We can thank Queen Victoria for making a white wedding dress the thing to wear on The Day (wedding photos showcasing her in a white lace gown inspired brides to don the color that later came to signify purity and bridal beauty, and the trend stuck). But after decades of matchy-matchy navy, plum, grey, emerald, and glittery dresses - and everything in between - we're sure intrigued about last year's major show of white or ivory bridesmaids dresses, that seems to have carried over into 2016. As 'non-traditional' as that concept may seem, it actually can work beautifully to create a serenely beautiful aesthetic that draws the small details of hair, flowers, and design to the forefront of your guests' attention.
If you're taking the plunge into a palatte of creamy whites or beautiful neutrals, here's our advice - make sure that you (the bride) stand out. Have your attendants in short dresses if yours is long...or all-lace if yours is simple...or swingy chiffon when you're in a structured gown. Of course you'll have your big moment when you walk down the aisle, but you should also draw the eye when standing next to your gals throughout the day. There's nothing we cringe at more than a photo of a bride in the middle of her party, and we can't tell who is the bride! While the tradition of placing identically-clad maids next to the bride to confuse evil spirits who have it out for the newlywed may be charming in an 1800s solidarity sisters, YAYA! kind of way, resist the urge to go for total uniformity.
As anyone who has ever painted a room "white" can attest to, there are about a million different shades. Coordinate yours with your design details and your environment! A woodsy wedding might call for a creamy ivory white or one with a warmer yellowy tint, especially if your guy's friends are wearing grey or camel. If you're getting married on a beach in the daytime, bright white may seem tempting but can end up blinding your guests and causing everyone to squint just to look at the bridal party. Soft ecru might be a better choice - or something with a blush or blue undertone to reflect your tropical surroundings.
And here's a tip from yours truly, a member of the delicate group of freckled fair-skinned ladies of the world - make sure that your maids have plenty of preparation in mind for sunscreen or tanning...tan lines or burn marks will only stand out against a pale dress all the more.
So start planning now - sift through endless neutral tones, don't forget to honor the opinions of relatives and friends (they're sure to come) who feel that white is for brides only...say a silent thank you to Queen Victoria and throw an all-white affair to remember.
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