Brides have been wearing ivory or white since Queen Victoria made it popular in the 19th century. However, in the 1930s, Wallis Simpson wore a pastel shade of blue to marry Edward, Duke of Windsor which for a short time inspired brides to also wear coloured gowns. This was mainly due to rationing during World War II, where women often wore their “Sunday Best” in pastel shades of yellow, blue and pink for their big day.
Fast forward almost 100 years and brides are again returning to wearing coloured wedding dresses, to reflect their personality, to wear their “something blue” or to just have some fun (not everyone suits ivory after all!)
If you want to embrace a different shade, then look to one of the UK’s leading alternative bridal boutiques, Rock The Frock, based in Chelmsford, Essex, who have some exclusive designs for the free spirited bride.
The handmade Mae dress by Chantel Lauren has a silk bodice with a delicate lace jacket and hand painted silk underskirt with a steel blue tulle overlay. It is such a dramatic dress, perfect for a destination wedding.
Or for something a little more adventurous how about Lola by Lucy Can’t Dance? It’s a colourful wedding dress with a stunning illusion back with trickling lace detail. The skirt is made from pure silk and is dip dyed in an eye catching blue.
Or maybe you want something subtler but still with a coloured effect. The bohemian wedding dresses by Katya Katya Shehurina can be worn with coloured slips underneath. Here they have added a blush pink slip which softens the overall look.
You can visit Rock The Frock for alternative wedding dresses for the free thinking bride at 35-36 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford Essex CM1 1TS and online at www.rockthefrockbridal.co.uk. They are also franchising across the UK so keep your eyes peeled for news of a bouquet near you soon!
By Kate Beavis