create two bridal collections for the Fall and Spring fashion seasons.
Brides are embracing something different to go along with their something borrowed – something new and yes something blue. The Radical Red dress of yesterday is now replaced by the rocking Bold Black dress. Of course for some designers, they have been embracing the jumper or pantsuit and color for some time in the last four years. Although the flyover states have a reputation for being behind the curve of the new trends, the brides in the Midwest were slow to pick up on the trends but so were the East and West Coast brides.
Here are some of the Alternative Dresses to help you say YES to rocking the aisle.