The History of the White Dress: It’s OK to Wear Pink
Walk into any bridal shop, and you will see much of the same: wall to wall white in every corner. Sure, the styles vary, and even the shades can range from winter white to eggshell and ivory, but the intimation is the same.
Brides are expected to make their entrance in white.
Which is why it might surprise you to know that this wasn’t always the case. In fact, white wedding dresses didn’t come into popularity until the 1840’s when Queen Victoria insisted her dress be made of some coveted white lace. Word spread that white was the Queen’s wedding color of choice, and it wasn’t long before it became the symbol of purity we now see it as today.
Prior to that, however? Brides were more inclined to walk down the aisle in the best and most unique fabrics they could find. Bright, bold colors draped their skin, and saying “I Do” did not require adhering to any specific color palette at all. In fact, the more colorful the dress, the more well-off the bride was assumed to be.
It’s funny how drastically time can change these things, isn’t it?
SI love to see brides starting to veer away from the traditional white dress. In some cases, they are marrying for the second time and don’t see a reason to imitate traditions they held to the first time around. Other times, it will be an older bride who finds the whole “white for purity” thing to be just a little bit silly, particularly when she has been living and loving with her husband-to-be for quite some time already. And then there are the brides who simply don’t want to follow the same trends they have always seen. They would rather stand out, throwing on a gown that is different from what any of their friends may choose to wear to their own wedding.
They opt for color, so that they may stand apart from the crowd.
And is there really anything so wrong with that? Sure, for some women, the idea of a white dress may be paramount to the picture of a wedding they have had forever in their heads. And that is perfectly OK. If you have long dreamed about walking down the aisle in white, your Prince Charming waiting to declare himself to you, and everyone you love watching you exchange your vows in hushed oooohs and ahhhhs over your elegant beauty, that is absolutely the look you should go for. Traditions have a way of enduring for a reason, after all, and there are plenty of white wedding dresses that are undeniably drool-worthy and enviable in every way.
But if you feel yourself leaning towards something more unique, say a pastel pink gown or a flashy teal number, I say – go for it. Not only will you cause a stir when you first step into the room, but your photos will also turn out incredible with all that extra color popping in each and every shot.
When it comes to your wedding, the point should always be to be yourself. So don’t allow tradition to hold you back if you find yourself yearning for something different. This is your day, after all, and you can wear whatever color you want to.