In this first of a fabulous four-part installation, fashion forward Emily of Paper Tiger Press will be taking an expert look at unique and beautiful wedding gown choices to help your individuality shine on this most momentous of occasions! Take it away Emily…
Dress by Michael Cinco via Colin Cowie Weddings.
Look at more than two wedding gown websites and it’ll probably hit you that strapless ballgowns have kind of become the industry standard. Sure, it’s a cut that’s almost universally flattering, but is it really you? If you’re harboring some Disney Princess aspirations, I say go for it! There’s no better day to be in a ballgown, walking towards your Prince Charming. For everyone else however, it can be a frustrating process to find a dress that speaks to your individuality as a person…much less a bride. If you’re reading this and nodding sympathetically, I’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas you can consider adopting for your own big entrance.
First up…. Idea #1: Opt for colour
In an industry built on white, a coloured gown is the easiest way to make a style statement. To be honest, coloured wedding dresses aren’t exactly a new idea (see: any traditional Asian wedding) but in the international bridal market, it’s definitely a rising trend.
Dress by Sareh Nouri via Bridal Musings.
Dress by Elie Saab via Once Wed.
Dress by Oscar de la Renta Bridal.
Dress by via The Lane.
Champagnes and Nudes…
Dress by Shu Hsien Ryu and Dream Creations via Green Wedding Shoes.
Dress by Keeradenaan via Green Wedding Shoes.
Dress by Rhea Costa via The Mysterious Girl.
Dress by Zuhair Murad via The Lane.
The credit for coloured dresses goes to none other than Vera Wang. Not only for sending pastel wedding gowns down the runway, but for introducing rose-tinted gowns in her diffusion line for David’s Bridal, cementing it forever as the mainstream’s alternative to white.
Dress by White by Vera Wang via Grey Likes Weddings.
Dress by White by Vera Wang via The Budget Babe
Dress by (Singapore-based) Silhouette the Atelier via The Wedding Scoop.
Dress by Watters Palm Springs via 100 Layer Cake.
Dress by Kitty Chen via ZsaZsa Bellagio.
Dress by Veejay Floresca via Mango Red.
Dress by MXM Couture.
Dress by Thorne Artistry via 100 Layer Cake.
Fashion history aside, pink is a fresh take on virginal white without being so bold as to raise any parental eyebrows. But don’t just take my word for it: pink gowns have won over girl-next-door types like Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel and Kaley Cuoco on their big days, which says a lot for the wholesome appeal of this sweet shade.